Luke 13:11-17 – and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue ruler said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.” The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?” When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.
Now that we are into some disasters and calamities, it’s good to remind ourselves that God writes straight with crooked lines. We need to strengthen our faith, making deliberate acts of faith to avoid letting the pillars of our ultimate beliefs eroded by the many trials and difficulties we are and will be experiencing because of them.
God is all good, all wise, and all merciful. He does not want to play tricks on us. He is not a hunter who likes to harass us and to strike us in our most vulnerable moments. He is a good father who understands us well, loves us no end, provides us with everything we need, and solves our problems in their final terms. He does the same in Luke 13: 11-17 when he dealt with the crooked women who was sick and was in bondage for 18 years. “Bowed together” (Luke 13:11). She had been bound by Satan for eighteen years (Luke 13:16). Completely deformed by the power of the Devil. It is always Satan’s business, wherever he can, to bow down the souls of men to the earth. Sin never fails to make a crook in the will and thoughts of those under its dominion.
“She could in no wise lift up herself” (Luke 13:11). It was utterly impossible for her to break the cords that bound her face to the earth. She had been so long bowed down that her deformity had become fixed, like a crooked tree of eighteen years old. She was perfectly conscious of her outward disfigurement, and had often tried to straighten herself up, but “she could not.” How like this is to those who are morally “bowed together” through drink, lust, or temper, and who again and again have attempted to lift themselves up, but they cannot, back they go to their natural deformity.
Notice the terms used, “Loosed from thine infirmity… made straight… loosed from this bond” (Luke 13:12). It was to her a full salvation. It consisted of a deliverance from her own weakness, a freedom from the binding power of Satan, and a being made straight for future life and work. She was now a monument of His gracious wonder-working power. Such is His salvation. A loosing of the soul from the bondage of Satan and moral infirmity, and a making of the heart straight for an upright life and loving service. Therefore the song of the saved is, “and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, ” (Rev 1:5 NIV). “Immediately she glorified God” (Luke 13:13). A new song was put into her mouth as soon as her feet had been taken out of the horrible pit of her eighteen years’ bondage through Satan (Psa 40:2-3). The snare was broken by the power of Him who came “to heal all that were oppressed by the Devil” (Act 10:38). So are you crooked spiritually or physically God is near where you can reach him at any moment to heal you right now… Experience him today.
~ Amen and Amen