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Be Loosed From This Bond Luke 13:10-17


Be Loosed From This Bond                      (click here for audio)

Luke 13:10-17

10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” 13 And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God. 14 But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” 15 Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? 16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” 17 As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.


Jesus healed a lot of people. In our reading in Luke 13, a woman who was disabled, unable to stand up straight, was immediately healed by Jesus.  People were amazed at the healing power of Jesus.  When Jesus began preaching in Capernaum, he was inside a synagogue teaching the Word of God.  A man who was possessed by a demon was also there.  The demon cried out,  “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?  Have you come to destroy us?  I know who you are---the Holy One of God.”  Jesus rebuked the demon and commanded the demon to come out of the man.    The reputation of Jesus having such power to drive out demons went everywhere.    Jesus healed Simon Peter’s mother-in-law who had a fever.  The fever left immediately and she got up and prepared a meal for them. The news spread so much that at the end of the day people with sickness from everywhere were at the door of Peter’s home. Jesus healed everyone of them.   Jesus slipped out and went to a desolate place to pray.   People were looking for him. Peter and some of his companions found Jesus and they said,  “everyone’s looking for you”.

Jesus said,  “let’s go to other villages and preach,  that’s why I came.”[1]

“I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well;  for I was sent for this purpose.”   - Luke 4:43

Jesus healed and delivered people from demons,  but his main purpose for coming was to preach the good news of the kingdom of God.   In Luke’s gospel alone, the reference to God’s kingdom is about 31 times.    John the Baptist preached “repent for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand”      And Jesus preached  “repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Jesus preached everywhere saying…..

18 The Spirit of the Lord is on Me,
because He has anointed Me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent Me
to proclaim freedom to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set free the oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.[2]

If you review Luke 4 you will see after Jesus preached this in Nazareth which was his hometown.   They literally grabbed Jesus to throw him off a cliff because they rejected his message.

Jesus did NOT say…. The Spirit of the Lord is on the Pharisees, or on the chief priest, or on the synagogue leaders.

Jesus did NOT say…God has anointed the Pharisees to preach the good news; 

Jesus DID SAY…  The Spirit of the Lord is on ME….  God has anointed ME to preach the good news of the Kingdom.    Preach good news to the poor.  (spiritually poor)

The Jews did not see themselves as the poor…..  bankrupt morally,  bankrupt spiritually,  bankrupt religiously…..  they believe they were rich in good deeds,  rich in good works.

He has sent Me to proclaim freedom to the captives --   They did not see themselves as being in bondage, or as a captive to sin,  in bondage to the devil,  to the flesh.   They believe they were FREE.

and recovery of sight to the blind ---  they did not see themselves as being blind to spiritual truth.

to set free the oppressed----they did not see themselves as being oppressed by an oppressive religion.

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.---They did not see themselves being disfavored with God.     They believed they were already in God’s favor.

This is the purpose for Jesus’ coming…. It’s all about the Kingdom of God.

To enter the kingdom of God,  a person must accept the fact that they are poor spiritually,  in bondage to their sins,  blind to the truth, and they are oppressed and they need a Savior.  A Savior who is God’s Son and God’s perfect Lamb.  The only Savior Who delivers us from our sins through the power of His cross.  Jesus paid for our sins by His own blood.  Our faith is in the merits of Calvary,  and not in our own merits.

Jesus paid it all.   Jesus delivers us from all our sins.   Jesus and Jesus alone atoned for our sins, setting the captives free.

To be saved, to be delivered,  a person must abandon old ways of thinking;   old ways of believing.  They must repent, turn around,  abandon self,  abandon their love for the world, abandon their love for sin and flee to Christ.

Jesus had already told his disciples to “beware of the leaven of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy.”[3]    To be saved they must abandon the false teaching of their phony, hypocritical religion.  The religion of the Jews had become corrupt with all its man-made rules and regulations. The Jewish religious system laid heavy burdens on the people, with impossible expectations and nothing was so unbearable as their Sabbath laws.  The Sabbath day was not a delight, but a dreaded day because of all the legalistic restrictions on what you could and couldn’t do.

