Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. Luke 13:10-13
What a miracle! To be loosed from a spirit of infirmity after eighteen years!
It had to be a hard life on this poor woman – always stooped over and always in pain.
Those around her were probably tired of hearing her moan and groans. No one dared asked her, “How are you doing today?”
After her miraculous healing, I wonder if everyone grew weary of her testimony of being cured.
But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.” Luke 13:14
There is a naysayer in every crowd. Someone to complain. Someone that sees the glass half empty instead of half full.
In this case, this man became upset not because she was healed but because of when and where she was healed.
He let his indignation completely blind him to the miracle.
He allowed the devil to use the Law of God to condemn the miracle of God.
He had no respect for the woman, who probably heard his complaint.
I think he was envious and jealous. It had not happened to him. Maybe he had some little ache or pain that was a constant discomfort. His response would be different had he been healed. He had some friends that needed healing but it didn’t happen to them.
If this woman had been his wife his response would have been different.
But it happened to a woman that meant nothing to him. He could not be happy for her – only self-righteous for himself. He had to make himself feel better through obnoxious piety.
The lesson here: look past yourself and see the miracle that God is doing in others. Be glad for them. Be blessed by what is taking place in their lives.