Healing of the Man with a Withered Hand

By: Fr. Seraphim SlobodskoyRead time: 1 min3893 Hits

Healing of the Man with a Withered Hand

It came to pass also on another Sabbath that Jesus entered the synagogue (the house of meeting and prayer). There was a man with a withered hand. The Pharisees wishing to find some charge to make against the Saviour watched closely to see whether or not He would heal the sick man on the Sabbath.

The Saviour knowing their thoughts said to the man, “Rise up and stand forth in the midst.”

Then, turning to the Pharisees, He said, “I will ask you one thing. Is it lawful on the Sabbath days to do good or to do evil to save life or to destroy it?”

They remained silent.

And looking round about them all, He said, “What man of you, if he has one sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

Then, the Saviour turned to the man and said, “Stretch out your hand.”

The man extended his withered hand, and it was restored in whole like the other.

The Pharisees were filled with madness, went out of the synagogue, and took counsel among themselves how to destroy Jesus.

Jesus with his disciples withdrew from there, and many followed Him, and He preaching healed all the sick.

Note: See the Gospels of Matthew 12:9-14; Mark 3:1-6; and Luke 6:6-11