Oddly enough, it was the religious leaders who were constantly trying to trap Jesus in some scriptural inconsistency. They were masters of the Gotcha Religion!
Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"
Jesus didn’t disappoint them…
"Stretch out your hand." So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other.
What was their reaction?
A careful and open-minded re-thinking of their understanding of the Sabbath! Respect for the power of God displayed in Jesus’ act! Happiness for the man who was healed!
But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
What were they thinking? I’m not sure, except to say they were absolutely certain they were right and Jesus was wrong.
Respect for truth is important. But it isn’t possible to see the truth – even when it’s standing right in front of us - unless we first allow God to fill our hearts with love, mercy and humility.
In the name of truth, these leaders remained blind to greater truth. This is the problem with a Gotcha Religion.