In Luke 13:11-13, Christ referred to a woman as “daughter of Abraham”. I have been wondering why He did not call her by name for Christ knows all things. He could have identified her by her issue (bent over woman)? Why did He make reference to Father Abraham? Could it be that there is an underlying message here? This woman had been bent over for 18 years!
In my culture, when people call you in reference to your parents, i.e. are you not a daughter of Mr X or Dr Y, or Pastor Z, depending on the context, it means that individual has demonstrated a behaviour that doesn’t quite conform to the identity of her parents or perhaps she condoned herself according to the attributes of that family. Most often than not, the former is the case.
Let us check out Father Abraham’s profile. He is the father of faith and the blessing. God separated him from of his brethren to establish a new covenant with God (Gen 17). He was blessed with the promised land and this promise was passed on from his son, Issac to grandson, Jacob/Israel and Joseph and on and on. Whilst these generations sojourned to the promised land, God itemised the blessings in Deut 28:1-14. One of these blessings was divine healing and health.
What is the connection between this woman and Abraham? She was a Jew/Israelite therefore descendent of Abraham. Consequently, healing and divine health were her entitlements. She was meant to stand straight and walk uprightly but she had been bent over for 18 years- such a long time and she probably just got used to it. Also, the encounter between her and Christ took place in a place where Christ was teaching; showing she had a heart for God but did she call out to him for healing?
How does the above relate to you and I in Christ? Gal 3:7, 9, 13, 14, “…those who are of faith are the seeds of Abraham”. “So they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham”. “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law being made a curse for us…”. “That the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles through Jesus Christ that we might receive of the Spirit through faith”.
Are you in Christ? Have you confessed Him as Lord and Saviour? Are you serving Him wholeheartedly? But are you bent over in any area of your life? You ought not be bent over. Stand up and take your entitlement. Confess and believe your divine healing and health. Thank God for it. For His leading.
Note:Study Gen 17, Deut 28 and Galatians.