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Jesus Dines With a Pharisee

Reuben, "Jesus Dines With Pharisees"

Reuben, "Jesus Dines With Pharisees"

One Sabbath day Jesus went to eat dinner in the home of a leader of the Pharisees, and the people were watching him closely. There was a man there whose arms and legs were swollen.

Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in religious law, “Is it permitted in the law to heal people on the Sabbath day, or not?”

When they refused to answer, Jesus touched the sick man and healed him and sent him away.

Then he turned to them and said, “Which of you doesn’t work on the Sabbath? If your son or your cow falls into a pit, don’t you rush to get him out?”

Again they could not answer.    

(Luke 14:1-6, New Living Translation)

J.C. Ryle comments:

We should not completely withdraw from all unconverted people. It would be cowardice and indolence to do so, even if it were possible; it would remove many opportunities for doing good. Rather, we should mix with them prayerfully, resolved to take our Master and our Master's business with us.
There are two questions which we can profitably ask in this connection. First, "Do I, in company, spend all my time in light and worldly conversation?" Second, "Do I endeavor to follow, however feebly, the example of Christ?"

 

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