Mark 3-4 ~ Day 16 ~ Miracles still happen!!
The verse that stood out to me today was, “Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” (Mark 3:3)
I am the type of person who likes to visualize the scene. “Shriveled hand” can also be translated, “withered”, “dried up”; one Greek translation says, “The passive particle implies that his hand had been paralyzed by an accident or illness.”
I went to school with a guy who had nerve damage to his lower arm and hand after a waterskiing accident. The resulting damage to his hand could be easily seen across the room. He couldn’t move his hand, there was wasting away of the muscle and contracting of tendons.
If Jesus was asking the guy to stand up in front of everyone, you can imagine they could all see the obvious deformity. There was no debate that the guy had a problem!
The hand was healed before their eyes, yet the Pharisees “went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus” (3:6). Like the guest writer mentioned on Day 6 in reference to Matt. 11:21-24, “Seeing miracles and then continually denying Jesus appears to be more detrimental for individuals on the day of judgement, for what excuse can then be had?” God is the same today as he was yesterday (Hebrews 13:8), so he is still doing miracles! May we all be open to seeing them so we don’t hear Jesus say to us, “Woe to you.”😬
On a totally different note, I am ashamed to say that I have been a Christian for several decades now and still can’t list the 12 disciples by memory! For the amount of times I have read about them, I really should know them! Anyone up for a challenge? Who can memorize them 1st?
Can anyone come up with a creative acronym for me? 😄
Bart (aka Nate)
Matt (aka Levi)