Jesus and the heart of the matter – The disabled woman

LUKE 13:10-17

Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself.

When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God.

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.”

Then the Lord answered him “You Hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?”

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.

One of the things I really like about Jesus in the gospels, is that he always gets to the heart of the matter.

When he sees a person, he sees their need, not the day of the week. In this case it was a woman who had been bent over for eighteen years. Imagine the disconnection she felt from community, and the judgement she no doubt received from the religious leaders.

Jesus calls her over, says what needs to be said and touches her which always sends a clear message to those around him. As soon as she is healed she praised God for his mercy and grace.

But there’s always a party pooper!

Here the wet blanket is the ruler of the synagogue. (surprise surprise) We are told he is disgruntled by what he has just witnessed. Yep that’s right, he has just seen a woman who has been impacted by a spirit for over 10 years (no doubt he had seen her many times before) be healed and she is now able to walk normal, and instead of celebrating with her he is instead unhappy, annoyed and disappointed.

Today is not the day for people to be healed

It’s sad that these were his words after witnessing the supernatural right in front of him. What’s worse is that he has been stuck in the law for so long that he now sees the restoration of people as work to be done, another thing to be done correctly.

In verses 15-16 Jesus replies to the synagogue leaders suggestion to the people the way only way he could, with loving authority. He passionately addresses the hypocrisy of those with power and then shows how much the woman is valued.

Their sabbath traditions placed a higher value on animals than on people in distress, and therefore corrupted the whole purpose of the sabbath – John MacArthur

I would loved to have been able to observe first hand the contrast of the religious leaders being put to shame and the people rejoicing all at the same time. This seemed to have been a regular occurrence in the Gospels. But more than that, to have been able to actually see Jesus calling the woman over, telling her she is free and then seeing her stand straight and give glory to God. A Sabbath to remember!

Is there a story in one of the Gospels that you have read and thought how awesome it would of been to be there?

Father God, thank you for the Gospels, that we can see you in action as you give real life to those that have lost it and get to the heart of hypocrisy. Open our eyes so when we are reading your word we are just as changed as the woman who was healed and may we also never forget to give you the glory and rejoice in your awesome works. – Amen

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  1. “When God sees a person He always sees their need, not extenuating circumstances. I will remember this, Evad.

    I think I’d like to insert myself into one of those New Testament times when Jesus took His disciples aside to better explain things.
    Just to be in a room —with Christ , and a few others—would be golden.

    Thanks, Evad. There’s a lot of meat here, brother!

    Onward and upwards.

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    1. G’day David, Thanks for dropping by dude.

      Yes! That would be pretty cool to here what and how he explained it to the guys…to be able to even ask questions to get a better understanding as well.


  2. When Jesus saw the person, he recognised the need of the person and the religious leaders looked at restoration of the person as work – what contrasting views. I like how what you highlighted here.
    I would have loved to be sitting at Jesus feet and listen to Him teach at times when he shared meals in the home of people who knew him and were close to him.

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    1. Howdy and thanks for dropping by! A great choice, reminds me when Jesus was invited to Martha’s place and her sis Mary sat at his feet. Jesus said that Mary had chosen better. We need to slow down!

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  3. The word Sabbath literally means “to stop.” I love that he stopped her disease on the Sabbath. To me he was fulfilling it. To the wet blanket he was breaking it. I wonder what self imposed restrictions we place on ourselves when we misinterpret what God meant.

    To answer your question, I would have loved to have seen Lazarus raised from the dead.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Chris. Stopping the disease on the Sabbath, the way you put it, have never thought of it like that, pretty cool. There’s probably heaps of self imposed restrictions that we need to be free off.

      Seeing Lazarus walking out stinking would of been pretty cool, not to mention the convo with his sisters, that would of been interesting to hear.

      Thanks dude

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  4. Amen.
    I would love to have witness Jesus preaching to the people.
    Or when He healed the little girl who many thought had died.
    Or what about when He brought Lazarus back to life.
    There’s so many great stories, but the greatest of them all is Jesus dying on the cross and rising to defeat death.
    I wish I could have been among the disciples who walked and learn from Jesus. I can imagine the truth He shared with them. Wow.

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    1. Howdy Tiffany! Often after he taught and preached that the people were amazed as he was one with authority, so it would of been very awesome to witness his teaching style. Have you watched The Chosen?

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  5. I am amazed at the lopsided priorities of the religious leaders. Like Herod’s “wise men” who told him the Christ had been born in Bethlehem but showed little or no interest in going to see Him – their MESSIAH! – I can only think they were blinded by the enemy. Unbelievers that baffle us may need to be set free from Satan’s bonds more than the woman was. -Pray for them!

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