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
Our verse clearly states that Jesus was angry. Does this mean that he was out of the will of the Father at that moment? That He sinned before God and man because He was angry? Jesus is, and always has been, without sin (Hebrews 4:15) so we know He did not sin in this incident as well. Part of knowing and believing in Jesus Christ includes the belief that He has never sinned, for if He did, then He would be just another man and not the Son of God. The Bible leaves room for the followers of God to also be angry for the right reason.
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: ~ Ephesians 4:26
If we read the first six verses in Mark three, we learn that Jesus was angry at the Pharisees in the synagogue. Their hearts had been hardened to the point that they refused to acknowledge who Jesus was and they condemned His act of healing on the Sabbath day. The Pharisees were responsible for teaching the people about God, but while they claimed to serve God, they had the people in bondage to the law and were glorifying themselves instead of God. In chapter two and verses twenty-seven and twenty-eight Jesus had already told them that the Sabbath was made for man and that He was Lord of the Sabbath. However the Pharisees refused to accept this fact. They refused to acknowledge that they had God in the flesh standing before them and they further condemned the act of Jesus healing a mans hand on the Sabbath. In the face of such blatant refusal to acknowledge the truth and deity of Jesus, He became angry with them because their hardheartedness was misleading the people.
So we see Jesus was angry for a righteous reason just as anyone who represents Him should be equally angry under similar circumstances. Anger has power and can be a good motivator when it is righteous anger as Jesus’ anger was, however if we hang onto our anger it becomes detrimental, takes root, and gives the devil a foothold possibly causing us to sin. So we are told to be done with our anger before the day is over and don’t stew on it or it may grow and can cause harm to yourself, to others, and the cause of Christ.
Only the Holy Spirit fires up anyone to be angry over false teaching and error concerning the things of God. Without the discerning guidance of the Holy Spirit and the fire of the Holy Ghost in our bones we are the devils disciples and his ways and teachings don't bother us in the least! Every born again believer in Jesus Christ that does not become angry in the face of false teaching and doctrine should question their faith. In writing to the sanctified believers Jude told us that;
Checking Webster’s we learn that "earnestly" means zealously, eagerly, and "contend" means to struggle; to debate; to argue; to wrangle; to dispute. So we could say we are to zealously struggle, dispute, or argue, for the true faith. In these days of lukewarm religion too many people shun any hint of contending for the Word of God, believing it to be displeasing to the Lord.
...it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. ~ Jude 1:3
Checking Webster’s we learn that
earnestly means zealously, eagerly, and
contend means to struggle; to debate; to argue; to wrangle; to dispute. So we could say we are to zealously struggle, dispute, or argue, for the true faith. In these days of lukewarm religion too many people shun any hint of contending for the Word of God, believing it to be displeasing to the Lord. What is displeasing to the Lord is for us to stand idly by while the truth is trampled on and we give no correction. It is the same as agreeing to the error and could lead an observer astray. Correcting error, and speaking up does not mean we are to
entertain fools who will not hear. I believe we are to defend the truth and walk away when it becomes clear those in error have no ears to hear. God's Word will do the rest. Each one of us who are guilty of failing to “earnestly contend for the faith” will give an account before Jesus Christ for it is nothing less than a denial of Him.
A more probable reason that so many today refuse to
contend for the faith is that they don't know what the Word of God teaches, so therefore cannot defend the truth. Some haven't a clue as to the true personality of God and they immediately assume any bold or hard speech, whether spoken in anger or not, is un-Godly. Such a person might want to reconsider the facts, for they may be calling good evil, and evil good.
As we stated earlier, it is the Holy Spirit that fires up anger within us when we are faced with lies, deception, and false teaching. This is a time for us to be light and salt, and a time to be a true soldier of the cross. If we do not become fired up then perhaps it is because we have neglected to;
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. ~ 2 Timothy 2:15
If indeed negligence be the case with any of us, then we should expect that the Holy Spirit will allow us to continue on such a chosen path and there will be no stirring of anger and defense within us.
Being angry with someone, or that which they embrace and teach, and rebuking them according to Scripture while replacing their false teaching, understanding, or doctrine, with the TRUTH is far from unloving or unGodly. Righteous anger is driven not by the flesh, but by the Spirit. It is never alright to belittle or otherwise demean the person we may be angry with. In this situation it is their doctrine that is to be held up to the light of God's Word. They may be a unwitting disciple of the devil and in deep dark ignorance, but they are still a person made in God’s image and redeemable until such time as the Lord gives them over to a reprobate mind (Romans 1:28).
It is amazing how many professing and well meaning Christians today state and believe that there is room for disagreement concerning vital teachings found in the Bible. Perhaps they think that the Lord is unsettled in His ways, that He is tossed about by every wind of doctrine like so many who claim to be a disciple. In the Scriptures we are told to seek and to have the mind of Christ as Christians AND be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. (Romans 15:6;1 Corinthians 1:10; 1 Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 1:27; Philippians 2:5; 1 Peter 4:1).
Too many folks mistakenly seek the mind of men and stop there lest they hear some thing they don't want to hear. Or perhaps they trust man more than the promise of Jesus when He said:
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. ~ John 14:26
If we are truly the Lords then we should be earnestly endeavoring to be of
one mind and one understanding as the verses referenced previously teach us, having had the same Holy Spirit teacher. If we be otherwise minded we should be open to receiving the truths stated in the Bible and turn from our misunderstanding.
Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. ~ Philippians 2:2
The Lords people are ALREADY united my friends, for they are of the same mind knowing there is but ONE Truth. Where there is disagreement there are those who are not submitted to the will and Word of God and are trying to substitute their word or that of someone else as the Word of God. In such situations one also finds weakness like we find in so many churches today. So to those who would argue that their understanding is as valid as any other I would have to point out that somebody is in error for there is only ONE WAY and we need to submit ourselves to the Holy Spirit for teaching and guidance. Then we can see the way and know the mind of Jesus Christ as He commands us to do.
For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we [Christians] have the mind of Christ. ~ 1 Corinthians 2:16
Folks, when you have the mind of Jesus Christ you too will be angry with much of what is being passed off today as Christian doctrine and practice.
O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD. God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: ~ Jeremiah 22:29; Psalms 7:11; Romans 1:20; emphasis added