Woman, Thou Art Loosed From Thine Infirmity!
By Harrison Woodard
And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. – Luke 13:12 KJV
Based on Luke 13:10-17
For 18 years the woman went to worship at her synagogue. She had been bent over so long hardly anyone even noticed her pain and humiliation anymore. But she loved God and knew that He was the only answer to her problem.
She had visited physicians and specialists, but they could do nothing for her. This was not just a physical problem. There was a spirit of infirmity that prevented her from standing straight and oppressed her all these many years.
Like so many Sabbaths before, she went to hear the Word of God. But today was very different. There was a prophet in town that taught about a God of mercy and a covenant keeping God. She remembered the covenant that God made with Abraham, and she was his descendant. This prophet was Jesus, and he spoke with authority and love.
And then Jesus saw her in the crowd, not just with his eyes. He saw the real person inside and the spirit that had held her in bondage for nearly two decades. With much compassion Jesus proclaimed, “Woman, you are free from that infirmity!”
Nobody had ever spoken like that to her before. Just the thought of standing straight and doing things like everybody else filled her heart with joy. Could she really be healed? Was she really free?
As she pondered God’s Word, Jesus touched her. It was not just a physical touch. It was the touch of love from her Savior. She immediately received her healing inside and out, and stood up straight and tall.
The crowd erupted with shouts of praise to God. They all knew who she was and what she had endured. This was truly a miracle that glorified God. Few people in that crowd would ever doubt His power or love again.
But the ruler of the synagogue was angry. This was the wrong day to heal folks. He had witnessed this mighty manifestation of God, heard the praise of the people and was offended. It might have been a little jealousy that he had been upstaged by this young prophet. Or just a good case of religious stupidity, but he wanted to make his point.
“There are six days when we are to work. Those are the days you should come and be healed,” claimed the ruler.
Strangely, during the previous 5600 “work” days that this woman suffered, the religious leaders never found time to set this woman free.
Jesus, who pulled no punches when it came to religious hypocrisy responded, “You hypocrite! You feed and water your animals on the Sabbath. Should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, be freed from her infirmity on the Sabbath?”
The religious leader said no more. He understood the point and was ashamed of his remarks.
The people praised God for setting this woman free. Her testimony of God’s love and mercy was spread throughout the area.
Some Things To Think About
The ultimate source for all sickness is Satan. When Adam sinned, the curse entered creation, which includes sickness, disease, poverty and all the other evil things in the world. For the people of the Old Testament, God made a covenant with Abraham, and to all his descendants, that provided healing. When Jesus came, he provided an even better covenant that also provides for complete healing and wholeness for all who believe. One of the most important lessons to learn from this miracle is that God does NOT make you sick. Satan bound this woman, not God. God, through the ministry of Jesus (the Word – John 1), freed this woman from her infirmity. Don’t ever let religion or religious tradition, convince you that God wants his children sick. Satan steals, kills and destroys. But Jesus came to give you life in abundance, to the full, until it overflows. You are the body of Christ. He does not want there to even be a hangnail on the pinky toe of His body. Praise God! (Genesis 15; Exodus 15:26, 23:25; Deuteronomy 28; Job 1; Psalm 91; John 10:10; Acts 10:38; 1 Corinthians 6:15-20; Galatians 3; Ephesians 6; 1 John 3:8)
Jesus bore all sickness, sin, death and the entire curse on your behalf. If Jesus had healed this woman the next day, the religious leader would have had no cause to be offended. But Jesus said that she was a daughter of Abraham – a covenant child of God. She should not have to wait one more day! If you don’t retain anything else from this miracle, at least remember this – GOD WANTS YOU WELL! And he is willing to break a few man-made rules and ruffle some religious feathers to get you healed. That is VERY good news. (Numbers 21:7-9 & John 3:14-17; Psalm 103; Isaiah 53 & 1 Peter 2:24; Matthew 8; James 5:13-16)
Faith Building Exercise
Faith comes by continually hearing God’s Word. When you confess (speak) God’s Word out loud you are planting God’s incorruptible seed in your heart (spirit). In time, God’s Word will take root in your spirit (heart) and produce a plentiful harvest of all God’s blessings and promises in your life.
Confess these out loud every day until you believe them in your spirit. They will build your faith. Look up these verses and read them as they appear in your Bible. You can always trust God’s Word because He cannot lie.
The Lord healed me and keeps me from every disease.
(Exodus 15:26 & Deuteronomy 7:15)
The joy of the Lord is my strength.
Praise the Lord! Praise His holy name! He forgives all my iniquities and heals all my diseases. He redeems my life from the pit and crowns me with loving-kindness. He satisfies all my needs and desires. My youth is renewed.
My tongue brings healing.
Jesus carried all my diseases and weaknesses.
(Isaiah 53:4 & Matthew 8:17)
God made me well and healed me.
It is God’s will that I am healthy and whole.
God’s Word is spirit and life.
God’s Word grows mightily inside me and prevails over all the circumstances in my life.
My body is God’s Temple. He lives in me. He is my God and I am His child.
(2 Corinthians 6:16)
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