10 安息日，耶穌在會堂裏教訓人。 11 有一個女人被鬼附著，病了十八年，腰彎得一點直不起來。 12 耶穌看見，便叫過她來，對她說：「女人，你脫離這病了！」 13 於是用兩隻手按著她；她立刻直起腰來，就歸榮耀與 神。 14 管會堂的因為耶穌在安息日治病，就氣忿忿地對眾人說：「有六日應當做工；那六日之內可以來求醫，在安息日卻不可。」 15 主說：「假冒為善的人哪，難道你們各人在安息日不解開槽上的牛、驢，牽去飲嗎？ 16 況且這女人本是亞伯拉罕的後裔，被撒但捆綁了這十八年，不當在安息日解開她的綁嗎？」 17 耶穌說這話，他的敵人都慚愧了；眾人因他所行一切榮耀的事，就都歡喜了。
10On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. 14Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue ruler said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.” 15The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? 16Then 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?” 17When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.
- The synagogue ruler was indignant because Jesus broke the rule of Sabbath. Yet he could not see through the law and understand that it is out of compassion that Jesus healed the woman. This shows how little understood grace was and how little desired. The woman who experienced grace praised God. But the synagogue ruler rebuked Jesus for helping her. Jesus pointed out their hypocrisy that they would easily release an animal in order to care for them, but wouldn’t rejoice for a person released from Satan’s bondage.
- In their fervour to keep all of their rules and regulations, the Pharisees ended up neglecting to love others. I can also take the rules literally in order to rationalize my lack of concern for others (ie. insisting on tithing but refusing to help the needy; insisting on attending worship on time but refusing to pick up someone out of the way).
- Do I make excuses for neglecting to do good? Pay close attention to God’s whispering in my heart.
Vv10-17, What did Jesus do on the Sabbath? What was the attitude of the synagogue ruler? What did Jesus’ answer? Discuss the difference in Jesus’ attitude toward the woman and the ruler’s attitude. Ask, “What does this teach us about helping people?” “How do people respond to Jesus, why?”