The air was charged with electricity. This young rabbi – Jesus – was wowing them with not only his preaching, but his healing. The Pharisees and other religious leaders had the duty to check out his orthodoxy. In this house in Capernaum there was a standing-roomonly crowd, but the religious leaders made sure they had the seats of honor. Others could not even get in, including one man desperate for healing. The religious leaders were likely waiting for this young rabbi to slip up. Like the Board of Health, they were just waiting to shut down this Doctor’s office, carefully watching the young Dr. operate. Jesus knew that they were looking to pin something on him; so he gave it to them, or so they thought!
Scripture: Mark 2:1-17