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Sex, Virginity and Marriage in the First Century





Benjamin M. Lightner
November 30, 2011

Who Speaks for these?

Luke 13:10-17

New International Version (NIV)

10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
14 Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”
15 The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? 16 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”
17 When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.


As we look at this text today, I would like to bring to your attention the Dr. Seuss book titled, The Lorax. The Lorax book is about a tree loving character that finds itself in a fight to save Truffula trees. The Lorax’s speaks out concerning the plight of chose the Truffula trees because they had no way to speak for themselves. The Lorax realizes that these trees where being destroyed and that this destruction would have implication past the life of the trees. The Lorax speaks these words to the Onceler that was destroying the trees. “I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.” This quote reminded me of the importance of speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves. As children of the most high God we are required to speak for those who are not capable of speaking for themselves. Jesus stated in Luke 4:18: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim Good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.[1]

Luke here describes what we as children of the most high God are called to do. We are to speak to that segment of the population that is often, ostracized, alienated, overlooked, suppressed, oppressed, rejected and even disenfranchised. The passage for our text today speaks to how Jesus can set us free. As we watch Jesus in this passage we see a miraculous set of events unfolded and individuals being delivered from the bondage of sickness, oppression and disenfranchisment, we get a picture of what Jesus can do for us, if we will come to Him and what he can do through us if we trust him. I would like for us to spend sometime few minutes together as I share some of my thoughts with you on the subject, “Who Speaks”. It is my prayer today that someone will be able to identify that which keeps them from acting when faced by life’s challenges or helping others who can speak for themselves. There is an pandemic that is ravaging the world that we live in and we are doing nothing about it! We are sticking our heads in the sand, Close our doors and pulling down the blinds of our windows . We have this attitude that its not my problem but I want to give you some facts that you should know! HIV/AIDS is killing Black folks in America. Of all the new cases diagnosed in 2009, forty-seven percent was African American, yet we only make up fifteen percent of the population. But we church folks don’t want to have a conversation about it. We as seen in this text don’t want to do anything on the Sabbath or any other day that we fill will hurt our doctrine. But I ask the question what are the issues. First is her affiction (verse 10-11) I. Affictions A. Physically – This woman had some physical defects that prevented her from standing up straight. These affictions were extremely painful. • She struggle everyday for 18 years. • She could not look up. • She was powerless to get over her condition • She represented those who could not speak for themselves

Who will speak for theses that no one wants around when their spirits hang low and their bodies nearly touch the ground! Who speaks for these. This woman according to the text was a decendent of Abraham and thus she was considered a believer!

B. Spiritually – Verse 16 tell us that this woman was a believer. That was under attack by the devil.

• She had a spiritual affiction! • She was not demon possessed because she was a believer. • She was demon oppressed for that reason • She was more than likely a product of her life’s experience! • No one can blame the devil for everything that happens in their life some of our issues are of our on doing. • I want you to understand that we are under attack by the enemy but sometimes we don’t defend ourselves • We don’t put on a jacket when we go outside and catch a cold. • We do educate ourselves or family and friends about things that cause us pain and suffering. • We overlook those in society that fall on hard times. • We allow the devil to separate us from each other and the love of God • • What has you spiritually bound today? Sickness, Sin, Bitterness, Temptation, Hatred, Unforgiveness, Guilt, Addiction, Lust, Envy, Greed, Religion, Fear, Worry, Finances ignorance, and high mindness. These are all things that keep us in darkness.

An as long as you are in the dark the devil can have his way! This allows the devil so socially affict you.

C. Socially – This woman must have face numerous challenges but I imagine that the worse was when her friend refuse to standby her, help her or when her family was ashamed of her. It may have been when they gave up on her! But more difcult was the fact that for 18 years no one had spoke up for her. Who will speak for these that can not speak for themselves. You know that person that you

• Overlooked • Ostracized • Oppressed • Alienated • Rejected • Disenfranchised

These social outcast, we call them! But thank God for Jesus because he spoke for them! Can I show you how he spoke for these! According to verse 12-17 Jesus call the woman forward.

