A Time to Heal
The rabbis did not object to healing on the sabbath if there was danger to life and they interpreted this liberally. ‘Whenever there is doubt whether life is in danger this overrides the Sabbath’ (Yoma 8:6). But if there was no danger they were adamant. Such healing was not allowed.
They made it a law which was strictly imposed on man instead of a blessing that was bestowed on man. They
The notable thing is that Jesus did nothing. He did not touch the hand; he did not even say that it should be healed. All he did was to tell the man to stretch out his hand; and not even the most rabid Pharisee could call that a work that was forbidden on the Sabbath. The man was healed by the almighty volition of Jesus, by that alone. This made the case hard for these enemies of Jesus. With his great mastery Jesus cut off every plea on which they might fault him with a show of right.
No wicked men are such absurd and unreasonable men as persecutors are, who study to do evil to men for doing good.