Jesus and the Bent Over Woman

But the Lord answered him and said, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?"Luke 13:15-16

In this Jesus story we see Jesus healing a woman on the Sabbath. One of the interesting things about the passage is that we see Jesus involved in passionate debate with his peers about one of the most critical questions confronting the Judaism of the time: What is, and is not, allowable work to do on the Sabbath? This was a discussion which was ongoing in the centuries around Jesus' ministry, and, I understand, is still ongoing.

It makes me think about how Christian belief works. One way is known as the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, where Scripture, Reason, Tradition, and Experience all have a role. We are going to spend a little time diving into that idea, preparatory for our Season of God.

Tuesday 16/8/22 from 7pm for byo dinner at Chalice Northcote UCA

Picture: Leuthold, Julie. Tree of Hope, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=59063 [retrieved August 12, 2022]. Original source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/julieleuthold/7521645058 - Julie.

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