“He looked around at them in anger…
deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts…”
Mark 3:5 (NIV)
I sat in the coffee shop with the man and listened to his sorry recitation of a life deeply wounded by the selfish actions of another member of his family. My heart went out to him as it was very obvious that he had been deeply affected by the other person’s wrong behaviour.
As I listened and sipped my coffee, I tried to sort through the pain of my friend and figure out what was anger and what was sorrow over what had happened. It was hard for me to tell just where he was at, but I was most concerned and sought to help relieve some of the hostility I heard in his voice.
Our Lord Jesus found Himself in a situation that caused Him anger and grief. We can read the context of our verse for today in Mark 3:1-6. The scene is of Jesus entering a synagogue on the Sabbath day. A man attended there whose hand was shrivelled.
Jesus’ enemies watched Him carefully to see if He would heal the man on the Sabbath. To their way of thinking no doctor could treat a patient on the Sabbath unless the person would die that very day if they refrained. How to keep the Sabbath was a “hot issue” in Jesus’ time and people were taught so many rules about how to keep the command that said “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy” that they found it impossible to conform.