10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11 And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” 13 When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. 14 But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.” 15 But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? 16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?” 17 When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.
Jesus had just healed a woman who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years on the Sabbath day, the synagogue leader was angry about this and denounced what Jesus had just done, because he had done it on the Sabbath. Jesus response was sharp and swift, calling the leader a hypocrite.
The challenge of this passage to me is:
- Can I see through some illness/sickness/disability which is caused by Satan not human themselves?
- Do I truely understand what will make me free? Or just follow along in church traditions?
- Am I brave enough to confront people face to face, rather than say something behind their back or nothing at all?
Dear Lord, you are the true God with mercy and love. If you “ kept a record of sins, who could stand? Thank you for bringing me out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away my chains. You are the Lord of the Sabbath day. Amen.
Written by Allen Leu