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Read Luke 13:10-17


Read Luke 13:10-17

10 One Sabbath Jesus was teaching in a synagogue. 11 A woman there had an evil spirit that had kept her sick for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called out to her, “Woman, you are free from your sickness!” 13 He placed his hands on her, and at once she straightened herself up and praised God.

14 The official of the synagogue was angry that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, so he spoke up and said to the people, “There are six days in which we should work; so come during those days and be healed, but not on the Sabbath!”

15 The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Any one of you would untie your ox or your donkey from the stall and take it out to give it water on the Sabbath. 16 Now here is this descendant of Abraham whom Satan has kept in bonds for eighteen years; should she not be released on the Sabbath?” 17 His answer made his enemies ashamed of themselves, while the people rejoiced over all the wonderful things that he did.

Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society


I wish I could do what Jesus did here.  Look out on the crowd and see someone who is struggling and to be able to say to them: You are free!  Can you imagine her delight? Her surprise? Her joy?
How strange is it that the religious authorities only see what is wrong.


Lord help me to see your joy, surprise, delight in my life and in the lives of others.

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