God's Promise of Liberation
Delivered By
Paster Doug Groen
Delivered On
August 21, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
LUKE 13:10-17
God's Promise of Liberation

Luke 13:10-17New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath

10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 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. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.

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

15 The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? 16 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?”

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


Pastor's Summary of Luke 13:10-17

In the story of the healing of the crippled woman, Jesus shows what it means to be a citizen of God's kingdom-through his actions.  That he heals a woman and refers to her as a "daughter of Abraham" (v. 16), a full member of Jewish society, is remarkable: the kingdom is equally open to women and the sick. In Jesus' day, physical and mental ailments were seen as the work of evil forces ("Satan"); the very being of someone with a serious ailment was thought to be hostile to God. The woman does not ask to be cured; no one asks on her behalf; Jesus notices here ("Jesus saw her", v. 12). Her response to his saving action is to praise God (v. 13). anyone could speak in the synagogue: the "leader" (v. 14) speaks to the "crowd", but his words are directed at Jesus. He is blind to God's kingdom.

Jesus' rebuttal is clever, for while untying an ox or a donkey on the sabbath was forbidden in one part of the Mishnah (a Jewish book of laws), it was permitted in another. Jesus has "set free" (v. 12), untied, the woman who was tied to Satan. If you untie animals on the sabbath, why not humans? Honor and "shame" (v. 16) were, and are, important in Near Eastern cultures. Realizing that Jesus is right the "leader" (v. 14) and other "opponents" (v. 17) were, and are shyamed before the crowd, who rejoice , important in Near Eastern cultures. Realizing that Jesus is right, the "leader" (v. 14) and other "oponents" (v. 17) are shamed before the crowd, who rejoice in this wonder-worker. The kingdom is open to all when they turn to God.