Jesus and the Pharisees: from Luke 14:1-6

This is our twenty-eighth study. Please click HERE for an introduction to this study.

Luke 14:1-6

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.


The Pharisees were much too rigid and legalistic in their Sabbath laws. Jesus wanted them to know that the Sabbath was made to help people not to restrict them. So He gave them an example of what to do if something came up: if an ox or a son falls in a well on the Sabbath.


In our dealings with people, take time to explain why things are so; don’t just say that the bible says so.

2 thoughts on “Jesus and the Pharisees: from Luke 14:1-6

  1. It’s sad that so many modern churches are controlled by Pharisee-like leadership. It we could just prioritize Bible and prayer we would be inclined to help people with what they need, whether that be the Gospel (which unbelievers need to hear and believe) or some other kind of care. Keep up the good work, brother!

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