Summary: Crossroads of Misunderstanding: (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Seatbelts, airbags & crash helmets have gone along way towards protecting lives in collisions:
• But there is no safety device that will protect us,
• In one of life’s most common collisions – misunderstandings.
• They of course can happen anywhere and at anytime:
• Someone misjudges our motives or misreads our actions,
• And it can take days, months, even years to repair the damage,
• Sadly some are left un-repaired!
The most misunderstood individual who ever lived was Jesus Christ:
• Critics joked about his birth,
• Sarcasm comments regarding illegitimacy,
• They disputed his heavenly origin,
• With anger and passion they claimed that he belonged to the devil.
• They scorned his purpose and condemned his teachings.
• And in the end, those same people crucified him as a criminal.
Quote: John the apostle wrote (John chapter 1 verse 5):
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not understand it”.
• Christ collided with this darkness again and again and again,
• Mark chapter 3 gives us an insight of what it must have been like.
(1). Misunderstood by the Pharisees (vs 1-6).
For Jesus to enter a Synagogue was a brave thing:
• He had just clashed with the Pharisees (Mark chapter 2 verse 24),
• And now he is about to clash with them again.
In the Synagogue you could not miss them:
• They had the front seats, the seats of honour.
• It was the duty of the religious leaders to deal with anyone,
• Who broke their rules or who seemed likely to mislead the people,
• So they were there to make sure things were always done their way.
The Pharisees were the rule makers:
• They loved handing out photocopies of all their exiting do’s and don’ts.
• They added, big time, to the law of Moses.
Important rules such as women were not allowed to look in a mirror on the Sabbath.
• Because if she discovered a gray hair,
• She might commit the grievous sin of plucking it out!
Important rules like not wearing a broach because that would be carrying something.
They had another rule (over 700 for the Sabbath):
• This rule prohibited healing on the Sabbath,
• Unless the situation was life threatening.
For the third time in Mark’s gospel, Jesus deliberately violated the Pharisees Sabbath traditions:
• By healing this man with the withered hand, on the Sabbath.
• He could have avoided the Synagogue or the man, but he didn’t.
In fact verse 3 tells us:
• Jesus told the man to “Stand up in front of everybody”.
• Jesus was deliberately ‘in their face’.
On seven occasions recorded for us in the Gospels, Jesus heals somebody on the Sabbath.
• Not one of those occasions would the Pharisees have said,
• That there was an immediate danger of death.
• In other words why not wait 24 hours before healing those people,
• It would not really have made that much difference.