07 Man with a shriveled hand

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MAN WITH A SHRIVELED HAND

 

Matthew 12:9-14 (NIV)                                                                              
9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, and a man with a shrivelled hand was there. 10 Looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?" 11 He said to them, "If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath." 13 Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.


Mark 3: 1-6 (NIV)                                                                                       
1 Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shrivelled 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 shrivelled 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.

 

Luke 6:6-11 (NIV)

6 On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose fight hand was shrivelled. 7 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. 8 But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shrivelled hand, "Get up and stand in front of everyone." So he got up and stood there. 9 Then Jesus said to them, "I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save or to destroy it?" 10 He looked around at them all, and said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He did so, and his hand was completely restored. 11 But they were furious and began to discuss with
one another what they might do to Jesus.

 

BASIC QUESTIONS

1.     Identify as completely as possible the person in need (e.g., age, ethnic origin, religion, gender, social status).

 

2. What was the immediate, obvious need?

 

3. Who took the initiative in effecting the healing?

      The person in need?                         . Others?                       . Jesus? ~.

      How was it expressed?

4.     Describe the actions or process leading to the healing; that is, what was said (e.g., questions, requests, com­mands) and what was done (e.g., approaching, following, touching, publicly/privately), and by whom?

 

5. Did the person in need or someone else verbally express faith?                                . Non-verbally? ~. Describe how
      and by whom faith was involved in this healing.

 

6. What were the evidences that the person was healed?

 

7. What were the reactions to the healing?

 

8. What in this narrative led Jesus to minister healing to the person in need?

 

DIGGING DEEPER

 

1. Where and when does this event take place? What part does the time and place play in this account, i.e.,

what would be tree of this place at this time?

2.     Other than Jesus and the man, who are described as being present? Was the man there expressly to be healed?

3. What happens when the man follows Jesus' instructions? Does Jesus lay on hands? Say any healing words?

Pray?

4. What does Jesus say about the relative value of humans versus animals? Would you use Matthew 12:12 in a discussion with "animal fights" people?

5. Is the healing ministry offered by your parish? On Sunday mornings? If not, why? If so, what are the reactions?

6. What lesson(s) have you learned about healing from this account?