THE SABBATH DAY HEALINGS OF JESUS OF NAZARETH (Continued)
HEALING OF WOMAN WITH A SPIRIT OF INFIRMITY (Continued)
Scripture Reading: Luke 13:10-17
10 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.
15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?
17 And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.
Continuing on the healing of the woman with a spirit of infirmity, be reminded that infirmity means want of strength, weakness, infirmity, frailty, or feeble. Also be reminded that according to psalm 105:37, "He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes." Yes, "not one feeble!" Yet in the above Scripture the reader is presented with a woman who speaks to the Church and she is in a most miserable feeble condition. The carnal mind and the entire carnal worldly system have rendered her such and she could in no wise lift up herself. Her condition resulted from spiritual death and to be lifted up required a touch powered by Resurrection Life.
Jesus called to her and said, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. He followed His speech by laying his hands on her and consequently, she was made straight and glorified God. Loosed means set free. The hypocrites were satisfied to see this woman bound but would have readily loosed an ox or an ass from the stall to water them. That is why the Lord of the Sabbath sternly corrected those who had issue with His healing and daughter of Abraham. This woman came to get the water of the Word but they were content to see her remain bound. Jesus saw her and spoke and laid His hands on the woman imparting power or restoring the God connection that had been broken.
Now lifted she could set her affections on things above. She glorified God! The root meaning of glorify is to think, be of opinion, suppose. With her mind now renewed, her transformation was imminent. Because Christ Jesus has raised us up together with Himself, let us too glorify God. Put off the carnal mind and comply with Philippians 4:8,
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."