Stretch Out Your Hand

                                                                            Stretch Out Your Hand

The Lord God of ALL CREATION says…….        STRETCH OUT YOUR HAND!!!!
WHO WILL STRETCH IT OUT???    TONIGHT           BY FAITH??
I want to talk to you about LOVE/COMPASSION tonight
Mar 3:1  And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.
Mar 3:2  And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.
Mar 3:3  And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.
Mar 3:4  And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.
Mar 3:5  And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

In Mark 3, Jesus entered into a synagogue and found a man there with a withered hand.
The Pharisees were WATCHING to see IF Jesus would heal the man on the Sabbath
WHY…. Because you can do NO WORK during the Sabbath…
NOT EVEN HEAL THE SICK…
LISTEN…literally dragging a chair across the dirt floor was WORKING!     (plowing)
And Jesus said to them, 'Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to kill?'
But they kept SILENT
After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man,
STRETCH OUT YOUR HAND   COME ON
WHEN JESUS SAYS DO SOMETHING     DO IT
And he stretched it out, and his hand was RESTORED
The MAN had to FEEL the PRESSURE of the EVIL EYES of the Pharisses WATCHING
Their was PRESSURE On the MAN AS WELL  
The Pharisees had NO REGARD for the man whose hand was withered.
They DID NOT CARE that he SUFFERED….  
His handicap was of NO CONCERN to THEM.
Their hearts were SO HARDENED they FELT NO PITY for what the man was ENDURING
They DID NOT LOVE HIM.
BUT JESUS
Ahhh      SOMEBODY say    JESUS
JESUS DID CARE        COME ON
AND HE HEALED THE MANS HAND!!!!
The Pharisees DID NOT CARE and THAT is WHY they were watching INSTEAD of doing something.
They wanted to CATCH HIM BREAKING the RULES.

They cared MORE for their religious RULES than they did for THOSE whom the rules were MADE FOR
They were MORE CONCERNED for A FORM of godliness than for the POWER of God.
2Ti 3:1  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2Ti 3:2  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2Ti 3:4  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Ti 3:5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Say TURN AWAY….
LISTEN..  the RELIGIOUS RULERS COULD NOT HEAL THE MAN
THEY LET HIM LAY THERE ALL THE TIME
IT WAS THE COMPASSION that Christ felt for the man.
His LOVE caused Him to BREAK THE RULES and HEAL on the Sabbath.
TRULY, the GREAT POWER of God IS LOVE.
EVERYTHING God DOES is MOTIVATED by LOVE
FOR YOU / ME…LOVE for His creation.

Jesus loved this man ENOUGH to break the rules for him.
Yet, He was ANGRY at the HARDNESS of hearts of the Pharisees.
He saw their Callousness - how they CARED MORE for their RULES than this man – IT ANGERED HIM.

His Response was to FACE their Judgmental Attitudes and in DEFIANCE to their HATEFUL HEARTS
He told the man, "Stretch out your hand!"

Jesus DID NOT CARE that He was breaking their rules, he ONLY CARED to LOVE this man and RESTORE HIM.
He did what was OFFENSIVE to them because He was MOVED WITH COMPASSION for the man.
WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU WERE MOVED WITH COMPASSION FOR SOMEONE ELSE????
Jesus was a RULE BREAKER, a REBEL
BUT Jesus was a rule breaker for the GOOD of men NOT HIMSELF
THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE, WE LIKE TO SAY WE ARE REBELS, BUT FOR WHOSE GOOD?
US / SOMEONE ELSE / GOD?
The Pharisees were Rule KEEPERS at the COST of men.
They SACRIFICED PEOPLE for the SAKE of the LAW they served
FOR THE SAKE OF THEIR RELIGION   ex
Jesus SERVED the people He LOVED at ANY COST
EVEN INCLUDING HIS LIFE….
SOMETIMES RULES ARE BROKEN FOR GOOD REASON
Pastor Jesse ARE YOU TELLING US THAT GOD ALLOWS US TO BREAK RULES…..
YUP
FOR THE GREATER GOOD / for the KINGDOM…YES
Mar 2:23  And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.
Mar 2:24  And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?
Mar 2:25  And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him?
Mar 2:26  How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?
David broke the rules for the SAKE of his men
Mar 2:27  And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

THIS can be SO LIBERATING IF YOU UNDERSTAND
God DID NOT create man so He could have SERVANTS for HIS SABBATH
He created the Sabbath for HIS SERVANTS  YOU / ME
The Sabbath was made so we would have a day of REST; and that SOUNDS / IS a WONDERFUL IDEA.
But the Pharisees TURNED this rule that was made for the GOOD of man into a HARSH / LEGALISTIC LAW
When we take a GOOD RULE and use it to WOUND or MANIPULATE OTHERS
We have become NO BETTER than the Pharisees.
Rules in ministry are good
But when we put our rules and regulations ABOVE the people we serve….
We are NO LONGER SERVING people, but the RULES we have ESTABLISHED
If we put our RULES ABOVE God, we have STOPPED SERVING God and are NOW SERVING RULES.
God IS a God of order, but He is MORE SO a God of love.

MANY TIMES in scripture Jesus broke the man-made laws in order to show forth the LAW OF LOVE
Jesus POINTED OUT the GREATEST LAW                     It was the LAW OF LOVE
To love God with ALL your heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself (see Mark 12:30-31).
HONESTLY didn’t God SHOW us His love when He sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins.

When we STACK UP ALL of our man-made rules against the LAW OF LOVE
They FAIL MISERABLY SHORT of the heart of God.
They are sometimes good, yes, but the law of love is GREATER
AND IN that LOVE we will FIND the TRUE POWER of God.
IN FACT YOU / I will FIND God HIMSELF!

WHO WANTS TO FIND GOD TODAY??
THEN START LOVING SOMEONE OTHER THAN YOURSELF!!!   COME ON
The Church has been HELD BACK because we have CARED MORE about "having church"
THAN we have LOVED the TRUE CHURCH
WHAT / WHO is the TRUE CHURCH
THE PEOPLE…. YOU (point them out)
YOU’RE THE CHURCH this is SIMPLY a STRUCTURE
You will notice that we DO NOT SCOLD children HERE AT LIVING WORD
We ACTUALLY ENCOURAGE the people to BRING the CHILDREN
WE ENCOURAGE The PARENTS to WORSHIP and PRAISE in FRONT of THEIR CHILDREN
WHY???  I don’t know MAYBE BECAUSE…
Mat 19:14  But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
We are to be as little children before OUR GOD        COME ON
WHAT BETTER REMINDER?  
THEY DO NOT CARE:  Dressed, how silly they look
IF THIS TRULY IS GODS HOUSE…….  I SAY                 
LET THE CHILDREN RUN
LET THE CHILDREN FOLLOW AFTER JESUS
SET THE CAPTIVES FREE
REJOICE

WHO IS THE BOSS OF LIVING WORD?  GOD
Will it be OUR RULES?   OR HIS?
When Jesus says Stretch out your hand?  WILL YOU
When the Lord asks the question IS IT PERMISSIBLE / LAWFUL
Will we ANSWER?  OR REMAIN SILENT?
KNOWING the ANSWER, but keeping SILENT because of the HARDNESS in our hearts?

Will we grieve the Lord?
Or, will we CHOOSE to LOVE GOD
I SAY LOVE GOD… I SAY                                                           I CHOOSE TO LOVE YOU FATHER
I SAY HELP US LORD SET THIS WORLD ABLAZE  WITH YOUR LOVE!!!               COME ON
I WANT THE FIRE LORD…say that church
ASK FOR THE FIRE OF GOD RIGHT NOW….

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