13Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.
13 Verse 13. Stretch forth thine hand.] The bare command of God
is a sufficient reason of obedience. This man might have reasoned
thus: "Lord, my hand is withered; how then can I stretch it out?
Make it whole first, and afterwards I will do as thou commandest."
This may appear reasonable, but in his case it would have been
foolishness. At the command of the Lord he made the effort, and
in making it the cure was effected! Faith disregards apparent
impossibilities, where there is a command and promise of God. The
effort to believe is, often, that faith by which the soul is
A little before (Mt 12:6, 8)
Jesus Christ had asserted his Godhead, in this verse he proves it.
What but the omnipotence of the living God could have, in a
moment, restored this withered hand? There could be no collusion
here; the man who had a real disease was instantaneously and
therefore miraculously cured; and the mercy and power of God were
both amply manifested in this business.
It is worthy of remark, that as the man was healed with a word,
without even a touch, the Sabbath was unbroken, even according to
their most rigid interpretation of the letter of the law.