The first sign of unbelief

In Mark 3 we get the first account of outright unbelief.  Jesus heals the man with the withered hand and the Pharisees respond with unbelief.  There first reaction is to say that he could not be from God because God wouldn’t heal on the Sabbath.  “After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” (v.5) And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.”  Jesus tolerates true questioning, but he will not stand for unbelief.  He gets upset and is also saddened by the lack of belief of these men.

Often I respond with unbelief.  When Jesus does something that doesn’t fit in with my view of Christianity I have a hard time believing it is really him.  I am quick to judge the Pharisees, but more often than not my reaction to situations aligns with their responses more than it does the response of those who believed.

As we begin a new week, may we walk into it with an open mind looking for ways that Jesus is working outside of natural way that we expect him to act.

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