Vs. 13, “Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him...” Again, we see Jesus on the Sabbath healing a person (vs. 1-6)…I’ll expound on this passage in the application. Many crowds would naturally flock to Jesus who was preaching, teaching and healing (vs. 7-12). We also see Jesus call the twelve apostles (one who is sent with a commission)…when Jesus calls, we better be ready to come (vs. 13-19). We see a great sin from the teachers of the law as they accuse Jesus of being Beelzebub (another name for Satan) (vs. 20-30). And lasty, we are reminded that family isn’t dictated by bloodline, it is dictated by faith (vs. 31-34).
Regarding application….Stubborn Hearts. Vs. 5, ”He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts…” How sad. The people were more concerned about the letter of the law than they were for someone who needed help. Question: How does that look today? There are many in the chuch that love to criticize the way churches do things. They go to church with a critical eye rather than see the hurting people around them. Open your heart and look inside. Be honest to Jesus and when you go to church this week, let’s reach out an encouraging hand and help heal the hearts of others!