A man had a terribly lengthy surgery. It was expensive and the results weren’t very promising. He went to his doctor for the post-op visit, and the doc said, “Well, I have some sad news for you.. You’re not going to live more than six months.” And the man says, “ … More
It was the Sabbath day and Jesus was invited, after the weekly synagogue service, to eat at the house of a prominent Pharisee (v. 1). It might seem surprising for Jesus to go to a Pharisee’s house after He had denounced them so many times. It appears that this Pharisee invited Jesus to his home specifically to trap Him into saying or doing something for which He could be arrested. A man suffering from dropsy (swollen legs) had also been invited (v. 2). No doubt this had all been arranged in order to get Jesus to violate the Pharisees’ rules concerning the keeping of the Sabbath. However, Jesus would not be hindered from healing a man, though He knew an issue would be raised at His doing it on the Sabbath.
Jesus immediately took the initiative and asked the host and other guests if it would be lawful to heal this man on the Sabbath (v. 3). If they had answered “Yes”, they would not be able to condemn Jesus for healing. If they had answered “No” they would have condemned themselves as having no compassion for human suffering. As they did on several occasions, they evaded the issue and said nothing. If it was illegal they should have said so. Jesus healed the man (v. 4). Christ’s question placed this healing in its proper perspective of rendering help when necessary.
Luke the physician is the only gospel writer to record this healing. Jesus knew all about this legalistic crowd. He knew that on the Sabbath day they would deliver their farm animals from danger (vv. 5-6), so why not permit Him to deliver this man who was suffering from great physical pain. He was actually accusing them of saying their animals were more important than people.
It is tragic that some people even today have more love for their pets than they do for a lost world. It is sad that more money is spent in America on dog food than on missions. It is very important for me to know where missions is on my priority list.
One Sabbath, when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully. And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?" But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. And he said to them, "Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?" And they could not reply to these things.
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Luke 11:1-13Jesus Teaching on Prayer
Luke 11:14-26A House Divided Cannot Stand
Luke 11:27-36Jesus Warns Against Unbelief
Luke 11:37-44Woe to the Pharisees
Luke 11:45-54Woe to the Lawyers
Luke 12:1-12Jesus Speaks Against Hypocrisy
Luke 12:13-21The Parable of the Rich Fool
Luke 12:22-34Jesus Warns About Worry
Luke 12:35-48Preparing for His Coming
Luke 12:49-59Christ Brings Division
Luke 13:1-9Repent or Perish
Luke 13:10-17A Crippled Woman Healed on the Sabbath
Luke 13:18-35Jesus Teaches About the Kingdom of God
Luke 14:1-6A Man with Dropsy Healed on the Sabbath
Luke 14:7-14Parable of the Ambitious Guest
Luke 14:15-24The Parable of the Great Banquet
Luke 14:25-35The Cost of Being a Disciple
Luke 15:1-10The Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin
Luke 15:11-24The Parable of the Lost Son
Luke 15:25-32A Wrong Attitude
Luke 16:1-13The Parable of the Shrewd Manager
Luke 16:14-18The Law, the Prophets and the Kingdom
Luke 16:19-31The Rich Man and Lazarus
Luke 17:1-10Jesus Tells About Forgiveness and Faith
Luke 17:11-19Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy
Luke 17:20-37The Coming of the Kingdom of God