PROXIMITY IS NOT ENOUGH

DAY 18

Mark 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.

We are informed of a man with a withered hand sitting in the synagogue. It would be strange if this account represented his first attendance. Yet, while the spotlight falls largely on this man, whose restoration appeared to trigger a joint meeting to find a way to deal with Jesus, it is the hardness of heart of the Pharisees that catches attention.

This group of people knew the law through and through, hence their refusal to answer Jesus was quite telling for they knew what their answer ought to be. All things being equal, they would know that doing good and saving would be supported by the law over harm and killing. Regardless, they kept silent.

They had read themselves and equally heard the law being read hundreds of times, but it had been made of none effect in their lives. Beloved, you can be sat in church for eons, be the oldest convert or founding member. You could even be a walking Bible with the ability to recite scriptures like a poem.

All that means little because you can spend a millenia in the house of God and still not be changed. It isn’t just about you being in proximity to the Word of God, it is about its inherent capacity and your willingness to let that Word transform you.

#sly

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