Series: I’m Every Woman
Lesson 4: Week March 23 – 29, 2022
AIM: After studying this lesson, students will realize that in spite of the length of an illness, the loss of a loved one, or whatever problem they may encounter or is facing, God sees, knows and cares! He will deliver in His own time!
Jesus healed persons in many ways. He did not cure in the same way. There was no standard way in which He cured people. In today’s lesson, we see Jesus do three things (1) He saw the woman, (2) He called the woman and (3) He touched the woman. No doubt, when she left the synagogue that Sabbath Day, she was singing this song:
Shackled by a heavy burden
‘Neath a load of guilt and shame
Then the hand of Jesus touched me
And now I am no longer the same
He touched, oh, He touched me
And oh, the joy that floods my soul
Something happened and now I know
He touched me and made me whole
This woman with a serious problem came to the synagogue. We don’t know what she was expecting but she found deliverance when Jesus healed her!
The woman in today’s text suffered for eighteen years before she got a healing solution. Many have speculated what it was that made her bend over because she had been troubled by a spirit all those years. Was it spiritual, mental, physical? Was she abused? Was it scoliosis? Was it osteoporosis? No matter what it was, Satan was the cause of it. This condition caused her not to be able to stand up straight.
Often, when there is something wrong in us and in our world, Satan is the cause of it. There are even many today who cannot be free because of how Satan has bound them. Paul reminds us that “… we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12 ESV). How many are bound today by Satan in the darkness of our culture here in America? What is binding you?
The incident in our lesson took place on a Sabbath Day in a synagogue. Unbelievable as it may seem, it was on this day when religious leaders went the round of their prayers that they closely watched Jesus in the hope of trapping Him in the breaking of some law concerning the Sabbath.
Regardless of our status in life, rich, poor, educated, uneducated, Black, White, Asian, employed, unemployed, we all share a common problem, namely, sickness! Sometimes the sickness is just the result of a virus or other contagious disease but sometimes, the sickness was because of a demon. And this incident in the synagogue wasn’t the first time Jesus had to deal with that kind of a problem. Very early in His ministry, He was in contact with a man with an unclean spirit (Mark 1:21-27) and then He was brought face to face with another man who had a “Legion” of unclean spirits (Mark 5:1-20). This was no problem for Jesus: He simply cast out the demons or evil spirits and every person who He came in contact with and needed healing, they were immediately healed!
So now, on a Sabbath, in a synagogue, Jesus finds a woman who had a “spirit of infirmity” and, even worse, was bowed together—we might say she was “doubled over”—and had a hard time lifting herself up. And, Luke adds, she had been in that condition for 18 years! Would she ever receive healing?
Luke 13:10-17 (NLT)
10 One Sabbath day as Jesus was teaching in a synagogue, 11 he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!” 13 Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised God!
14 But the leader in charge of the synagogue was indignant that Jesus had healed her on the Sabbath day. “There are six days of the week for working,” he said to the crowd. “Come on those days to be healed, not on the Sabbath.”
15 But the Lord replied, “You hypocrites! Each of you works on the Sabbath day! Don’t you untie your ox or your donkey from its stall on the Sabbath and lead it out for water? 16 This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?”
17 This shamed his enemies, but all the people rejoiced at the wonderful things he did.
- The Daughter Suffering the Illness
- Christ spoke of this crippled woman as “a daughter of Abraham,” and was therefore more precious in His eyes than the ox or ass about which He chided the Pharisees.
- This title by which He called her suggests that she was one of the inner circles of pious Israelites like Simeon and Zacchaeus.
Luke 2:25 (NIV) Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.
Luke 19:9 (NIV) Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.
- Being a descendant of Abraham, this female was possessed of his faith, and because of it, was in the Lord’s house on the Lord’s Day.
- She was in worship despite her deformity, and note her deformity was severe.
- She was bent over and unable to rise.
- The pain was sometimes severe. Yet, her habit was to attend worship and to seek the favor and help of God upon her life.
- As an heritress of Abraham, she was in the right place to be healed.
Matthew 6:33 (NIV) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Luke 11:9-10 (NIV) 9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
- But notice, although she was a firm believer in Jehovah she yet was afflicted for a long time.
- But now notice this – her painful illness did not keep her from attendance at the synagogue.
- She was not at the synagogue but in the synagogue! Consider the lame beggar. . .
Acts 3:1-2 (GNT) 1 One day Peter and John went to the Temple at three o’clock in the afternoon, the hour for prayer. 2 There at the Beautiful Gate, as it was called, was a man who had been lame all his life. Every day he was carried to the gate to beg for money from the people who were going into the Temple.
- Walking must have been difficult for her, but her seat was never vacant when the Sabbath came around!
- Think of what she would have missed if she had been absent from
God’s house that Sabbath when Jesus came to visit! Consider Thomas. . .
John 20:19-24 (MEV) 19 On the evening of that first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. The disciples were then glad when they saw the Lord. 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As My Father has sent Me, even so I send you.” 22 When He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven them. If you retain the sins of anyone, they are retained.” 24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called The Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.
- What encouragement this faithful daughter of Abraham brings to all godly women, who, despite bodily infirmities, household cares and chores, find their way to the sanctuary where He is ever present.
