Fear of Freedom?
Bible Text: Luke 13:10-17 | Speaker: Nelson Nyman |
Intro: Do you ever wonder why they make you power off your phone on the airplane during take off and landing?
Does it really interfere with the navigational system on the plane?
Even though this cannot be proved, the The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created the law to eliminate potential interference with cell phone towers on the ground.
Funnily enough, the FAA even had to advise aircraft crew members to turn off their cell phones during takeoff and landing, after an incident in early 2009. In that case, a first officer’s ringtone proved potentially distracting during takeoff — but as the crew pointed out, their General Operations Manual did not prohibit them from keeping their cell phones on.
10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 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. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
First: proof that both good and evil manifest (become seen) physically
1. The spiritual manifests itself physically
Haiti and DR pictures.
In this parable:
1. spiritual healing (spoken)
2. physical healing (laying on of hands)
It’s possible that the spiritual left unchecked would return her to the “bent over” condition eventually.
There is no better example than in alcoholism.
Resentment is the “number one” offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically.
~ AA Big Book
spirit – seen (root)
body – unseen (fruit)
Resentment (root) keeps people drinking (choice) which destroys them (fruit).
2. Body and spirit are not mutually exclusive
App: Put the spiritual first and everything else follows.
“Seek first his kingdom…”
Forgiveness brings the freedom to quit drinking.
14 Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”
15 The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water?
It seems like Jesus only healed on the Sabbath.
Was he picking a fight?
…or making a point.
The bent over woman was a picture of the people of Israel bent over under the bondage of the pharisaical law for many years.
The synagogue leader attacked the people, but Jesus defends them.
(The shepherd attacking the sheep)
Jesus called them hypocrites because they wanted the people (and Jesus) not to do something (being healed) they were doing (feeding their animals).
Let’s look at the Sabbath command: (KJV)
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Exodus 20:8-11 (KJV)
This came to Israel in the dessert after 400 years of slavery in Egypt.
God was setting them straight.
The commands of God (morality) are made FOR God’s people.
Then he said to them,
“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”
Does God make rules just to keep people from having fun?
…I am afraid that is the sort of idea that the word Morality raises in a good many people’s minds: something that interferes, something that stops you from having a good time. In reality, moral rules are directions for running the human machine. Every moral rule is there to prevent a breakdown, or a strain, or a friction, in the running of that machine. That is why these rules at first seem to be constantly interfering with our natural inclinations.
The Sabbath is for the people.
3. The law of God is meant to serve his people
…not people serving the law.
“To protect and serve” was the motto adopted by the Las Angeles police department in 1955. It has been adopted with some variation by many more departments across the country.
The basic philosophy behind it goes back to Sir Robert Peel in the early 1800’s who founded the first modern day style of metropolitan police department in London.
Are we still there?
God programed people to choose for themselves.
Motive: Are we still doing things for the right reasons?
Are following the law and doing good still the same thing?
Example: Two women were in a car wreck and one pulled the other from the car because she thought it might catch fire. Turns out the injured woman was paralyzed afterward. She is now suing her friend.
“I am really sad because I have always known how to help people and now I always second guess myself. You want to make sure you do the right thing, but you’re scared. The world turns us into robots that don’t care.”
Fear keeps people from doing the right thing.
16 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?”
The best day for freedom is the Sabbath.
4. Freedom is a sign of God’s presence
The Good Samaritan
Maybe those who passed by the injured man were afraid of taking a risk.
* Fear kept them from doing the right thing *
The good Samaritan was free to choose to take the risk.
Maybe he had nothing to loose, no reputation, etc.
A person who is truly free follows God’s law because he’s also free not to.
Choice carried responsibility.
17 When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.
Jesus had “opponents”.
Students are not above their master.
Obedience sometimes makes enemies.
5. Freedom comes with responsibility
A free person obeys God despite opposition
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Example: Ralph, a teacher, was told he could not share his faith anymore or he would be fired. This was in a school where they pray before meals. They said, “We just do that. We don’t actually believe it.”
Ralph could loose his job for sharing his faith with his students.
Ralph paid a price for breaking a rule.
Jesus was killed for doing good and speaking the truth.
Rejoice when you choose to pay a price for Jesus (freedom)