Off the record

Luke 13:10-17

In a story that is unique to Luke, Jesus heals a nameless woman by giving her the freedom to unbend and stand up straight after she has lived for years in crippling bondage. The woman has not asked to be healed. She simply finds herself in Jesus’ presence—and that leads to healing and life for her. This beautiful story, however, is not without conflict. Jesus heals the woman in sacred space (a synagogue, mentioned twice) and within sacred time, namely on a Sabbath (noted no fewer than five times), and he is criticized for this breach of the law. Jesus insists that the synagogue and the Sabbath are not the only things that are holy—so is this woman’s life. She is a daughter of the promise—“And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise” (Gal. 3:29), or a “daughter of Abraham,” as Jesus names her.

 

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