Luke 13:16 "And 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?"
The Bible is progressive revelation. It is in the New Testament that we get full light, full truth, and full revelation. There, Jesus plainly taught that sickness is of the devil, not God.
In Luke 13, we see Jesus going into the synagogue on the Sabbath. A woman was there whose body was bowed together in a fixed position. She couldn't straighten up. She may have had arthritis. Jesus called her to Him, and said, "Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity!" Then Jesus laid hands on her, and immediately she stood straight. The ruler of the synagogue, like the leaders of some churches today, got angry about it!
Then, as recorded in our text, Jesus elaborated on the fact that Satan is the author of sickness. Jesus made three enlightening statements:
(1) The woman ought not to be bound, she ought to be free from this physical infirmity.
(2) It was Satan who had bound her, not God.
(3) The reason this woman ought to be loosed was because she was a daughter of Abraham.
Confession: Since Satan is the author of sickness, I ought to walk free from sickness. And Jesus has made the provision for me to do so. Divine health and wealth are my covenant rights.
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Pastor Larry Smoot is Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock in Stafford County, Virginia.