The Heart Of God

On another Sabbath day, Jesus was teaching in a synagogue (133).

There was a woman there who had been deformed by an evil spirit for eighteen years; she was always bent over and couldn’t straighten up. When Jesus met her, he placed his hand on her said, “Woman, be free from this sickness.”

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The woman straightened herself up & praised God for her deliverance!

The pastor & priest of that synagogue was angry because Jesus had healed her on the Sabbath.  He wanted to warn his people against offending God in this way, so he told them, “God has given us six days for working, so come during those days and be healed, but not on the Sabbath!”

But Jesus responded, “Everybody does some work on the Sabbath.  Don’t you untie your ox or your donkey from the stall & take it out to give it water on the Sabbath?

“Here is this poor woman, a descendant of Abraham like you all; Satan has kept her in bonds for eighteen years!  Shouldn’t she be set free on the Sabbath?”

This answer made the enemies of Jesus ashamed of themselves.  But the rest of the people rejoiced over the wonderful thing that Jesus had done.

Jesus wanted to encourage the people to keep seeking the heart of God.  So he gave them two quick word pictures to emphasize that God is always seeking to show us more & more of his heart.

“Consider a man who takes a mustard seed and plants it in his field. Gradually, the plant grows & becomes a tree, and the birds make their nests in its branches.

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“Or consider a woman who takes some yeast and mixes it with a bushel of flour.  Gradually, the whole batch of dough rises.”

 

(133) Luke 13:10-21