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Aug 22, 2021

The Pharisaical Empire Strikes Back

The Pharisaical Empire Strikes Back

Passage: Matthew 12:9-21:21

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Category: Expository Book Study

The Sabbath Wars continue to escalate between Jesus and Pharisees. Upon entering a synagogue, Jesus encounters a man with withered hand. In an attempt to trap him, the Pharisees ask, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” Quickly, Jesus turns the question back on them to expose their hard hearts and self-righteousness, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out?" This question left them speechless, but it gave them a front row seat to see Jesus’ compassion on display as he healed the man’s withered hand. Rather than rejoice at the miracle they just witnessed they begin to seek revenge against Christ. Aware of this, Jesus departs and begins to heal all those who are following him to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah. The principle for us is to have a time of rest each week, but that cannot stand in our way from helping those around us who truly need it.