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Released from Religious Regulations (1)

Luke 13: 10  And He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.  (11)  And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and she was bent double and could not stand erect at all.  (12)  And Jesus, seeing her, called her to Him and said to her, Woman, you are released from your infirmity.  (13)  And He laid His hands on her, and instantly she was made erect and began to glorify God.  (14)  But the ruler of the synagogue, being indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, answered and said to the crowd, There are six days in which man should work; therefore, come on them and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day

[Part 1 of 2]
In 13:10-17 we have the case of the Man-Savior healing and releasing a bent double and Satan-bound woman on the Sabbath.
Because of a spirit of infirmity, this woman was “bent double.” Literally, the Greek words rendered “bent double” mean “bending together.” This may signify the demon’s oppression over a person to an extreme extent, so that the person is bent toward the satanic world only and is unable to stand erect to look into the heavens.
The Lord Jesus saw the woman who was bent double, utterly unable to stand erect, but forced to look down to the earth as a result of the operation exercised upon her by Satan through his demons. The Lord said to her, “Woman, you have been released from your infirmity; and He laid His hands on her, and instantly she was made erect, and glorified God” (vv. 12-13). Here we see that the woman did not ask the Lord to heal her; rather, He initiated the healing and release of the bent-double and Satan-bound woman.

Here [in verse 14] we see that Satan uses not only the evil spirit to possess the woman, but also the religious ruler to oppose the woman’s release by the Lord. Religion is much used by the usurper to keep God’s chosen people under his oppression. The synagogue ruler, who was very religious, cared for religious regulations and not for the suffering of this woman, who was a descendant of Abraham.
[Continued tomorrow]

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