A couple of weeks ago, I went to a Sunday morning church service for the first time in decades. I can’t quite explain why I went, only that it felt right.
During the service, Luke 13 : 10-17 was read by one of my neighbours.
10 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.The Holy Bible – King James Version – Luke 13 : 10-17
11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.
15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
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?
17 And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.
I strongly believe that The Bible stories need to be interpreted to make sense. Further, I think interpretations are often highly personal. One person’s interpretation may not be meaningful to another.
The above Bible passage means a lot to me.
I am like the woman, who was physically bent over by her illness.
I have the disease of addiction, and I’m being healed (slowly) by attending a 12 Steps fellowship. The disease had bent me over, making me ashamed of myself.
When we get healed, we stand up straight, proud of ourselves. We begin to respect ourselves more. Stand up straight with your shoulders back is Rule 1 from Jordan Peterson’s book, 12 Rules for Life. I’ve been consciously improving my posture recently. The other day a woman told me I looked “fit” and “solid”. It made my day.
Perhaps my addiction started 18 years ago. Maybe its roots are even older than that.
To be honest, I struggle to get any relevant meaning from verses 14 to 17. I can’t (yet) see how they might relate to me. But I remain open-minded that they might make more sense in future.
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