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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Intentional Hands

We should intentionally begin everyday with open hands  – an openness to let go of the things that weigh us down, and receive all that God has in store for us. We need to open our eyes, minds, and heart to what God has in store for us. We see in Jesus’ life people had a hard time understanding this. 
“You are demon-possessed,” the crowd answered. “Who is trying to kill you?” Jesus said to them, “I did one miracle, and you are all amazed. Yet, because Moses gave you circumcision (though actually it did not come from Moses, but from the patriarchs), you circumcise a boy on the Sabbath. Now if a boy can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing a man’s whole body on the Sabbath?  Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” - John 7:20-24.

The people were unfamiliar with the personal ambitions of their leaders. It would be unthinkable to these people that their leaders would plot to kill a man. Therefore the only possible conclusion would be that Jesus was controlled by a demon or out of His mind.

Jesus reminded the crowd that circumcision regularly resulted in the breaking of Sabbath Laws (v.22). Law required it to be done on the eighth day regardless of what day that it fell on. The logic of Jesus’ argument was that if it is permissible to treat one part of the body on the Sabbath, then what was wrong with healing the whole body on the Sabbath? (v.23)
Jesus had done more than meet the physical need of this man. He had met his spiritual need as well. (vv. 5:8& 14)

Closed eyes, minds, and hearts keep people from meeting the Savior. Be open to all the Lord has in store for you through His Word.  Amen?