When Jesus dined with Pharisees, it seems to me that it would be a fairly tense, anxious time. If you picture them “watching him carefully”, and then he asks a question, and everyone “remained silent.” The tension caused by the pride of the Pharisees, unwilling in their hardened hearts to admit their wrong.
“One Sabbath, when He went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching Him carefully. And behold, there was a man before Him who had dropsy. And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, ‘Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?’ But they remained silent. Then He took him and healed him and sent him away. And He said to them, ‘Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?’ And they could not reply to these things.”
One of my favorite things to do, when I think of it or actually take the time to do it, is to picture what these situations would have been like. To just imagine in my mind, what it would be like to be witnessing one of these scenes in person.