Mark 2:23-Ch.3:6  Withered no more


Crazy Laws Still on the Books



*It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.

*Dominoes may not be played on Sunday.

*It is illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.



you can't carry a concealed weapon that is over 6 feet in length.  No Bazookas


Memphis, Tennessee,

a woman is not to drive a car unless a man warns approaching motorists or pedestrians by walking in front of the car that is being driven.

Crazy Law:

A) God’s Law: Honor the Sabbath …. Keep it holy


B) Day of rest – refreshed – focused in the Lord

1) Renewal and reflection


C) Man’s laws – Volumes were written explaining Sabbath – what constituted working

1) Couldn’t walk more that  a hundred feet of your home


D) Couldn’t cook or Bake

1) Animal gets lose can’t go get him


E) Day that was supposed to be a blessing becomes a burden


Jesus Picking grain: Religious leaders offended

A) Remember what David did – Bread for the Priest ate it


B) Principle: Human need is more important than religious tradition

1) Sabbath made for man – God knows we need to rest !

Next scene Jesus illustrates this Principle – Human need is more important than religious tradition

Mark 3:1-3

And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand.2 So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him.


A) This is so sad – watching not with anticipation hoping that man would be healed


B) Watching to see – Break Sabbath – accuse


C) Attitude in going to Church – watch for what is wrong .  How worship

1) Africa –


D) Miss out on a Blessing


Something is terribly wrong – Spirit will reveal it to you

A) Be blessed by the Diversity –


B) So the religious leaders were watching for the wrong reasons







Mark 3:3-6

3 And He said to the man who had the withered hand,  "Step forward."4 Then He said to them, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" But they kept silent.

5 And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other. 6 Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.


Historian Jerome – Good evidence that the man was a stone worker – injured his hand

A) Injury affects his livelihood . Could no longer provide for his family


B) The well being of his entire family was affected by the injury



C) Jesus asks him to do the Impossible – stretch forth your hand – Problem he couldn’t


D) Trying to be funny ?


Important Principle – God’s commandments are God’s enablements



What is your need tonight!

A) Struggling with Pornography – Walk in Purity

I can’t – or believe God’s word – do it


B) Love your wife – You don’t know her

1) Excuses – Do it – God’s Spirit


C) Submit to your husband – that is impossible

1) Is it – God would not have commanded it


D) Problem with lying – Speak the truth

1) God’s commandment is your enablement


Turn to

Romans 6 :




Listen the Choice is yours


You can struggle in sin – fight with temptation or you can stand forth / stretch out your hand


And be made whole today.











Rom 6:5-13

5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,


6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.


7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.


11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.


13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God