Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a disabling spirit 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 disability.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
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.”
The Lord then answered him and said “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”
And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.
Jesus saw this woman and had compassion on her. When He saw her He called her to Himself and told her she was loosed from her disability, laid His hands on her and immediately she was made straight and glorified God. What a mighty miracle. All those who witnessed this amazing miracle should have been glorifying God as they witnessed this woman being healed.
Yet here we see that the opposite happened as the ruler of the synagogue was angry at Jesus for healing this woman on the Sabbath. Then he turned to incite the crowd saying that she could be healed on any other day of the week, but not on the Sabbath.
Jesus was deliberately showing this ruler, and the crowd, that His heart was hardened as they had no compassion for this woman at all. All the ruler could think of was that Jesus was breaking one of their man-made religious rules. He didn't care that this woman had been suffering for 18 years and had an opportunity to be healed. He should have been rejoicing with the woman and giving God all the glory!
Jesus called them “hypocrites”, saying that they all take good care of their animals giving them water to drink, being concerned for their needs on the Sabbath, which is as they should do, but how much more should we care for our fellow man? They had no compassion at all for this woman who had been suffering for so long and was in desperate need of help!
A daughter of Abraham, whom Satan had bound, Jesus said, trying to appeal to their compassionate side, ought she not be loosed on the Sabbath?
Shame on them!
We must show compassion to those in need as our precious Saviour did.
After saying this all of Jesus adversaries were put to shame, they couldn't deny their failure to show compassion to this woman, but notice they didn't repent either, they were put to shame, and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Jesus.