Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Bent Over

In Luke 13:10-17 we have Luke's record of how Jesus healed a crippled woman.  Jesus was teaching in the synagogue when he noticed this particular woman who had been suffering for 18 years.  He felt that she shouldn't suffer a moment longer, and so he healed.  The only problem was that it was the Sabbath and this action contravened Sabbath rules - with the result that he incurred the wrath of the leader of the synagogue.  Why could it not wait until Sunday?

I feel sure that this synagogue leader was a good and kind man.  He was most probably an ordinary bloke - perhaps a fisherman or a carpenter or a cobbler - chosen for this position of leadership because he was respected in the community.  We can't believe his reaction - but he would be stunned by our view of him and utterly surprised to know that he is being held up as an example of religious hypocrisy some two thousand years later.

....   which all leads me to wonder:
What are the rules that get in the way of our doing what we should?
Who are the bent over people who we have ignored for too long?

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