Jesus plowed right in to their unbiblical approach to keeping the Sabbath.  He warned everyone to abandon this false burdensome religion and come to Him for true rest.

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”[4]

This is the purpose for which Jesus came…. To deliver us from oppression;  to deliver us and to give us rest….rest for our souls.

And in the passage before us   Luke 13 a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. Jesus said to her  “woman, you are freed from your disability”

v.16  “Ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?”

Everyone comes into the world with a sinful nature and enslaved in the bondage of sin. How can a person experience freedom?   Real freedom in the heart?   How can a person know Freedom from sin, and from the ways of the world, freedom from Satan,  and eternal enslavement in hell?

Jesus said you must know the truth, and that’s why His ministry was a “teaching ministry”.

1.  Hear and Experience the truth -   v.10   “he was teaching in one of the synagogues”

Hearing false teaching keeps people enslaved to their sins. What is needed is “hearing the truth”.

What is the truth?    Everyone who continues practicing sin is a slave to sin.  Only the Son (the Lord Jesus) can set you free from this enslavement to sin.   That’s why He came.

John 8:31-36

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”  34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Jesus was in a synagogue.   Synagogue means  “a place of instruction”.  During the time Jesus was on earth, there were many synagogues in Galilee and in Jerusalem.   Probably about 200-250 synagogues in Galilee area, and in Jerusalem alone a total of 500 synagogues.   The idea of a synagogue was created in Old Testament times when the Jews were deported as captives to Babylon.   They would gather to hear someone teach from the scriptures.  When they came back to their homeland in Judah,  they continued the practice of forming synagogues.  A synagogue was  run by a board of elders, and the leader of that board would be the “ruler”.  He would determine who was going to teach at that particular synagogue.   The temple was different…there was only one temple and it was in Jerusalem.  That was the only place where they offered up yearly sacrifices.

Here ‘s   a perfect place for Jesus to teach and show compassion on those who had physical problems.   Being on the Sabbath made it even better, because it gave Jesus an opportunity to expose the futility of their religious system.

Not only was this woman bound by Satan physically for 18 years;  so also you could say the other Jews were bound.  They were enslaved to a system of teaching that showed no mercy.  The synagogues were prison houses of false teaching.  Jesus came to preach the truth that sets the captives free.

That’s what is desperately needed in our day.  The  truth of God’s Word.  There are those who think the truth is not really that important.  They say doctrine is not important.  The main thing is that people feel good,  and they are happy,  and they get along with others,  and they tolerate each other, and respect each other,  and just be friendly to each other.  You have your beliefs;  I have my beliefs.   I saw a bumper sticker one time that said,   “my God loves your God”.   Everyone has their own idea of who “God is”.   We tolerate multiple beliefs;  multiple gods in our society.  Tolerance is the great virtue.   We are witnessing the rise of paganism in America which is what all false religions are.  The teaching of lies,  the teaching of false doctrines, will further enslave people in their sins.

2.  Reach others with the gospel of saving grace   vv.11-13

When you have been given the truth,  and you have received the truth,  and the truth has set you free,  then like Jesus give that truth to others.   Watch others experience spiritual freedom. Reach others with the gospel of saving grace. 

Like this woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years,  there are people everywhere who are disabled to live right;  they are disabled to think right;  they are disabled to talk right;   they are disabled to do anything that pleases God.  They are in bondage to their sins.  They are like this woman who was bent over and could not fully straighten herself.   People are bent over under the weight of sin, and the guilt of sin.  They can not straighten out their lives.

There is only one hope for a person like that---  they need Jesus.

a)   He saw her and called her over -   This was an act of grace.  She did not call out to Jesus, but rather Jesus called out to her. She heard His call, and responded.    She came to Jesus,  and Jesus said the words that set her free  “woman, you are freed from your disability”.      Jesus did not have to call on her.   This is the grace and compassion of our Lord.

Salvation is offered to all Whom the Lord calls.

“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself[5]

She came over to where Jesus was.  How do we know that?  It doesn’t say  “he called her over and she went out the door”    Jesus said some words to her, which meant she came to Jesus. 

