What Makes Jesus Furious?

September 6, 2014


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Jesus was furious as He looked out over the crowd, and He was grieved by their hard hearts.

~Mark 3:5


The only way to be anger and sin not, is to be angry at sin.

~Matthew Henry

my two cents worth.

Jesus was angry more than once but He did not sin: His anger was against sin. In John 11:38 Jesus was intensely troubled, embrimaomai [to snort or groan with anger]. Some scholars believe Jesus groaned in anger due to the unbelief of the Jews who were accompanying Mary and Martha to the tomb. In Mark 3:5 we have two words, orgē  [anger, wrath, indignation] and syllypeō [inward grief from the pain of indignation]. I like the way the VOICE translated this verse: Jesus was furious and grieved. In Mark there is no question, Jesus was upset with the religious Jews for their lack of compassion on the man with a withered hand. They could have cared less about the man and his hand, their concern was with the law. They considered healing work and thus Jesus was working on the Sabbath.

Ironically, it was they who were breaking the law. The law can be summed up in two commandments: [1] Love the LORD God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind and [2] Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself. They were in violation of both: Jesus was God and they were not loving HIM and they didn’t love their neighbor with a withered hand either. They understood the letter of the law but they didn’t understand the spirit of the law. God did not create man for the Sabbath: He created the Sabbath for man. The Jews had it backwards. They had twisted the truth to pacify their vain motives.

Who does Christ want you to show compassion on today? There is someone in the circle of your influence that needs to know you care. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to find that person and show them compassion.


  1. GOLDEN GIRLS this morning 9:00 am. I think I am getting pecan pancakes.
  2. Had a great visit with Kenny Holladay yesterday. Kenny was feeling good, PTL. I do believe he will make a BAMA game before the season is over.
  3. Miss Clara was not feeling good last night but they say she is better. Holly and I carried the gift bags you sent and she said “Thanks.” Of course she is partial to Big Mama who got her a baby doll but she liked everything. We didn’t stay long because she felt bad. She is in the new part of Children’s. It was my first time to see the new facility. It was impressive and full. It is always full of sick children. There will not be in hospitals in heaven. Praise Jesus, we will not need them up there.
  4. No bulletins Sunday. It has been a long time since I did one and I used my time to study. Be sure and appreciate the girls when they get back: Both Mandy and Shohn do a good job. Regular schedule Sunday, plus I have to go to Athens Sunday evening. I’ll be one tired puppy [old dog] Sunday night.
  5. Sunday’s Deacon’s meeting is open to all Deacons whether you are active or not. We have a couple of hard decisions coming up and a business meeting most likely. I want to get as much feed back as possible before we schedule the Business Meeting. I think we are looking at October 5.
  6. Holly and I got home late last night and so my proofer went to bed…this is unedited…do the best you can.

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