No Healing Allowed on the Sabbath!

Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath.
And a woman was there who for eighteen years
had been crippled by a spirit;
she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect.
When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said,
"Woman, you are set free of your infirmity."
He laid his hands on her,
and she at once stood up straight and glorified God.
But the leader of the synagogue,
indignant that Jesus had cured on the sabbath,
said to the crowd in reply,
"There are six days when work should be done.
Come on those days to be cured, not on the sabbath day."
The Lord said to him in reply, "Hypocrites!
Does not each one of you on the sabbath
untie his ox or his ass from the manger
and lead it out for watering?
This daughter of Abraham,
whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now,
ought she not to have been set free on the sabbath day
from this bondage?"
When he said this, all his adversaries were humiliated;
and the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by him. - Luke 13:10-17

No healing on the sabbath?  Nope!  None!  Nada!  I guess the "hypocrites" wanted the woman to wait till Monday?

Jesus thought the sabbath was the perfect day to heal the woman and to humiliate the hypocrites who would withhold that healing from her.

When I read this scripture, I was struck by the fact that people would be so cruel to withhold healing from one who had suffered for so long just because of what day it was.

Then I look around in my own life and see that not a lot hasn't changed.  So today I will pray for hearts to change.  Including my own.

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