“So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound-think of it-for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath.” Luke 13:16
These are the words of Jesus to the ruler of the synagogue who spoke indignantly when Jesus healed the woman who was bent over for eighteen years. She was a devout lady who attended the synagogue regularly and was ignorant of what has been happening around her because she could not raise herself up. I am sure she did not know that Jesus was at the synagogue nor did she recognize that it was Jesus calling her to be healed.
As usual, Jesus was moved with compassion when he saw the affliction of the woman. He touched her and in an instant she was healed of her infirmity. The people at the synagogue must have marveled at the miracle done by Jesus. Oh! What a joy it would have been for the woman and the people around her. In Jesus’ own words we find that He did not bind her but Satan bound her for eighteen years. Please do not be deceived, it is Satan who brings bondages and diseases in our lives and unfortunately all the blame goes to Jesus the supernatural healer. Isn’t that contradictory? In James 3:11 it says, “Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?”
The ruler responded to the miracle with indignation when all of a sudden the attention was on Jesus healing on a Sabbath. The ruler was not at all bothered about healing the woman. He was only concerned about following traditions. Jesus replies that this woman being a daughter of Abraham is more precious to the
Beloved, Jesus has already paid the price for your healing as we read in Isaiah 53:5 “And by His stripes we are healed.”