Living Water

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Posted 08 Nov 2006 in Jesus, Scripture, Spirituality

The Gospel of St. John Chapter 13 –

10On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11and 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. 12When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.

14Indignant 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.”

15The 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? 16Then 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?”

17When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.

God caught me just now as I was reading this passage. I see this image of a women twisted and – as Eugene Peterson suggests – bent over with the pain of arthritis, bound by a spirit. Jesus showing compassion reaches down and touches her announcing her free from bondage and infirmity. It’s a delightful picture that spoke to my heart tonight, I hope it does yours.

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