Luke 13: 10-17

On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.

Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue ruler said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”

The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”

When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.

A Thought

It appears the ruler of the synagogue was more interested in the letter of the law than having compassion on the woman, crippled by Satan for eighteen years. Jesus made his point that they had more compassion on their animals than with a daughter of Abraham. It is important to know that Jesus came to set us free not only from sin but also to set us free from our infirmities.

Our Prayer

Father thank you for making the way for our healing by the stripes Jesus took on his back. Please increase our faith to believe we will be completely set free whether in this world or when we receive our new body. There is an enormous amount of sin and sickness in todays’ world. Help us to be compassionate for others, to be diligent in the caring of our body, mind, spirit to be equipped to bring glory and honor to you. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.