I posted late yesterday, so I know that you're still digesting what was published, but thanks for all the great feedback from the events of this past Sunday (which were obviously the result of the beautiful Week of Prayer). There really is something new and fresh and exciting in the CITN air, and many of you have expressed that very well on the last several blog posts. Anyway, I need to get back to writing MITN, so here's verses 9 - 14 of Chapter 12 (verses 1 - 8 were posted on December 29...man, it's amazing how time flies!)...
Speaking of my books, there's a new blog that you can click on (above in orange letters) that is just about the things that I've written so far. I'm making my material more accessible on the internet, so I'd like to ask you to do me a big favor. There's no hurry, but when you get a chance, would you please go to the new blog (Books by Jim Swilley), and scroll through all of it to see if there's a post about a book of mine that you've read that you could write just a little blurb (2 or 3 lines) about on the appropriate comments page? The format is different from this blog, but it's easy to do. I really would apreciate it.
Now here's MITN. Enjoy!
9. Going on from that place, He went into their synagogue,
10. and a man with a shriveled hand was there. As always, the religious leaders were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus of something, so they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"
11. Instead of directly answering their question of entrapment, He said to them, "Let me ask you this…if any of you has a sheep, and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out?
12. Well, how much more valuable is a person…a human being…than a sheep! Therefore, we can say that it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."
13. Then, to validate His point, and to take the conversation out of the limited realm of natural, religious law, He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand, friend." So the man stretched it out, and immediately it was completely restored to the same soundness of the other hand.
14. But, as usual, the Pharisees were unfazed by the miraculous. So they went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus because, once again, He had embarrassed them, and had made their rules and regulations seem silly and irrelevant.