Sheep in a Pit

Matthew 12:9-13
Jesus went into their synagogue.

There was a man who had a withered hand.

The Pharisees (to Jesus): Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days?

They asked this question that they might accuse him.

Jesus (to the Pharisees): What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.

Jesus (to the man with the withered hand): Stretch forth your hand.

The man stretched his hand forth. It was restored whole, like the other.

This parable is similar to two others.

The Ox in the Stall

 Luke 13:10-16

Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.

There was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years and was bowed together, and could not lift herself up. When Jesus saw her, he called her to him.

Jesus: Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.

Jesus laid his hands on her. Immediately she was made straight and glorified God.

The ruler of the synagogue (to the people, with indignation): There are six days in which men ought to work. Therefore come and be healed in the six days and not on the sabbath day.

The ruler of the synagogue spoke with indignation because Jesus had healed on the sabbath day.

The Lord (to the ruler of the synagogue): You hypocrite, Doesn’t each one of you on the

sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? Ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

The Ox in the Ditch

Luke 14:1-6

As Jesus went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, the Pharisees and lawyers watched him. There was a certain man before him who had the dropsy.

Jesus (to the lawyers and Pharisees): Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?

They held their peace. And Jesus took the man and healed him and let him go.

Jesus: Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit and will not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?

Again, they could not answer him to these things.