Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised and thanked God!
But the leader in charge of the synagogue was indignant that Jesus had healed her on the Sabbath day. "There are six days of the week for working," he said to the crowd. "Come on those days to be healed, not on the Sabbath."
But the Lord replied, "You hypocrite! You work on the Sabbath day! Don't you untie your ox or your donkey from their stalls on the Sabbath and lead them out for water? 16Wasn't it necessary for me, even on the Sabbath day, to free this dear woman a from the bondage in which Satan has held her for eighteen years?" 17
This shamed his enemies. And all the people rejoiced at the wonderful things he did.
Then Jesus said, "What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? 19It is like a tiny mustard seed planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds come and find shelter among its branches."20
He also asked, "What else is the Kingdom of God like? 21It is like yeast used by a woman making bread. Even though she used a large amount b of flour, the yeast permeated every part of the dough."22
Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he went, always pressing on toward Jerusalem.
Someone asked him, "Lord, will only a few be saved?" He replied,
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)