Day 31 – Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Healing a woman with an 18 year infirmity
Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.
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.
When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said,
“Woman, you are set free from your ailment.”
When he laid his hands on her,
immediately she stood up straight and began praising God.
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.”
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?
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?”
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.
What human has the authority to place limits on God!
To say that he who “labors” to perform miracles of God on the Sabbath,
or at any other time, is in violation of God’s Law,
is so absurd that it seems almost ridiculous!
May the God of Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus,
write His laws of love on our hearts.
Let us then be bold enough to do the work of God,
and let no man convince us to set limits on these miracles!