Pastor’s Letter – May 3, 2020 – To Do Good

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.

Mark 3:4

Dear Church and Friends,

Mark takes us back to church (actually a synagogue) where we find Jesus in attendance. Jesus deliberately trips a trap set by his enemies. His question to them is surprising. He asked about the lawfulness of doing good. Laws are meant to promote good. Why would any law allow for evil and killing? This is so much more important because he is asking them about God’s Law.

The lawfulness of doing good on a sabbath day should never be in question. Neither should the desire of Jesus to do good. Men can chose wrongly and do evil and kill on any day. Jesus on the other hand always does good. He always saves life.

That’s a good word for us during a time when the goodness of men are called into question. Life is being manipulated for a purpose using a crisis. Even in the midst of those kinds of contortions Jesus is doing good and saving life. We can trust Him to be faithful to God’s Law. Let’s look to Jesus today for good.

Music: Good and Gracious King by CityALight.

Prayer Request: Please keep Jeanne Bond in your prayers. She will be going to Cleveland this week for consultation on her condition. Pray for freedom from pain and safety as they travel. Enjoy Dr. Whitney as he teaches praying the Bible.

Catechism: The Principles of the Christian Religion.

Question 110: What is the particular judgment?

Answer: That which is given upon the soul of every man, as soon as it is departed from the body.

Question 111: What is the state of the soul of man as soon as he departs out of this life?

Answer: The souls of God’s children are presently received into heaven there to enjoy unspeakable comforts. The souls of the wicked are sent into hell, there to endure endless judgment.

“Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. Greet one another with an holy kiss. All the saints salute you.”

All my best.

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.

Mark 3:5

Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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