THE SABBATH DAY HEALINGS OF JESUS OF NAZARETH (Continued)
HEALING OF WOMAN WITH A SPIRIT OF INFIRMITY (Continued)
Before continuing with the healing of the woman with the spirit of infirmity let us tie in one more Scripture for a foundation. Again, infirmity means want of strength, weakness, infirmity, frailty, feeble. It further refers to one not only lacking strength but also the capacity requisite to understand a thing, do great things, restrain corrupt desires, or bear trials and troubles. In the Apostle Paul’s instruction to the Corinthians (11:23-30) reads in part:
"23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
By not discerning the Lord’s Body many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
This is not only reminder of the state of Elimelech, Mahlon, and Chilion (Ruth) but the exact state of the woman with the spirit of infirmity. Weak and sickly! The Bread of Life was broken for us and His Blood was shed for our sins. This is more than natural wafers and grape juice! The preaching of this is the Power of God unto salvation. Unworthily means unfit for a thing. One becomes unfit when attempting to partake of the Atoning Work of Jesus Christ for carnal purposes. I Corinthians 1:17 may help to shed light on this point when Paul said: "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect." Nothing of man’s wisdom or carnal purpose should come into the holy things of God. If so, do not expect heavenly results because carnality breaks the God connection. Oh that our preference would be Divine Love instead of ceremonial law.