II. Interaction Jesus saw this woman in need who had came to the synagogue to worship. Jesus knew the commitment that it must have taken to come in that condition. He knew that she must have been genuine in seek God. That she was just coming to sit and do nothing. • You see, too many come to church or live in our society, and just do nothing to help others. Jesus had three solutions for her. A. Compassion – • First Jesus acknowledged her with his words of comppasion. He did not call her any names or disrespect her. He merely said Woman • I would imagine that she was not beautiful anymore but just the same he acknowledged her existence. • People did not see her as a woman, but as a freak, an object of mockery, pity and probably disgust. Yet, Jesus saw her as a woman! Others may not have recognized her significance, but Jesus did. He loved her like she was!

B. Comprehensive makeover 1. He Affected The Cure - After Jesus spoke, He touched her and immediately she stood ramrod straight! No longer was she forced to shuffle about from place to place, never able to look up, see the stars, look at the sky. No longer was she deformed and freakish. No longer would she be the brunt of jokes and an object of mockery. She had been healed! ( 2. He Attacked The Cause - This woman’s affliction was caused by Satan. Jesus rebuked the influence of the devil in her life and set her free! (Note: Friend, He waits to do the same thing for you today! He wants to deliver you from the bondage of your hurts. He wants to heal your emotional scars. He wants to set you free from the pain and isolation you feel. Our enemies, the world, the flesh and the devil all delight in keeping us in bondage. Because, when we are bound, we are useless to the Lord and cannot contribute to the kingdom work of the Savior. Jesus has a plan to set you free. You need to get to Him!) 3. He Addressed The Critics - When this miracle occurred, the people in the synagogue began to rejoice, as well they should have, verse 17. However, the ruler of the synagogue told the people that they could be healed any of the other six days of the week. He was implying that the Sabbath was more important than the needs of the people! Jesus rebuked this idea and merely told this man that he was placing the needs of animals above the needs of people! In fact, Jesus tells him that he is a hypocrite! He loves his religion more than he loved God, or God’s people!
III. V. 13 THE TRANSFORMATION SHE ENJOYED A. She Was Healed Externally - Life would never be the same for her again! Her condition had forever been changed! She was whole she was straight and she was free from the bondage of her condition. (Note: That is the power of His touch! It is life changing and it is powerful! When He touches you, straightens out what is wrong and gives you His healing, you will never be the same again! You see, when Jesus heals the heart, it always affects the outer man as well, Rom. 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 10:3-5. By the way, it is in the mind that real change is effected! When the inner man is made whole the outer man shows the fruit of that work!) B. She Was Healed Emotionally - This poor, shamed, broken woman stood up straight and began to praise the name of Jesus Christ. Her pain had been replaced with His praise! Her shame had been replaced with His shout! He had touched her and now she was free! The verb here indicates that her praise was on going in nature. She just kept on lifting up her voice in praise to God above! (Note: What grace that can replace our bondage with the glorious freedom to be found in Jesus! When we experience His touch, when He breaks the bonds that hold us, when He sets us free from the scars, pain and trials of life, He replaces our gloom with His glory. When the Lord sets you free, don’t you worry about it, you just give Him the praise He deserves!)

Conc: Everything I have said this morning has been designed to let you know that Jesus Christ cares about you and He has a plan to help you. He wants to set you free from every thing that binds you today. I want you to notice that Jesus made the first move. He called her to come to Him, verse 12. She responded to His call, came to Him and got the help she needed. Is He calling you today? Is there something in your life that has you bound? Some past hurt? Some secret sin? Some guilt over things long gone? Some bitterness and unforgiveness that has wedged itself into your heart? Maybe you just need to come to Him for the very first time. He will save you if you will come. When will we ever learn that the only way to get the help we need from the Lord is to go about His way. That is, when He calls, we come to Him. When He calls we respond. When we do, we are promised that He will be there to meet us and to help us get the healing we need for our lives. We have all heard the statement, “Let go and let God.” Have you ever thought about where it originated? The story goes something like this: A college student back in the nineteenth century took six postcards and wrote a large letter on each one of the postcards: L–E–T-G–O–D. He then put them on the mantelpiece in his room where he was living at school. One evening a draft blew through the window and the “D” blew away. As he picked it up, what he saw seemed to be a message from God, the secret of the Christian life. Only by letting go can you let God carry out His will in your life.

----------------------- [1]Luke 4:18, NIV.

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