He was teaching in one of the synagogues

Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 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 13:10-17

I am often amazed at how many people claim that Jesus was illiterate. In today’s verse we see Jesus once again in a synagogue this time He is teaching. At other times he reads from scripture. Now I may have missed something but if someone can read it would seem to me that they are not illiterate. Now as Jesus is teaching a woman come up to Him. We are told that she had been disabled for eighteen years. Jesus saw this woman and how she was bent over not able to stand up straight. He called her over and healed her.

Rather than praise God for this miraculous healing the ruler of the synagogue became indignant. He was beside himself because Jesus had the audacity to heal on the Sabbath. Immediately Jesus called the ruler on his hypocrisy. Jesus knew full well that they had to untie their animals and lead them to water to drink. It is also probable that they did other things on the Sabbath that could be considered work. These were common day to day things people had to do to exist. Yet for the rulers their work was okay but Jesus’ healing was not.

I believe one of the things that keep people from Jesus is the hypocrisy Christians show in the everyday things we do. We think that when we get into the work world it is ok to take advantage of the other guy. After all it is a dog eat dog world and only the strong survive. And we are doing this for our families. We talk about feeding the homeless but will not take a minute to write a check to the local food bank let alone a few hour to actually feed people. After all the government is taking care of them, aren’t they? Rather than model Jesus we model ourselves after the world and then wonder why more people are not being saved.

Now do not get me wrong all of us are hypocrite at some time or another. What we as Christians need to do is realize we do fall short of Christ but that we never stop trying to be more Christ like. Many people will never step foot in a church but they will see us and how we act. If they see us acting as Christ would have us act then they may want to learn why we do what we do. If the see us act as the world acts then they will see no reason to further investigate Jesus and what He has to offer them.

After Jesus called the synagogue rulers on their hypocrisy the people rejoiced over what Jesus did and what Jesus said. When people see us admit that we sometimes fall short of the goal Jesus set for us but that we are always seeking to be more like Christ and then they see us acting as Christ would act then they will want to know what our secret is. Then if they too come to Christ not only will we rejoice but so will all in heaven.

Have a blessed day,



About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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3 Responses to He was teaching in one of the synagogues

  1. Until we are perfected in Love David, which we are to aim for and our Carnal flesh is put to death,(Romans 8 :12-15- Romans 6 -Colossians 3:4-6 -Galatians 5:24 -26) we will all fall short but not if Christ is in us, He lives His Life through us and He does not fall short, we either believe that we are conformed into His image or we have to reject the Scripture that tells us we are and that we will walk like He does and now not when we are dead, we no longer have Adam’s seed when we are Born again, we have God’s, it’s our choice to believe what God tells us in the Scriptures but why live in defeat and fear, instead of Victory.

    John 3:9 No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    1 John 5:18-20 We know that no one who is Born of God sins; but He who was Born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.

    1 John 3: 1-11 ( 6-7 ) Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him. Little children, let no man/woman deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.

    Galatians 2: 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who Loved me, and gave Himself for me.(KJV)

    1 John 4:17-19 Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.

    Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect.

    Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

    2Timithy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

    Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne

  2. dwwork says:

    Anne, as we struggle through this life Christ is always there to help us through the hard times and to lift us up when we fall. David

    • Yes we do struggle with the limitations of our bodies David, so did Jesus but we do not fall into sin when we are Born again of God’s seed, as confirmed in the Scriptures I shared with you above and before and regardless that like others you are choosing to reject God’s Truth as confirmed in them and instead trust in your own understanding and what you have been taught in error and which has also been reinforced by others who are in error too, it remains God’s Truth and you and others can’t change it to suit what you choose to believe in your Carnal flesh, which we all need to put to death by The Spirit so we can be perfected Spiritually in Love.

      I will never agree to disagree with you David or anyone else who rejects God’s Truth but will continue to share it as He leads me to do so regardless of fleshy and childish rejection.

      Blessings – Anne

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