The Miracle of the Withered Hand: The Synagogue

Timothy had been at Jesus' house when Thaddeus was healed. At that instant, he became a follower of The Way, a disciple of Jesus. He was anxious to get to the synagogue on the Sabbath to hear Jesus explain the Scripture for the day. Some of Jesus' inner circle had indicated that he would read from the Exodus scroll about the Sabbath. Timothy, like all good Jews, knew it by heart:

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work; neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Timothy knew that the Pharisees would be there, and wondered if there would be a conflict between them and Jesus.

When Timothy arrived at the synagogue, everyone was whispering and glancing at Alpheus. Timothy was shocked to see him there. His deformity showed that he or his parents had sinned, and sinners did not belong in a consecrated space like the synagogue.

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