Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hymn Lyrics for Mark 3:1-6

In this passage, Jesus asks, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?"  In their hardness of heart, the Pharisees refuse to give an answer with words, but they give an answer in their plotting to kill Jesus on that very Sabbath.  This hymn plays on the contrast between Jesus and the Pharisees.  Jesus came to save sinners who deserve wrath, while the Pharisees plot the destruction of the sinless, Son of God, who came to do us good and save our lives.

He Came upon the Sabbath

To the tune: CHRISTUS, DER IST MEIN or BREMEN (VULPIUS). Based on Mark 3:1-6. Words: William Weber, 2011.

v. 1
He came upon the Sabbath
unto a synagogue,
The Pharisees were watching
for breaking of their law.

v. 2
A man whose hand was withered
was present in their midst.
Would Jesus dare to heal him,
the leaders’ anger risk?

v. 3
So Jesus said unto them,
on Sabbath which is right:
to do good or do evil,
to kill or save a life?

v. 4
But they refused to answer,
their withered hearts were hard,
and on the Sabbath plotted
to kill the Sabbath’s Lord.

v. 5
We praise You, Lord and Savior,
You came to save, not kill,
to earn the Father’s favor,
to show us His good will.

v. 6
For through our sins we store up
His wrath which we deserve.
We rob the Lord of glory
through idols that we serve.

v. 7
How gracious then the mercy
that Jesus to us brings.
He gave His body for us,
for sin an offering.

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