At that time, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And there was a woman who had had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your infirmity.” And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed and not on the Sabbath day.” Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrite! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger, and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” As Jesus said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.
1. Where is Jesus in this gospel?
2. What is a synagogue? What do people do there?
3. What is Jesus doing in the synagogue?
4. Why does He stop teaching? What does He do?
5. If work wasn’t supposed to be done on the Sabbath why did people take their animals to get water on that day?
6. How is Jesus healing the woman similar to the people caring for their animals?
7. Healing comes from God. Has God ever granted you healing? Do you praise God like the woman in this story?