Release! -- A Message From Luke 13:16

She was oppressed with a physical ailment for eighteen years, but that did not stop her from attending the synagogue on the sabbath. And, that was a very good thing because, after almost two decades of suffering, there came the day she was released from her bondage.
Release! -- A Message From Luke 13:16
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As we read the Gospels, we see numerous healings occurred during the ministry of Christ. In all of those healings are many spiritual teachings and principles that benefit His disciples today. Such is the case that we read in Luke 13:10-17 with the woman who went to the synagogue on the sabbath despite the fact that she was bent over. 

There she met Jesus Who healed her. For convenience, here is Luke 13:10-17--
“And He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11  And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and

was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. 12  And when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him, and said unto her, ‘Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.’ 13  And He laid His hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. 14  And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, ‘There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.’ 15  The Lord then answered him, and said, ‘Hypocrite!  Does not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? 16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?’ 17 And when He had said these things, all His adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.”

As you see, she became the center of controversy after the ruler of the synagogue was bothered by the event since it occurred on the sabbath. Unwilling to directly confront Christ he shifted the blame to the woman (verse 14), “There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day."

In saying this he overlooked the fact that the woman did not go to Jesus, but Jesus called to her and laid hands on her (verses 12 and 13). Also, the synagogue ruler did not correctly apply the whole Law (Torah). Jesus corrected him on that point by saying (verse 15), “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?"

Evidently the synagogue ruler considered humans less than animals. He also would prefer that no one who was sick or had a physical problem should attend on the sabbath lest some miracle would occur on the day of rest. Regardless, Jesus continued with His stern rebuke against the ruler by saying (verse 16), “And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan had bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?" From His statement we can note the following four things.

I. Humanity 16a

“And ought not this woman, . . .”

“This woman” is in contrast with the animals mentioned in verse 15. Surely humans are more important than animals. A distinctive mark between us and the animals is that we are made in the image of God. However, that image has been marred due to our sin and sin nature. 

While the accounts of people being healed by Christ were actual cases, most of the healings, if not all, represent in the spiritual realm a result of the sin nature and, in many cases, our choosing to enjoy sin. The lady of our text was bowed over and could not look up, which is what sin does to many people. They are focused upon the things of earth (spiritually looking downward) and for a number of reasons ranging from utter despair to pride they cannot look upward in the spiritual sense.

II. Heritage 16b

“ . . . being a daughter of Abraham, . . .”

Being Jewish, she had every right to be in the synagogue to hear the Word on the sabbath. Everyone who names the Name of Christ should be feasting upon His Word. There is healing strength in His Word.

Though she was of the seed of Abraham she was tainted with “a spirit of infirmity." The same thing happens today to many in the Body of Christ. There are times some are complacent or even consciously or subconsciously desire to be ill. Any government that has even a hint of socialism will provide various levels of financial and material aid to those who are ill, especially the disabled. Medications can be addictive at times along with the pleasure one might

feel when they receive pity for their condition (or that of a loved one). All of this can develop, or invite, “a sprit of infirmity." 

III. Helplessness 16c

“. . . whom Satan has bound, lo, these eighteen years, . . .”

It was noted in the text at verse 11 that the woman had “a spirit of infirmity.” Spirit here can mean attitude of mind or influence from a spiritual being, that is, a demon. Demonic activity at this point can be obsession, oppression, or possession. Whatever the problem is, we need a touch from Jesus.

Verse 11 indicates that she had that spirit of infirmity for eighteen years. It could have started off with satan {1} amplifying a problem she had and then conditioning her mind to accept the situation and just let it get worse. Jesus referred to the condition as being bound. This is precisely what satan wants to do with everyone: bind them in some way.

Oftentimes, because of their training, physicians encourage such binding psychologically and spiritually. Saying things like, “You will have that problem until you die,” “It will get worse,” “You will have to take medication the rest of your life,” and even the classic, “It is because you are getting older,” foster festering limitations on our lives--if we permit them to do so.

In the past, I have stopped seeing one doctor because when I was about 50 years old he said I had a hernia because I was getting old. I countered by saying even boys and girls get hernias. More recently a better physician, out of his concern, offered me a prescription. I respectfully declined it, preferring to study my ailment looking for natural cures or controls along with being led by God’s Holy Spirit.

Do not let satan put binding thoughts in your head. If you are getting disability payments, cross out the “dis” you might find on some of the correspondence from the government and agencies and develop the attitude that Christ will enable you. If a doctor says you will never be able to do a certain thing again, determine that, by the direction of God, you will still try.

IV. Healing / Deliverance 16d

“. . . be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?”

The Jewish Law indicates that the seventh day was to be a day of rest. However, as already noted, certain things were  permitted on the sabbath. And what better day to find release and relief from an ailment than the sabbath!

It is clear from the Holy Scriptures that God through Christ can heal someone from any problem, whether physical or spiritual. We read in God’s Word of His victory over temptation and ultimate power over satan which still occurs to this day.

Whether you are pestered by a physical, spiritual, psychological, emotional, domestic, or any other problem, Christ is able to set you free. Trust Him now to meet any need you have. If you have not already done so, fully surrender to Him.


{1} Not capitalized on purpose.

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I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit

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