Updated: Apr 21, 2022
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INTRODUCTION. In this story Jesus dined at the house of a Pharisee on a Sabbath day. He had apparently been invited but was being watched in order that the Jews might entrap him. The Jews commonly feasted on the Sabbath, but the food was prepared before the Sabbath commenced in obedience to the instructions given to the Israelites in the wilderness (Ex. 16:23). A certain man who was present at the feast is described by Luke, the physician, as having dropsy. This disease causes an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the body which then becomes bloated and swollen. Often the disease is incurable.