“And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.” Luke 14:2
Jesus healed the man with dropsy on the Sabbath, a deed which violated Mosaic law. The self-righteous Pharisees had a legal problem with this.
The symbolic meaning of the passage is in the dropsy. Dropsy was a swelling of the body due to edema or excess buildup of body fluids. This is a type of fallen man swelled up in pride, arrogance, independence, self-indulgence, self-gratification, self-confidence, self-controller methods, and self-esteem. This typifies man’s main problem, the inflated self or ego. I (“ego”) needs to be crucified with Christ. This is only cure of self. Gal 2:20.
Our death, burial and resurrection with Christ through the Spirit is the only cure for the bloated self.
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