What Jesus Did! 'Get Real!' — Luke 13:14-17

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The synagogue leader was angry because Jesus healed on the Sabbath day. The leader said to the people, "There are six days for work. So come to be healed on one of those days. Don't come for healing on the Sabbath day." The Lord (Jesus) answered, "You people are hypocrites! All of you untie your work animals and lead them to drink water every day—even on the Sabbath day! This woman that I healed is our Jewish sister. But Satan (the devil) has held her for 18 years. Surely it is not wrong for her to be made free from her sickness on a Sabbath day!" When Jesus said this, all the men that were criticizing him felt ashamed of themselves. And all the people were happy for the wonderful things Jesus was doing.
— Luke 13:14-17
Illustration of Luke 13:14-17 — "There are six days for work. So come to be healed on one of those days. Don't come for healing on the Sabbath day."

Key Thought

Worship of God will always mean concern for his people. In fact, worship that is not tied to living correctly with people is not worship and does not please God. While we don't like to use the word "shame" in today's politically correct world, we need to realize that some things are shameful. One of those things is to pretend to be a God-worshipping person and then to treat his children as if they didn't matter to us or to their Father in heaven.

Today's Prayer

Father, help me know that a crucial part of worshipping you is treating people with the love, respect, kindness, and dignity that you would treat them. Father, I want to know this in my heart and in my daily lifestyle, not just in my head. Use me to bless others and bring you praise. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus taught in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath day. In that synagogue there was a woman that had a spirit {from the devil} inside her. This spirit had made the woman crippled for 18 years. Her back was always bent; she could not stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called to her, "Woman, your sickness has gone away from you!" Jesus put his hands on her. Then she was able to stand up straight. She praised God. The synagogue leader was angry because Jesus healed on the Sabbath day. The leader said to the people, "There are six days for work. So come to be healed on one of those days. Don't come for healing on the Sabbath day." The Lord (Jesus) answered, "You people are hypocrites ! All of you untie your work animals and lead them to drink water every day—even on the Sabbath day ! This woman that I healed is our Jewish sister. But Satan (the devil) has held her for 18 years. Surely it is not wrong for her to be made free from her sickness on a Sabbath day!" When Jesus said this, all the men that were criticizing him felt ashamed of themselves. And all the people were happy for the wonderful things Jesus was doing.

Luke 13:10-17

Related Scripture Readings

With my whole self I hate your monthly meetings and councils. These meetings have become like heavy weights to me. And I am tired of carrying those weights. "You people will raise your arms to pray to me—but I will refuse to look at you. You people will say more and more prayers—but I will refuse to listen to you. Why? Because your hands are covered with blood. "Wash yourselves. Make yourselves clean. Stop doing the bad things you do. I don't want to see those bad things. Stop doing wrong! Learn to do good things. Be fair with other people. Punish the people that hurt others. Help the children that have no parents. Help the women whose husbands are dead."

Isaiah 1:14-17

The kind of religion (worship) that God accepts is this: caring for orphans or widows who need help, and keeping yourself free from the world's {evil} influence. This is the kind of religion (worship) that God accepts as pure and good.

James 1:27

To answer this question, Jesus said, "A man was going down the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. Some robbers surrounded him. They tore off his clothes and beat him. Then the robbers left the man lying there on the ground. He was almost dead. It happened that a Jewish priest was going down that road. When the priest saw the man, he did not stop to help him; he walked away. Next, a Levite came near. The Levite saw the hurt man, but he went around him. He would not stop to help him either; he just walked away. Then a Samaritan man traveled down that road. He came to the place where the hurt man was lying. The Samaritan saw the man. He felt very sorry for the hurt man. The Samaritan went to him and poured olive oil and wine on his wounds. Then he covered the man's wounds with cloth. The Samaritan had a donkey. He put the hurt man on his donkey, and he took him to an inn. At the inn, the Samaritan cared for him. The next day, the Samaritan brought out two silver coins and gave them to the man that worked at the inn. The Samaritan said, 'Take care of this hurt man. If you spend more money on him, I will pay it back to you when I come again.'" Then Jesus said, "Which one of these three men (the priest, the Levite, or the Samaritan) do you think showed love to the man that was hurt by the robbers?" The teacher of the law answered, "The one that helped him." Jesus said to him, "Then you go and do the same {for other people}!"

Luke 10:30-37

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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