”And He entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. And they watched Him, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath day; that they might accuse Him. And Jesus saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth. ”
“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. And when Jesus had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, He saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other. ”
“And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy him.”
And He entered again into the synagogue, Perhaps in Capernaum, where he had before cast out the unclean spirit; but not on the same day, nor on that day He had the debate with the Pharisees, about His disciples plucking the ears of corn on the Sabbath day; but on another Sabbath, perhaps the next; see Luke 6:6.
And there was a man there which had a withered hand; who came there either for a cure, knowing Christ to be in the synagogue, or for the sake of worship.
And they watched Him, The ruler of the synagogue, and the principal men in it; particularly the Scribes and Pharisees, who followed Jesus wherever He went.
They observed Jesus diligently, and kept their eyes upon Him; to see whether He would heal the man on the sabbath day; which, knowing Jesus’ readiness to do good, they might expect He would.
Stand forth: or, as in Luke, “rise up and stand forth in the midst”, Luke 6:8. He bid him rise up from his seat, and stand forth in the midst of the synagogue.
Or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? – It seems to have been a maxim with the Jews that not to do good when we have an opportunity is to do evil; not to save life is to kill or to be guilty of murder.
If a man has an opportunity of saving another man’s life when he is in danger, and does not do it, he is evidently also guilty of his death.
On this principle our Saviour puts this question to the Jews – whether it was better for him, having the power to heal this man, to do it, or to allow him to remain in this suffering condition.
How they might destroy him: persisting still in their evil intentions, though Christ had so fully and clearly exposed the wickedness of them: and it is to be observed, that those men who thought it was not lawful to heal a lame man on the sabbath day, yet make no scruple of meeting and consulting together on that day, and even with profane men, what measures and methods were best to take, to destroy the life of an innocent person.