Saturday, October 24, 2009

Luke 13:15 Freedom

 10And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
 11And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
 12And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
 13And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
 14And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.
 15The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
 16And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? (Luke 13:10-16, King James Version)

 5And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day? (Luke 14:5, King James Version)

These two passages are similar. I have quoted the whole story from Luke 13 to give the idea of both. There is much that could be said, but what I noticed were the animals. The ox was a clean animal; that is, it was acceptable for sacrifice. The donkey ("ass") was unclean; it was not acceptable for sacrifice. But they were both useful as working animals, and both needed regular care.

Jesus is making a point, or rather several points, in these healings and in His use of oxen and donkeys as examples. He shows that God will care for the Jew (ox/clean) and Gentile (donkey/unclean). He will set them free (loose them from their stalls/pull them from the pit). He will give them the Holy Spirit (water).

God will do this through His Son, Jesus, to all who believe.


  1. Get to know Luke better by listening to the following teachings of Chuck Missler, Bible Teacher :

  2. Thanks, Baruch
    I have not listened to Missler's teaching on Luke, but I have listened to many of his other teachings. I will look this one up.

  3. Exodus 13:13
    And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break his neck: and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem.

    matt. 21
    2Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.

    3And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.

    acts 10
    10And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,

    11And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:

    12Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

    13And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.

    14But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

    15And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

    oh and this was peter!!!

    after reading your great post dimple, i thought of these verses and you are so right that god will set both the jew and the gentile free..
    when i was a child and heard the story about the poor little lamb that had to die so that the ass would not have his neck broken, i felt bad for the lamb and yet if the lamb's blood HADN'T been shed then i would feel sorry for the donkey!
    the lord must have felt bad either way.
    we are gentiles and yet the lord gives us the chance to be free too and if the son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed!

    great post terry

  4. I have never looked at these passages quite from this point of view. Thank you for giving me food for thought.


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