Ought Not!

Journal entry: Thursday, August 3, 2006

As I sat down at my desk this morning, my bible was lying open to Luke chapter thirteen. As I read verse ten through seventeen of this chapter, verse sixteen seemed to jump right off the page at me. “Ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabath?”

There were six things in this one verse of scripture that thrilled my being.

One, “Ought not” In other words Jesus was asking the religious establishment, “Why not?”

Two, Jesus stated, “this woman,” thus identifying her as a person made in the image of God and to whom she belonged.

Three, this woman was a daughter of Abraham who had a covenant with God that included healing, wealth, protection, and soundness of mind.

Four, a spirit of infirmity under Satan who is a fallen angel and below the rank of God and man was responsible for her bondage. Satan was able to bind her and keep her bound for eighteen years because she was ignorant of her rights as a human being made in the image of God.

Five, He stated, be loosed (or set free) from this bond on the Sabbath Day.

And lastly, regardless of what religious tradition said, or what day of the week it was – Jesus said, she deserved to be free of her eighteen year bondage.

Christians need to take a good long look at this verse of scripture. In it they will see that Jesus was for all intents and purposes asking the religious establishment, “Why is this lady bound when she doesn’t have to be?” After all they were the people who were educated in God’s Law and should have known it was her right to be free of the spirit of infirmity that had her bound. Jesus was also pointing out to them they were not only withholding information from her that would have helped her, but they were actually guilty of helping Satan keep her bound by teaching their traditions instead of teaching the people the truth of the Abrahamic Covenant.

Christians have a right to be free from whatever has us bound because of who we are. Jesus died so that we might enjoy all the beneifts included in the New Covenant that we call the New Testament. If you read the New Testament, you will discover that the Christian has the right to be free of disease, poverty, and mental problems. And if your educated religious leaders of your church isn’t teaching this truth; you need to be as bold as Jesus and ask them, “why not?” As Jesus pointed out to the religious leader that day; they are withholding information from you that is pertinent to your well being. Jesus said it was this lady’s right to be free from the physical condition with which Satan had bound her; and once she understood this truth, it didn’t really matter what the religious establishment thought, or what they had to say about it. Once she heard and accepted this truth; she went home free, and they left in the same condition they came in. DThrash

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