And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him. (Luke 13:11-17)
One of the clearest signs that a church (and many, many of them today are) is ruled by Pharisees and hypocrites is when you see leaders and members of such a place loudly protesting and gnashing their teeth when someone, like this daughter of Abraham, is loosed from bondage to Satan. It’s the very same thing. An abuse victim who has suffered torments for years and years calls out for help and is rejected by the pillars of the church. Then the truth comes along, she sees it, and she gets free.
What happens? Celebration? Hardly.
Instead, these whitewashed tombs start their nitpicking. They show you this verse and that verse (entirely divorced of context and from the spirit of mercy and compassion the Lord prefers) to denounce you for celebrating her freedom. These hypocrites will buy their dog the best food, regularly water their plants, service and shine their car, but when a woman is set free from evil and she begins to glorify God for it, look out! The rulers become indignant! How dare you separate or divorce!
Jesus’ words to such “pious ones” today are the same: “You hypocrites!” At least these kind in Jesus’ day crept off, having been put to shame. Today’s such creeps don’t creep. They just stand there insisting they are right, and in reality telling the Son of God He has no right to break their rules.
Good luck with all that when He comes, hypocrites. How do you think that is going to work out for you?
I love how Jesus clearly indicates that the woman is a daughter of Abraham! I think you are right,!
Thanks for this Pastor Crippen!
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