In Luke Chapter 13, we read about the account of Jesus healing a woman bound for 18 years, while He was teaching in the synagogue.
This woman had a spirit of infirmity, and in a moment, she was made whole.
This unnamed woman did not seek Jesus out, but he laid hands on her and said, Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.
This was a spirit of infirmity that Jesus encountered, while in the Synagogue! This illness she had was not because of sin, it was a demon attacking her.
The ruler of the synagogue was upset because Jesus healed on the Sabbath, and confronted Him about it. Jesus always having the best answer replied, Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it?
Their Sabbath traditions actually placed a higher value on animals than on people in distress.
Legalism can keep you from the blessings of God.
Jesus rebuked the official of the synagogue, stating this woman was a daughter of Abraham, meaning she was Jewish, a daughter of the promise.
A few things I picked up.
The Lord can come to us when we least expect it and bless us.
The number 18 means abundant life. Her healing was in God’s perfect timing.
We too are sons and daughters of the promise. In a surprise moment, Jesus can come to us and say, Son, Daughter, you are loosed from ________ (fill in the blanks) and our sufferings will end.
Where we once looked down because of despair, distress, depression, and sadness, suddenly we will be called out, a hand will touch us and someone say a few words from the spirit of God and we will be looking up, praising God and walking in abundant life.
Scripture reading, Luke 13: 10-17