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  • Pastor Mark Parsons

From Theory to Reality

Following an encounter with the Pharisees regarding Jesus disciples picking heads of grain on the Sabbath and eating them…Jesus now enters the synagogue. (Matthew 12:9)

A man with a shriveled hand was there. The religious leaders asked Jesus, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath.” Jesus gives the example of a sheep falling in a pit and that any of them would surely lift it out. Aren’t people much more valuable than a sheep. Then, instead of debating the merits of his argument any further, Jesus had the man stretch out his hand and Jesus completely restored it.


1. When are you more likely to discuss or debate theology rather than actually serve with love?

2. How was Jesus’ inspiring role of a servant different from the Pharisees aspiring role as leaders?

“How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” Matthew 12:12
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