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.” 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? 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? When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing. (Luke 13:15-17)
I always gave my employers more than the required productivity. On days I fell short, I apologized. But sometimes patients required extra care. I had one boss who chewed me out the three or four times I didn’t meet productivity in a 3-month period even though I averaged above. He was an indignant human being, and I quit without notice within my probation period. Of course, the Director of Rehab where I applied knew him. He was desperate for a physical therapist but would only hire me prn (as needed, no benefits). Soon afterward my ex-boss took a new job and was fired two weeks later when he insulted a speech pathologist. It wasn’t very Christian-like, but I secretly clapped for my ex-boss to know humiliation. As a bonus, I was hired full time.
Jesus tells us the woman who couldn’t stand straight was crippled by Satan. We’ve already discovered God is not involved with murder or accidents. Jesus adds disease to that list.
The synagogue leader was also infected with an evil spirit. He cared more about a donkey than the dear woman who couldn’t stand straight. It’s hard to imagine indignancy so deep to tell a crippled woman to come on a different day for healing. Praising God and healing are the main purposes of going to church or temple. It’s rewarding when arrogant people are humiliated. As a bonus, Jesus did wonderful things. We can expect Jesus to heal any time, perhaps more often on the Sabbath. He always sets us free.
Father God, help me not be petty and give matters of judgment to you. Thank you for setting me free anytime I repent or cast my cares on you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.