Jesus was having dinner with one of the chief Pharisees on Sabbath day. They were trying to trick him again regarding healing on the Sabbath. Jesus healed a man with dropsy right in front of the lawyers and Pharisees. “For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day.” Jesus is proclaiming that He is the One who implements authority even over the rules, laws and regulations that govern the Sabbath day. He is the Son of God.
Jesus was going into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath day, and they watched him.
There was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day?
The lawyers and Pharisees did not answer Jesus. Jesus took the man with dropsy healed him, and let him go;
Then Jesus said to them, which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the Sabbath day? They could not answer Jesus again on these things.
What Can Be Learned From This Lesson?
Dropsy was an illness caused by a serious abnormal accumulation of fluid in the bodily tissues. Today we might call this condition Edema. This could have made it hard for the man to walk or hold anything. The man may have suffered heart disease, kidney disease that might have been fatal if Jesus had not healed him.
While eating Sabbath dinner at the home of the chief Pharisee’s house Jesus healed this man with dropsy. With them were the lawyers who were people who were versed in the written Old Testament Laws and the interpretations of these traditional laws.
Once again the lawyers and Pharisees were asked by Jesus if it was lawful to heal on the Sabbath. No one was willing to risk answering Jesus so He healed the man with dropsy. Jesus pointed out that is one of their animals fell in a pit on the Sabbath which one of them would not help save the animal.
Once again the Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus. When Jesus asked His question about saving their animal; none of the lawyers or the Pharisees could risk answering for fear of betraying and condemning themselves.
Just like in Luke 6: 6-10 there was a man with a wilted hand and Jesus ask the scribes and Pharisees “I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the Sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? To save life, or to destroy it?”
It is important to understand that Jesus came to seek and to save those which were lost. (Luke 19:10). “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28). “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:17).
Let us not forget what Luke 6:5 tell us “For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day.” Jesus is proclaiming that He is the One who implements authority even over the rules, laws and regulations that govern the Sabbath day. He is the Son of God.
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Holstein, Joanne “Jesus Heals a Man With Dropsy:.” Becker Bible Studies Library Jan 2015.< https://guidedbiblestudies.com/?p=2091,>.
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Holstein, Joanne (2015) “Jesus Heals a Man With Dropsy:.” Becker Bible Studies Library (January), https://guidedbiblestudies.com/?p=2091, (accessed).