HOST: Ron House
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.
In this text, Jesus turns the tables on the Jewish leaders. As we have seen before and even recently, the Jewish leaders often condemned Jesus for His miraculous works performed on the Sabbath, taking one of God’s laws and twisting it to be used for their own purposes. Typically, you see Jesus healing someone and then being accused of wrongdoing by the rulers. On this occasion, Jesus asks for their judgment on the matter before performing the miracle. If they condemn the healing, they must then justify their own Sabbath activities. If they permit the healing, then they are condoning Jesus’ actions. They respond to Jesus in the only way that their hard hearts will allow them to—with silence. After performing the healing, Jesus reminds them that any one of them would quickly and without hesitation rescue an animal that was in a perilous situation, even on the Sabbath. Jesus had once again silenced His adversaries and brought to light their hypocrisy.
What lessons can we learn from this text?
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