Hebrews 10:25 (NLT) And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
- The Description of Her Illness
- The woman had “a spirit of infirmity” which does not mean that she had a weak and infirm spirit, but a mysterious derangement of her nervous system.
- She was “bowed together” and could not lift herself.
- Jesus said that she had been bound by Satan – that her disorder had been inflicted on her by Satan, just as he had smitten Job with sore boils.
- I’m sure that her deformity must have made her a pitiful sight and caused her a good deal of mental despair, but she was to experience the power of the One who had come to destroy the works of the devil and was able to relieve both mind and body of affliction.
- The Duration of Her Illness
- For eighteen years this woman suffered, and eighteen years is a large slice out of one’s life!
- Her trouble was longstanding and hopeless.
- No doubt she had resigned herself to her fate and felt that it was “the will of God” for her to suffer this way!
- The good news is that no matter how long the illness, how severe the illness it makes no difference to the divine miracle worker. A word from Him was sufficient to heal.
John 5:1-8 (NLT) 1 Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. 3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. 5 One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” 7 “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.” 8 Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”
Luke 8:43-48 (NLT) 43 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding, and she could find no cure. 44 Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped. 45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. Everyone denied it, and Peter said, “Master, this whole crowd is pressing up against you.” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.” 47 When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed. 48 “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
- The Deliverer of Her Illness
- He saw her
- He saw the woman’s faithfulness in the worship of God, despite deformity and pain.
- He saw her condition with all its pain and inconvenience
- He saw the great sacrifice she made to worship God.
- He saw and was moved with compassion.
1 Peter 3:12 (NIV) For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Psalm 11:4 (MEV) The Lord is in His holy temple, His throne is in heaven; His eyes see, His eyes examine mankind.
- He called her
- Many have called out to Him, but He called her!
Matthew 20:30 (MEV) There, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”
Matthew 15:25 (NLT) But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, “Lord, help me!”
Luke 17:12-13 (NLT) 12 As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, 13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
- He touched her
- His touch secured health and comfort for those whom He touched.
- His touch was a. . .
- The cleansing touch
Matthew 8:3 (NLT) Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.
- The quieting touch
Matthew 8:15 (NLT) But when Jesus touched her hand, the fever left her. Then she got up and prepared a meal for him.
- The illuminating touch
Matthew 9:29-30a (NLT) 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” 30 Then their eyes were opened, and they could see!
- The reassuring touch
Matthew 17:7 (NIV) But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”
- The Difference in Response to Her Healing
- The woman herself glorified God.
- The unasked-for, immediate manifestation of divine power was followed by immediate gratitude.
- Although she was so badly deformed, she was constant in her attendance at the synagogue to worship and praise God, but this momentous day resulted in the pouring forth of her thankfulness in a continuous strain of praise.
Psalm 34:1-3 (KJV) 1 I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. 3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
- The people rejoiced
- All her friends, fellow worshippers in the house of God, who saw her determination, and sacrifice each week rejoiced with her!
Psalm 107:8 (KJV) Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
- The ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation.
- They found fault with everything Jesus did!
Matthew 15:2 (NIV) “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”
Mark 2:7 (NIV) “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Mark 2:16 (NIV) When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
Luke 15:2 (NLT) This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them!
Luke 19:7 (NLT) But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.
John 6:41 (NLT) Then the people began to murmur in disagreement because he had said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”
Point to Ponder: What has God done for you and yet you are still complaining?
Note: What a comfort we can gather from this miracle! Jesus is at hand, and whether our disorders are spiritual or bodily, the word of His mouth and the touch His hand are ours. If we are “bowed down greatly,” the son of God with power is near to “heal that which is sick, and to raise up them that are bowed down. All that concerns His own is of deep concern to Him!
Psalm 146:8 (NIV) the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.
Isaiah 61:1 (NIV) The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
PRAYER PRINCIPLE: Thank God that in our times of need or distress, God sees us, calls us and touches us for His glory.
SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLE: Be available to assist someone in their period of complaining by redirecting their thought process toward thankfulness.
EVANGELISM PRINCIPLE: Make others aware of how Christ touched our lives by His life, death, burial and resurrection.
STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE: Your thoughtfulness of God’s blessings toward you should be the impetus for your thankfulness shown by your giving.
DISCIPLESHIP PRINCIPLE: When in doubt as to how you can make it, take comfort in knowing God cares for you and is ready, willing and able to bring you through.
NEXT WEEK’S LESSON: Collision Course
SERIES: I’m Every Woman
NEXT WEEK’S READING: 2 Kings 4:1-7, Mark 12:41-44, Luke 18:1-8; Exodus 22:22;
Jeremiah 7:5-7; Luke 20:46-47; Luke 7:11-16; Jeremiah 6:26; John 3:16;
Hebrews 9:27; Romans 14:9; Psalm 11:4; Psalm 17:8; Luke 7:13; Luke 8:52;
Luke 23:28; Romans 8:35; Hebrews 4:15; Psalm 103:13, 17; John 5:25;
Lamentations 3:22-23; 1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 22:23; Psalm 35:28; Psalm 100:4;