Steve Ngai (危 志 荣) KuaLa Lumpur, Malaysia

Mark 3: 1-6

Jesus Heals on the Sabbath
1 Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. 2 Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. 3 Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.”

4 Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.

5 He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. 6 Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

v5 – Anger is not sin but a feeling or emotion. The human being God created has feeling. Other examples of feelings are happy, sad, surprised, fear and awe. In Psalms 4: 4, it says “In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.”

In the bible, there are only a few occasion whereby Jesus feels angry and here is one of them. Here, he is angry at the hardness of men’s hearts.

References for deep study on anger –

Crowds Follow Jesus
7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. 8 When they heard about all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. 9 Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him. 10 For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him. 11 Whenever the evil[a] spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 But he gave them strict orders not to tell others about him.

v12 – Why Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell others about him? There are many times Jesus do this same thing.

One of the reasons is if people tell who Jesus is, then everyone will go after Jesus and affect his ministry. His priority is always helping people spiritual and then later only meeting people’s physical needs. And it is not always effective when there are always crowd around. Jesus can preach to the crowd which he did but after the crowd preaching, personal attention is needed to follow up on it. And after becoming Christian, follow up still needed with the help of each other in a smaller group.