Luke 14:1-6 (New International Version)1One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. 2There in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy. 3Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?" 4But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him away.
5Then he asked them, "If one of you has a son[a] or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull him out?" 6And they had nothing to say.
- Who was the person in need? The man suffering with dropsy.
- What was the immediate, obvious need? The dropsy.
- Who took the initiative in effecting the healing? Jesus.
- How and by whom was faith involved in this healing? Jesus demonstrated faith that he could heal the man with dropsy.
- What were the reactions to the healing? Silence, "And they had nothing to say."
- What led Jesus to minister healing to the person in need? To make a point to those watching him closely. To point out the foolishness embraced by living by the letter of the law versus the spirit of love.