I would like to propose a third glance. Note that the animals referred to in verse 15 fit within a certain category of animals. The ox and the donkey are specifically animals used for labor. They are used in carrying loads on their backs. This woman is compared to the animals. What is her ailment? She is “bent over”. It is her back that has been affected. There is a viable connection that her condition is related to labor. What kind of labor would affect her in such a way? Using the text, it is clear that it would be load bearing type of work. The unnamed woman represents a group. What kind of group would this represent? A group of women who have been placed into oppressive labor conditions such to the point that they are bent over and not able to stand up straight. A class of wome...
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...eligious authorities believed that God’s kingdom would be ushered in through a committed adherence to the many laws that were given and created. Jesus understanding of God’s laws and character challenged their understanding. The issue of Sabbath was a source of debate and contention not limited to Luke 13:10-17. There are several occurrences in Luke and many in the rest of the gospels. In these events Jesus wanted to make sure they understood what God intended to communicate through Sabbath. He interpreted what they misunderstood. Jesus helped their understanding, bringing illumination and life. He does the same for us. He validated alleviating the burdens of people in oppressive labor situations, and how religious observance that supports this activity reflects Gods care for humans and promotes God’s plan to give people rest, thus teaching us to do the same.
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