"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
The Compassion of Jesus: Luke
Lesson 6: Jesus Is The Compassionate Healer
Luke 13:10-17 (KJV)
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.
Mark 2:27-28 (KJV)
27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
This verse simply reiterates the fact that since man is more important than some day of the week, so is God’s compassion for man.
Some of us have had jobs, many of us for years that have required us to occasionally work on Sundays. While I used to be upset by that I don’t worry about it anymore. If God wills for me to have a job where I do not work on Sunday, He will give it to me. That day isn’t right now so I do not need to concern myself with it. Whatever the Lord wills is what I want for my life.
That is the theme behind this whole story: The Lord’s Will (We will come back to this later)
It wasn’t the Lord’s will for this lady to be in pain and suffering as she was. What kind of God would Jesus have been to ignore that pain, honor the Sabbath over her, but fail to honor the people of God’s covenant (His Own Creation By The Way) by not showing compassion upon her?
The Scripture states that she was afflicted by a “spirit of infirmity”, now we know that God’s children can’t be possessed by demons, but we can be oppressed. Many Christians today have found themselves oppressed by demons.
Another version says she was “Crippled” by the Spirit. She was bent over and could not stand up straight at all…….
Imagine walking around for 18 years bent over looking at the ground. That should have given her depression as well.
Verse 12 says, “Woman, thou art loosed form thine infirmity.”……You are set free from your infirmity!
Verse 13 says, “He laid his hands on her”---We have to remember to lay hands on the sick and those in need…. We will come back to the laying on of hands again in a moment.
13b) says, “immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.”
Notice, her healing was immediate and while this is always possible, this does not happen every time someone is prayed for. Don’t lose hope if your healing doesn’t happen immediately, soon, tomorrow, next year, or ever. Some sicknesses may be due to oppression, some due to the fallen state of man’s body. What every may be the cause, its ok to ask God to take it from you, but always let Him know that you want His will to be done. His will should override anything in our life, even sickness and death.
Does anyone remember the story of Jephthah and his daughter? He vowed to God that if he were to win the battle that his daughter not bare children and remain a virgin. That ended his family line
Remember Hezekiah, who had his life spared 15 more years from sickness only to have a son born three years into the 15 who would be wicked at heart and allow Israel to be taken.
These are huge examples of what happens when God’s will is not sought.
That is why the Lord’s Prayer says, “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”
There are 5 major reasons this woman was instantly healed:
Verses 14 says,
“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.”
What’s funny is how the ruler exposed his own hypocrisy with his own words!
Verse 15-16 states:
“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?
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?”
Pay close attention to the phrase: “whom Satan hath bound”
Did you know our bodies were never designed for sickness nor death?
What does the two Scriptures addressed here today and just about every healing story of Jesus tell us, except the one where the person being helped had great faith that required Jesus not to have to go to the place to help them…..They are all centered around Jesus touching the person. The laying on of hands.
Look at verse 13 again where it says, “He laid hands on her”. Even 14:4 says, “He took him”, which means He touched the man.
God’s Spirit is the only thing that I have encountered that can hijack my voluntary muscles. You might have muscle spasms, but that is nothing compared to the Holy Ghost. It reminds me that the body is nothing but a shell housing my spirit, a temple. And like all the matter and elements on earth, God controls it all.
This is significant, because it means if He made it, He can control it, He can destroy it, He can also fix it. And if He can fix and infirmity of 18 years such as this woman’s, He can fix mine if He so chooses.
Verse 13 states, “immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.”
Notice her healing was immediate and while this is always possible, I believe there were a few reasons God made sure it was an immediate healing:
Mark 2:1-12 KJV
2:1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.
2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.
4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
6 But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.
12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.
Let’s go back and wrap up Luke 13, Verse 17:
“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.”
Luke 14:1-6 (KJV)
14 And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him.
2 And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.
3 And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?
4 And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;
5 And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?
6 And they could not answer him again to these things.
Jesus approaches the next healing different and appears to be almost using their silence and lack of understanding as a teaching opportunity. He understood from the previous experience that there was obviously a piece of the puzzle missing for the Pharisees and leaders of His time that did not apply the mercy, grace, compassion, and love of God to the law.