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ities on this occasion but He, being aware of this, was inspired with righteous indignation, and with grief at the ' hardness of their hearts ' (the heart being regarded not as the seat of the emotions but of the conscience). Jesus commanded the patient to stand in the middle of the crowd and then challenged His adversaries with the question, ' Is it lawful on the Sabbath to act kindly or maliciously, to save a man's life or to kill him ? ' Some commentators interpret this question as an attempt to outmanoeuvre the plotters who designed to have Jesus put to death as a Sabbath-breaker; but it can also be regarded as a particular statement of a very important general principle and can be paraphrased, ' To refrain from good is to do evil \ Refusal to save life is tantamount to deliberate killing. According to Mark this reply silenced the opposition but Luke describes them as being ' filled with madness \ It is evident that here, too, Jesus was fully assured that the treatment would be successful. He told the patient to stretch out his hand and it was immediately restored. Faithful treatment accomplishes wonderful results, but half-hearted treatment is of little avail.
The Gerasene Maniac (Mark v, 2-20).The many critical problems raised by this story have not yet been solved by scholars and a comparison of the three Synoptic records gives a clear idea of what those difficulties are. Even the Marcan account stands by itself as regards its setting, its phraseology and its content. Crum thinks it is of later date and should be assigned to his Mark II. The texts give Gergesa as the scene of the event and this has rightly been identified with the modern village of Khersa on the eastern shore of Galilee. Jesus and His disciples had crossed the lake in a boat and on disembarking at this point were met by a man who spent his life among the