Luke 13 a

There is a strange story in Luke 13 –

10 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, thou art loosed from thine 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, Thou hypocrite, doth 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 hath 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.


There are plenty of people like this stickler for propriety and form (the ruler of
the synagogue), and if you want to find men blind as bats to the manifest tokens of a
divine hand and hard as millstones towards misery, and utterly incapable of glowing
with enthusiasm or of recognizing it, you will find them among ecclesiastical
martinets, who are all for having ‘things done decently and in order,’ and would
rather that a hundred poor sufferers should continue bowed down than that one of
their regulations should be broken in lifting them up. The more men are filled with
the spirit of worship, the less importance will they attach to the pedantic
adherence to its forms, which is the most part of some people’s religion.”
(Alexander Maclaren.)