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Saturday, May 11 2013
Is It Lawful To Heal On The Sabbath Day?
"Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath Day?"
The incident of the Messiah driving the merchants and money changers out of the Temple (see also Who Has A Spirit Of Confrontation?) is one of the few recorded events in which the Son of God expressed righteous anger as a human (He often did so back in the "Old Testament" era, just as He will again upon His return; see The Kingdom Of The LORD God and What Happens After The Messiah Returns?). After removing the abusers, the Messiah healed people there - much to the displeasure of the religious authorities, who had permitted people to abuse the Temple, but who then became resentful of the Messiah miraculously healing people there.
"21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
A similar incident occurred in a Synagogue when the Messiah's healing of the sick produced not only resentment in the minds of the jealous religious authorities, but thereafter their lust to kill Him - to which He "looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts."
"3:1 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. 3:2 And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him. 3:3 And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.
The Messiah healed people every day of the week, including the Sabbath - because it was the right thing to do. But instead of rejoicing that suffering people were healed of their ailments, the religionists used the healings "that they might accuse Him" of doing wrong. Another example:
"1:21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. 1:22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. 1:23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 1:24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
"My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves"
Regardless of the reaction of the hypocrites, those who were healed were appreciative. Among them was Peter's mother in law:
"1:29 And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 1:30 But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her. 1:31 And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them." (Mark 1:29-31 KJV)
A crippled man "was made whole" by Christ on the Sabbath (a Day that all of humanity was made whole - see The Day Of Christ's Resurrection):
"5:2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. 5:3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 5:4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. 5:5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 5:6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
Christ wasn't merely an observer of God's only true Sabbath (see Why Observe The True Sabbath?), He was also a teacher on the Sabbath. Within His Sabbath teachings were Sabbath healings.
"13:10 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 13:11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. 13:12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. 13:13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
The primary reason that the religionists had Christ killed was because they couldn't withstand the Truth that He spoke - that always overwhelmed their lack of genuine knowledge (e.g. see Resurrections, Angels and Spirits).
"14:1 And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him. 14:2 And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. 14:3 And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? 14:4 And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;
The greatest irony was when He was criticized by spiritually blind people (see the Fact Finder question below) for healing physically blind people, on the Sabbath.
"9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
Fact Finder: How did the actual Law that Jesus Christ, as "the LORD God" (again, see The Kingdom Of The LORD God), gave to ancient Israel get turned into a religion that rejects Him?
This Day In History, May 11
330: Constantinople became the new capital of the Roman Empire. Named after the Emperor Constantine, it was built over the ancient city of Byzantium. Constantine was the creator of the antichrist Church of Rome (and hence of its subsequent "protestant daughters" who rejected the Pope's leadership, but not his doctrines; see Antichristians) as the official state religion of his empire (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad). Constantine is also the creator of "Sun Day" (see Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
1310: In France, fifty-four members of the Knights Templar were burned at the stake as heretics.
1502: Christopher Columbus set out on his fourth and final voyage to the West Indies. The "America" that Columbus discovered for Spain was in the Caribbean Sea, where all four of his voyages took place; what became Canada and the U.S.A. were created by the Netherlands, England and France, far north of where Columbus ever explored.
1573: Henry of Anjou became the first elected king of Poland.
1647: Dutch colonial administrator Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam (today known as New York City) to become governor of New Netherlands (which later became New England).
1690: In the first major engagement of King William's War, British troops from Massachusetts in "New England" seized Port Royal in Acadia (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) from the French, with the objective of taking "New France" (i.e. most of what later became eastern Canada).
1745: The Battle of Fontenoy in Belgium. The French under Maurice de Saxe fought the British and allies under the duke of Cumberland during The War of The Spanish Succession.
1792: The Columbia River was "discovered" (the Indians already knew it for centuries) by Captain Robert Gray.
1812: British Prime Inter Spencer Perceval was shot by a bankrupt banker in the lobby of the House of Commons.
1820: HMS Beagle was launched. It became the ship that took Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage.
1866: Confederate President Jefferson Davis was released after spending two years in prison for his role in the U.S. Civil War.
1871: In the Swan Hotel at Frankfurt-am-Main, German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck signed the agreement transferring all of Alsace and much of Lorraine from France to Germany.
1885: The final and bloodiest battle of the Riel Rebellion in Canada. General Frederick Middleton defeated the Metis rebels at the Battle of Batoche in Saskatchewan.
1916: Albert Einstein's Theory of General Relativity was published.
1924: Mercedes-Benz was formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz by merging their two companies.
1960: Israeli agents captured Nazi fugitive Adolf Eichmann (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) in Buenos Aires and returned him to Israel for trial. He was found guilty and executed.
1998: France became the first EU country to produce the new European currency when its mint struck the first Euro coins (see Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).