04/09/19 – Luke 13:1-21; Psalm 78:65-72; Proverbs 12:25
Today’s reading contains an emotional word picture of the misuse of God’s word & adherence to tradition by a synagogue leader vs. the recognition of much-needed compassion
Luke 13: 2 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. 14 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.” 15 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? 16 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?
Do you see it? The woman had been “bound/tied” by Satan, just as the ox/donkey were tied by the owner. Tragically, per the Jewish tradition “work” did not include the untying & basic care of an animal but condemned the “untying” of the woman’s burden and her healing.