Impotent Church; Impotent spiritual Leadership 2
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 ruler 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 his 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?" When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing. Luke 13:10-17NIV
Jesus Himself established with firmness that the woman was a daughter of Abraham. This was not because He knew her before then, but it was the witness of the Holy Spirit through word of knowledge. He also pointed out that the problem started in spite of her faithfulness to her congregation; she was obviously more than 18years, which means that the problem started while she was member of the congregation. He further pointed out that the hypocritical leaders valued their cattle and donkeys more than the woman created in God’s image. The woman being in bondage was not as important as the animals. So, they may violate the Sabbath rest law to take care of animals, but the woman and all in her condition may continue to suffer so that Sabbath laws are not broken.
Lord as you did not hold your peace in that day, silence all who claim to be shepherds but have no true value for their flock. Lord, please, do not only rebuke them, but also sack them. Yes, because they have assumed more power than the chief shepherd. They no longer tremble at your word but have turned their congregation into personal assets. Disgrace them oh, Lord and then teach them that they would not be there if you did not appoint them. In Jesus Name! Lord, I pray that your true children will no longer suffer under such leadership even as the next REVIVAL approaches, in Jesus Mighty Name!