Luke 14:1-6 – (similar to Questions #15 & #16 – See Matt:12:1-14, Mark 2:23-3:6) – One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. 2 There in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy. 3 Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” 4 But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him away.
5 Then he asked them, “If one of you has a son or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull him out?” 6 And they had nothing to say. NIV
It’s interesting that before healing this man that Jesus asked the Pharisees a question about whether it was lawful to heal on the Sabbath. They surely had an opinion, but they had nothing to say to Jesus. Jesus proceeded to heal the man. Then Jesus asked a follow-up question about helping a son that had fallen into a well on the Sabbath…still nothing to say. From Jesus’ questions and insight into their reactions and silence, one might deduce that they disagreed with Jesus’ action of healing on the Sabbath, or perhaps they were just looking for something to hold against Jesus. Why weren’t they willing to discuss this situation with Jesus? Continue reading
Luke 13:10-16 – (similar to #16 – Matthew 12:11-12) On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
14 Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue ruler said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”
15 The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? 16 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?” NIV
Once again Jesus is confronted with the opportunity to heal someone on the Sabbath which had been declared as “work” by those whose religion had been primarily defined by rule keeping instead of loving God and loving others as oneself. When Jesus saw her, he acted immediately by calling her forward and freeing her from her infirmity! One would think that the whole synagogue would have broken out in praise; but no! The synagogue ruler shut things down with a rebuke: “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.” Continue reading
Luke 6:9 – (see also Question #16 – Matthew 12:11-12, Mark 3:4, Luke 14:3) – Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?” NIV
The account of Jesus healing the man with the “withered hand” in a synagogue on the Sabbath is in other Gospels. It was dealt with in Question #16 (Matthew 12:11-12); however Matthew has some men who wanted to catch Jesus breaking the Sabbath asking Jesus the question. In Mark 3:4 and Luke 6:9, the writers have Jesus (knowing what they were thinking) bringing the man up in front of the synagogue and asking those present the question. Continue reading
Matthew 12:11-12 – He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” NIV
Following Jesus’ discussion with the Pharisees about whether it was lawful for his disciples to pick and eat a few heads of grain on the way to the synagogue, they enter the synagogue and are immediately confronted by a man with a “withered hand.” It doesn’t indicate why the hand was withered. That’s not the topic of the debate. The question that the Pharisees immediately pose to Jesus hoping to catch him doing something wrong is: “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” To which Jesus answers their question with a question, and then follows with the declaration: “Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
The question intimated that if the Pharisees had an animal or their property in peril, they would take steps to save it… even on the Sabbath. They don’t seem to argue with his logic because they would probably take steps to save a valuable animal … even on the Sabbath. Jesus then declared that humans are much more valuable than animals, and if you would help an animal, then it is certainly lawful to help a human in need. Continue reading