Maybe, you are thinking,  the Lord is not calling me.  Then there is this verse in the Bible:

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”[6]

You say,  “the Lord is not calling me,”  then  “you are to call on His name”.  For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.  Read the Gospels and you will find many examples of people who called out to Jesus for His help.  James said  you have not because you ask not”.[7]

It’s like the gospel hymn:

          I must tell Jesus all of my trials;  I cannot bear these burdens alone.

          In my distress He kindly will help me,  He ever loves and cares for His own.

          I must tell Jesus!  I must tell Jesus!  I cannot bear my burdens alone.

          I must tell Jesus!  I must tell Jesus!  Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.


Jesus saw her and called her over.   We who have been the recipients of God’s saving grace must see those who are bent over in life;  down trodden;  weighted down with the cares and burdens of this life and  call them over and give them this message of hope.


b)   You are freed from your disability - 


That’s the words from the Lord.  You no longer have to bear this weight of sin. You are free. You are forgiven. The sin is gone!  The guilt is gone! As far as the east is from the west so far does the Lord remove your sins and transgressions from you.[8]    Your sins are Never to be remembered!

There are physical disabilities that will limit us in this life.  But the freedom in the spirit, in the heart of man can be experienced right now.

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.[9]


c)    Immediately she was made straight

Her healing was instantly. She was touched by the Lord Jesus.   Some think a person is healed by some TV faith healer.  No faith healer has a healing touch.  The healing that is real is that which is given by the Lord.  It doesn’t cost you a cent.  You don’t have to write a check to receive a bottle of healing water.  You don’t have to send off money and get the Fake preacher’s  prayer cloth that he has breathed on and touched.

All that’s needed is a touch from the Master’s hand.   And God in His grace does give healing in the body as He sees fit.  If not,  praise the Lord,  in Heaven there is perfect healing of the body.

Notice the healing was immediate.   Immediately she was made straight.   There was no need for 6 months of therapy, or even 6 days of therapy.  The healing was instant.  Salvation by God’s grace does not come in degrees.  When God saves you,  He saves you completely and instantly.  You are not in the process of getting saved.  You are saved in one moment in time. Sanctification is a process whereby we grow in grace and become more like Christ in our daily lives.  That’s different.  Justification is a one time act by faith in Christ.

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. [10]


d)   She Glorified God


That’s the sign it worked!   She has something to praise God for.   She has been changed by the power of Christ!   She left that synagogue a different person.  No more will she be bent over by an oppressive disabling spirit from the devil.  She is set free!  


There’s a smile on her face.  There’s joy in her heart.  A person who has been saved by the grace of God,  the amazing grace of the Lord,  they have the evidence of being changed.   I know we are not always smily-smily,  or happy-clappy, but deep down  all is well between us and the Lord.   He has straighten us out.  He has changed us and made us a new creature in Christ.  Old things have passed away, behold all things are new.[11]

We walk in newness of life.[12]   Everyday we have so much to praise and glorify God for.  If not, something is wrong.

I hope we are not like what is said in the poem called The Robin and the Sparrow:


“The Robin and the Sparrow"
Said the robin to the sparrow,
“I should really like to know,
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about and worry so.”
Said the sparrow to the robin,
“Friend I think that it must be,
That they have no Heavenly Father,
Such as cares for you and me.”

Elizabeth Cheney

To be loosed from the bonds of sin…..  (1) hear the truth…experience the truth that sets you free….and then   (2) reach out to others with this gospel of grace….


3.  Expose false teaching   vv. 14-16

The ruler of the synagogue is not happy.    Jesus is messing up the whole routine of their worship service at the synagogue. 

The ruler full of indignation says  “There are six days to work, come on those days to be healed, not on the Sabbath.”

Ruler:  “you’re messing up the Sabbath….we have our rules of not working on the Sabbath, and you have violated one of our rules.” 

You would think this ruler would have at least said,  “that’s great for this woman to be healed, I know she is happy, but let’s try to do this on another day.”

NO!  He’s furious!  Indignant!    He’s mad!  Why?    Jesus is exposing his beliefs to be false.   You can be helped on the Sabbath day.  You can do good on the Sabbath day.   You can be saved on the Sabbath day!

