I love you, Lord, and I lift my voice
To worship you, Oh my soul rejoice!
Take joy, my King, in what you hear
May it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear
Scripture Reflections Luke 13:10-12
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.
This healing is unique. The connection between the physical and the spiritual is clear and made by Luke in his narrative of the incident. The woman had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years...what lost time and energy were spent by this women who was under the influence of an evil spirit. Did she go to doctors for her condition? What were the other symptoms of her condition, I wonder? How was her condition evident spiritually?
This women still wanted to be where God's people were...even in the middle of her oppression. Sometimes people in the middle of Satan's impact are drawn to God's people...what does this imply?
God's people need to have spiritual discernment and the ability to be able to respond when need confronts us. Lord Jesus make it evident when spiritual conditions restrict and confine...
Lord Jesus the one thing that intrigues me is the connection between the physical aliment and sin. Here you make the clear connection between oppression of an evil spirit and the inability for the women to stand up straight. I wonder how many physical problems people have today are the result of spiritual causes.
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.
The first this thing that this woman did was to straighten up and stand upright for the first time in eighteen years.The very first thing this women said who had been under the influence and oppression of an evil spirit was to praise God.