11And there was a woman there who for eighteen years had had an [f]infirmity caused by a spirit ([g]a demon of sickness). She was [h]bent completely forward and utterly unable to straighten herself up or to [i]look upward.
14But the [k]leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the crowd, There are six days on which work ought to be done; so come on those days and be cured, and not on the Sabbath day.(A)
15But the Lord replied to him, saying, You playactors (hypocrites)! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or his donkey from the stall and lead it out to water it?
17Even as He said this, all His opponents were put to shame, and all the people were rejoicing over all the glorious things that were being done by Him.
Sorry it has taken me soooooo long since my last post. Right now I’m in school and well you know priorites. Anyway the last time I posted, I was ministering out the above text. My focus is on our heroine who has been bound for eighteen years. I remember comparing her to many in the Church (remember my sentiments about the so-called “Black Church” ) who desired to marry and feel as though they are being “kept single” by an oppressive church environment.
Now, I remember stating that not all churches are unhealthy BUT also that not all churches are healthy either. Unfortunately because many pastors are sick, so are many churches. Sometimes a leader can have an unhealthy attachment to his female members (picture Lot and his daughters) to the point where he can’t bear to think of her with any other man. It’s sad but true. And unless this “soul tie” is broken, he’ll continue to protest every time she wants to get married forcing her to leave home. It’s incestuous, sick, and perverted and needs to be addressed. It shouldn’t take the threat of embarrassment to make people address the skeletons in their closet, but, then again some people need that ( you know that whole business about a hard head and a soft behind???) in order to see themselves for who they really are. Otherwise they’ll just continue to keep wounding innocent people.
Someone once quoted Bishop T.D. Jakes as saying , in a men’s conference, that men have issues that cause them to bleed (Mat 9:20-22; Mar 5:25-34; Luk 8:43-47). I have no doubt that hurting people hurt people and are in need of the kind of healing that only a relationship can bring , however sooner or later the woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus’ garment and got healed. So that is my charge to those male ministers who are praying on their female members. It’s time to touch his garment and be made whole. No more excuses. Just as Jesus moved on to the dead girl he was on his way to raise anyway (He got interrupted, but not intercepted), the church needs to move on to raising up those that are spiritually dead. No more being interrupted by wounded healers. Sexual harrasment, rape, molestation, inordinate affections and other sexual sins, are a spiritual issue that need to addressed before things get out hand and more people are damaged. Damaged pastors pass on a damaged legacy of hurt and mistrust. Our job as the church is to raise the dead not create more graves. If a pastor can’t be trusted around the women in his flock, he needs to step down and get help. You are of no use to the Body of Christ bleeding. God has the ability to restore, but you must first admit it and quit it. Next post I’ll touch on this further and address another troubling trend I’m seeing . Until next time, remember that lies bring bondage only Truth makes free and Truth=Jesus Christ . Anything else is a lie.
- The Single Black Woman Conundrum Pt. 4b :What Happened to Black Women being Loosed??? (anjanettespeak66.wordpress.com)
- The Single Black Woman Conundrum Pt. 4 : What happened to Women being Loosed??? (anjanettespeak66.wordpress.com)
- People of Faith Series “The Woman and The Spirit of Infirmity” (dthrasher.wordpress.com)
- The First Day of the Week: Christian Sabbath Part III (johnestorge.com)
- Which Day is The Christian Sabbath (wiki.answers.com)
- The Seventh Day Sabbath (brakelite.wordpress.com)
- The Christian Sabbath: A New* View Part II (johnestorge.com)
- The Single Black Woman Conundrum pt.1 (anjanettespeak66.wordpress.com)
- Re: Tithes are required in the Christian era: Benedict Hart got it all wrong (vanguardngr.com)
- The Abomination of Desolation (antithesisrising.wordpress.com)