Jesus called them  “hypocrites”     “You hypocrites!”   On the Sabbath day you will untie your donkey, your ox from the manger and lead it to get water.   You have more feelings for your donkey and ox than for this woman whom Satan has bound for 18 years.

She is a “daughter of Abraham”.  She’s not a Gentile, but Jewish.  She’s one of your own people.  Come on! What’s wrong with you people?    You are hypocrites.  You have more compassion for your animals than for one of your own helpless people.  Your animal is tied unable to get to the water.  But you see the need of unloosing your animals to find water.

This woman has been tied down, bound to Satan.  Your animals have been tied for a day.  She’s been tied down for 18 years.   She needs to come to the waters of salvation.  I have water. 

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”[13]

False teaching will burden you down. Man-made rules will keep you weighted down with endless list of works.  To please God you must do this and this and this.

What pleases God is the good work of Calvary!   We work not to please God, or to gain merits with God, or to increase our chances of entering the Kingdom of God.  We work a labor of love. We love Him because He first loved us.  All false religions teach a salvation by works.   Sabbath day is a day of rest. It’s for our benefit.  We were not made for the Sabbath, but the Sabbath was made for us.

Religious activities can weigh you down.  Don’t misunderstand,  I know there are things that must be done.  But let’s don’t become like Martha all worried and anxious about many things.  Let be more like Mary and sit at the feet of Jesus and hear His truth.  This is not an excuse to be lazy and do nothing.  We are to work out our salvation, but first we must allow Christ to work in us. 

I remember there was a time when Sunday was not much of a rest day. I’ve been preaching since the age of 19.

Early Sunday morning was last minute lesson preparation and sermon preparation time. Early days of preaching I would rush to my car and drive 40 miles to a radio station and preach for 30 minutes. Return quickly to get to church. There’s Sunday School at 10 – and I hope we never stop that….we need this…and I would encourage everyone to jump in at 10 for small group Bible study.   (as I describe this.. physically bend over like the woman in the passage…)

Then there’s Worship at 11---  then there’s a baby shower, or a wedding shower in the afternoon, and I might add for several years it was going to a singing at different churches on Sunday afternoon;  then there’s a deacon’s meeting at 4pm;  there’s there Discipleship Training class at 5pm;  Then there’s 6pm Evening Worship service;  then after worship--  choir practice;  then before the day ends…you rush over to the funeral home, or the hospital to check on so and so….

Then you finally get home…there’s a meal…or a drive-thru meal….then you try to wind down, but you can’t…cause Monday is coming….what will you wear?….what will you take for lunch?…no food…run to the store…get food….oops..that light bill…pay it’s due….Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!

Finally hit the pillow and praise the Lord for the Sunday Christian Sabbath… a day of rest…..Really? a day of rest,  no, it’s become a day of rush.

I’m not advocating doing away with some of these things, or never getting back to what we have stopped doing……..especially the discipleship training, or the worship and bible study……..but I’m just saying……where’s the rest?

Jesus came to straighten us out….. Not bend us over with more and more and more stuff.


4.  Rejoice in Christ together  v.17

When our religion is a burden…..then we need to get rid of it….and get the real thing…

What Jesus does in us…causes rejoicing.   We have struggles,  we have physical limitations, pain, suffering, heartaches,  but deep down there is a joy,  a rejoicing in our hearts because we have been set free from this kingdom of darkness,  and our eyes are on the kingdom of our Lord.

Listen to this from Peter.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.[14]


You can know true freedom that causes the heart to rejoice.  Come to Christ.  He alone can set you free from sin,  and give you a peace, and a joy that is not of this world.

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Pastor Chris Gowen



[1] Luke 4:31-37   Mark 1:21-45

[2] Luke 4:18-19

[3] Luke 12:1

[4] Matthew 11:28-30

[5] Acts 2:38-39

[6] Romans 10:13

[7] James 4:3

[8] Psalm 103:12

[9] John 8:36

[10] Romans 5:1

[11] 2Cor. 5:17

[12] Romans 6:4

[13] John 7:37-39

[14] 1Peter 1:3-8

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