Luke 13:10–17 (ESV)
A Woman with a Disabling Spirit
10 Now he was teaching
in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman,
you are freed from your disability.” 13 And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God. 14 But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There
are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” 15 Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead
it away to water it? 16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” 17 As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced
at all the glorious things that were done by him.
The ruler of the synagogue is present along with others when Jesus was teaching at the synagogue on the Sabbath. Jesus sees a disabled woman bent over (doubled-over) from a disabling spirit.
The synagogue rulers put the law over compassion and they challenge Jesus. Jesus calls them on it and points out that they water their ox and donkeys, and Jesus untied or unbound the woman from her disabling spirit. The Sabbath was made for man,
not for God. It is a day that we receive God’s blessings. Sometimes we too get judgemental and have wrong attitudes at church when we are worshiping God.
I pray: O heavenly Father, help me to never lose my love or
compassion for people and for you. Help me to not turn our day of worship into a code of laws and regulations, but to instead receive your blessings and gifts with thanksgiving. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.