Impotent Church; Impotent spiritual Leadership 3
On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, "Get up and stand in front of everyone." So he got up and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, "I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?" He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He did so, and his hand was completely restored. But they were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus. Luke 6:6-11NIV
Which should occupy these men whom Jesus said sit on Moses’ seat (Matt23:1-3)? I should think that their concern should have been a brother in the church who has hands but not able to use them because of a cause not his own. He was not lazy but unable to use the hand.
Instead they were occupied with one who went about doing good and healing those oppressed by demons. They could not feel the pain of one of their own, who needed to be helped to stretch out his hand. They would rather have him in the list of less-privileged. What does it mean to be less-privileged? It simply means to be in want of more privileges to enhance ones chances in life. The less-privileged in our midst are only crying out to be helped to fit into society. Instead we put thirty year old women in the list of widows, which is against bible rules (1Tim5:9). Every end of year they share more than hundred bags of rice to the “less-privileged” instead of helping them at the beginning of the year to upgrade so that they can buy their own rice. They buy examination forms for hundreds instead of empowering their parents to take care of their children. They gather together worn out clothes their own children will never be permitted to wear and send them to the “less-privileged”; some even send them from abroad. When they go to the orphanage homes they give what is far less than what they use to buy their children’s snacks and they announce their folly on air. They offer the children of the “less-privileged” jobs and pay them in a month less than ten percent of what they use to feed their pet dogs in a week.
On a Sunday, a family comes to church with three different cars to help the “less-privileged” because they cannot read where Jesus said that at least one of the cars should be sold and the money given to the poor (less-privileged). And most pastors call them philanthropists (Mark10:21).
So there came a day when Jesus in His characteristic manner – even as He is about to do now- steps forward and commanded the shriveled hand of the less-privileged to stretch out, but they were not happy. They believe He should keep the Sabbath holy. He should work on none Sabbath days. Let me ask them, “Of the more than thirty years of this man’s none Sabbath days, what have they done about the shriveled hand?” Let me ask again, “Does hunger and sickness keep the Sabbath holy?” “Does depression and frustration honor the Sabbath rest?”
Lord Jesus, in this season when many are going hungry in midst of plenty, please step forward and call the less-privileged forward. Ignore those who frown at your benevolence and bid every shriveled hand among your children to be healed in Jesus Name! May the agonies of those multiply who hate to see your children’s hands healed in Jesus’ Name! Lord please seek them out, in whatever congregation, office or family they may be, in Jesus’ Name! Let this be a season of divine visitation for your people, in Jesus’ Name!
Every shriveled hand be healed in Jesus’ Name! Every withered hand be restored in Jesus’ Name! Receive your healing and deliverance now, in Jesus Name! They will frown but you will rejoice, in Jesus’ Name!
May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, "The Lord be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant." Ps 35:27 NIV
If you are the company of those who delight in the vindication of God’s children type a bold Halleluiah!