‘There in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy. Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, ‘Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?’ but they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him away’. Luke 14: 2-4 [NIV]

 

When Luke wrote about this healing, his attention to detail as a doctor was clear. The man whom Jesus healed was suffering from a condition that caused the body to swell through excess fluid, so he probably would have looked disfigured as he stood before Jesus. He certainly would have been looked down upon by the Pharisees.

It is not clear whether the man had asked for healing, but Jesus could see right into the man’s heart anyway. Jesus showed that by healing on the Sabbath, that He placed this man’s needs and healing before the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and teachers of the law.

Jesus stood up for the man, and He stands up for us now. We matter to Him, He longs to bring us close to Him and touch us in the same way He touched the man with dropsy. God will go above and beyond to stand up for us, if we let Him. Are you willing to stand in front of God today and receive the fullness of His touch.

 

Prayer– Father, thank you that you are always on my side. Help me to know your loving touch today in all I do. Amen

 

Heidi Timms
m2o Church Rugby - St. Matthew & St. OswaldThe Untouchables: A man with dropsy

 

‘There in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy. Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, ‘Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?’ but they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him away’. Luke 14: 2-4 [NIV]

 

When Luke wrote about this healing, his attention to detail as a doctor was clear. The man whom Jesus healed was suffering from a condition that caused the body to swell through excess fluid, so he probably would have looked disfigured as he stood before Jesus. He certainly would have been looked down upon by the Pharisees.

 

It is not clear whether the man had asked for healing, but Jesus could see right into the man’s heart anyway. Jesus showed that by healing on the Sabbath, that He placed this man’s needs and healing before the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and teachers of the law.

Jesus stood up for the man, and He stands up for us now. We matter to Him, He longs to bring us close to Him and touch us in the same way He touched the man with dropsy. God will go above and beyond to stand up for us, if we let Him. Are you willing to stand in front of God today and receive the fullness of His touch.

 

Prayer– Father, thank you that you are always on my side. Help me to know your loving touch today in all I do. Amen

 

Heidi Timms
m2o Church Rugby - St. Matthew & St. Oswald

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