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A Daily Devotion for Tuesday, December 5

Luke 13:10-16

On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 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. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.

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.”

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? 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?"

It is so helpful to have Jesus' input on this subject! He directly addresses (again) the subtleties of honoring the Sabbath. When we have God's love, service to others is not earthly work, it is honoring God. There are so many good things we could be doing on the Sabbath! We must rest from our earthly "busy-ness" but also be ready and willing to do God's work.

Holy Lord, help me to turn around my Sundays; may they be more in line with your will. Thank you for Jesus and His teaching, which guides my life. Amen

Becky, transforming

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