“grieved for the hardness of their hearts.”
Jesus was Grieved, hurt, saddened. Why? The hardness of their hearts, their unbelief. They simply misunderstood the meaning and reasons for the Commandments, the Laws, of God.
Jesus, was in the Synagogue on the Sabbath, a man was there with a withered hand. The religious were waiting to see if Jesus would work, (heal), on the Sabbath. Jesus asked?
“Is it lawful on the Sabbath days to do good or to do evil? To save life? Or to destroy it?”
Throughout history, man has grieved God, with our actions, our unbelief, our disobedience, and or, our misunderstanding of His will and ways.
“And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” (The Flood)
“Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:” (In the Desert)
“Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.”
“But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?”
We err in our hearts…
We do not know His ways…
We always have to improve the Word of God. Like Eve, expand on it, not just eat, but “we cannot even touch it or we will die.”
If we don’t add to it, we make it a Ritual, a Custom, a Doctrine. I believe that is why we see Jesus using different ways to cure the sick, feed the hungry, share the truth.
We (mankind), love to go a step too far. God told us this, so let us do that also. Man added an Extra 600+ laws, beyond Gods.
This one was simple.
“And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:”
Man was made on the sixth day, the first thing man needed to learn was how to rest, trust and Rely on God.
We are still in the learning process. Doing good or that which is right, is always pleasing to God.
“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 he 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 he 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 when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:
And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.
And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?
How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.
Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.”
“And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered.
And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.
But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth.
Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?
And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.“