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Read Luke 13:10-11

New Living Translation Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

10 One Sabbath day as Jesus was teaching in a synagogue, 11 he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight.

  • What do these verses tell us about what Jesus would do as a pattern on the Sabbath?

  • Why was this woman crippled?

  • What was the result of this woman’s condition?

  • What are some reasons people are sick in their physical bodies according to the scriptures?

Read Luke 13: 12-13

12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!” 13 Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised God!

  • Why do you think Jesus heals her?

  • What was her immediate action step after being healed?

  • What do we know about healing from the scriptures?

  • Why is it hard sometimes to ask God for someone’s healing?

Read Luke 13:14

14 But the leader in charge of the synagogue was indignant that Jesus had healed her on the Sabbath day. “There are six days of the week for working,” he said to the crowd. “Come on those days to be healed, not on the Sabbath.”

  • What can we surmise from this passage about the leader of the synagogue?

  • Why doesn’t he see the result of this woman being set free?

  • When have we responded like the synagogue leader with people may have had an experience being transformed by God that we don’t understand or may not seem to gel completely with our world view ?

Read Luke 13:15-16

15 But the Lord replied, “You hypocrites! Each of you works on the Sabbath day! Don’t you untie your ox or your donkey from its stall on the Sabbath and lead it out for water? 16 This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?”

17 This shamed his enemies, but all the people rejoiced at the wonderful things he did.

  • How might we have been hypocritical in the past as we were trying to have zeal for God, for His laws?

  • How does understanding this woman was bound by the enemies’ power help us to approach praying for others?

  • How do the people react to Jesus’ healing?

Think on This… In scripture there are many situations in which people have to endure sickness or have trials abd difficulties, but what can we be reminded about God’s nature and character in spite of sickness, disease, difficulty or injury based on this passage?


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