Cure of a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath

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Cure of a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath


JESUS was teaching in a synagogue on the Sabbath. And a woman was there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect.

When Jesus saw her, He called to her and said, "Woman, you are set free of your infirmity." He laid His hands on her, and she at once stood up straight and glorified God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant that Jesus had cured on the Sabbath, said to the crowd in reply, "There are six days when work should be done. Come on those days to be cured, not on the sabbath day." The Lord said to him in reply, "Hypocrites! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger and lead it out for watering? This daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now, ought she not to have been set free on the sabbath day from this bondage?" When He said this, all His adversaries were humiliated; and the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by Him.

The woman had suffered her condition for eighteen years. Jesus' opponents would have Him wait one more day -- after the Sabbath -- to cure her. According to the Book of Exodus, the reason for resting on the Sabbath lies in the fact that God had completed His work of creation and so rested on the Sabbath day (Ex 20:11). The leader of the synagogue wanted the exact observance of that tradition.

But Jesus couldn't enjoy His Shabbat shalom until the work of creation was completed in this woman and she was remade in the divine image.

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