What Jesus Did! 'Angry Eyes' — Mark 3:3-5

Sunday, February 14, 2016

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Jesus said to the man with the crippled hand, "Stand up here so that all the people can see you." Then Jesus asked the people, "Which thing is right to do on the Sabbath day: to do good, or to do evil? Is it right to save a life or to destroy one?" The people said nothing to answer Jesus. Jesus looked at the people. He was angry. But he felt very sad because they were stubborn. Jesus said to the man, "Let me see your hand." The man put his hand out for Jesus, and it was healed.
— Mark 3:3-5 NLT
Illustration of Mark 3:3-5 NLT — "Let me see your hand."

Key Thought

Jesus becomes angry with his critics because they had lost the whole sense of the Sabbath. Instead of making the Sabbath a day to bless and refresh God's human creations, they had made it a day full of rules to the point of harming people. Jesus is angry and disturbed because of their hard hearts and their inability to see how they had perverted something God had intended for good. When religion goes astray, when what is called faith becomes a tool for hurting those whom God intends to bless, then it must be confronted. That is precisely what Jesus does!

Today's Prayer

Father in Heaven, please never let my heart become hardened because of my religious zeal. I want to be passionate in my faith, but I never want to become so blind that I distort your will and end up hurting those you want to bless. Keep my heart soft—open to you and to those whom you want me to touch with your grace. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 10:2-4
  • Mark 6:1-6
  • John 7:22-24

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.