BIBLICAL HEALING

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Mk 6:5-6   Now [Jesus] could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.  And He marveled because of their unbelief.  

I confess to lacking full faith for healing, while at the same time acknowledging that God does heal, our Father wants to heal, and the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is glorified when people are healed in His name (Ex 15:26); and those who are healed are especially blessed when they thank the Lord for what He did for them in His grace and mercy and power (Lk 17:15-19) 

We ourselves here in this congregation have seen the Spirit of God heal in answer to prayer, and we have also seen cases where sicknesses and wounds did not go away.  We have fasted and prayed for persons, and, despite mixed results, we do it unto God and praise His holy name.  

Throughout the Bible we are encouraged to approach God our Father for healing and health (Rom 8:32; Mt 7:7,11; Mk 11:24; Jn 16:24).  It is clear that believers do get sick, which is a consequence of still being in this body in this world where sin is.  But it is also clear that we are to make choices that promote healthy bodies and souls, and to also seek to be made well when we are sick in body, soul, or spirit.  Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, and we are to glorify God firstly by changing into the likeness of His Son, and also by caring for our bodies insofar as it is possible.  

God has not changed, and Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  God is good and generous towards mankind, and especially towards those who believe in the name of Jesus.  There are those within the Body of Christ who teach that healing is one of those gifts which stopped a long time ago, but the Lord and the Apostles do not teach that.  There are many testimonies around the world from those who have been healed in the name of Jesus.  The fact that not all are healed does not nullify the Word of God any more than the fact of Israel being still a very sinful nation does not nullify the promises of God to Jacob and his descendants.  

We want to look more closely at this subject, and we want to build faith, hope, and love in our lives to demonstrate that we are disciples of Jesus and that we are willing to obey Him in all things.  He is our life!  Sometimes God gives conditions we have to meet; other times He acts out of His sovereign goodness and grace even when we have not met those conditions.  Yet He still expects faith and obedience to Him and His Word.  There are times when God will do a miracle and heals someone instantly; at other times there is a process of progressive healing – a therapy; of ‘getting well’.  

Ja 5:14-16   Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save [heal] the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.  And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

THE OFFENSE OF CHRISTMAS – 23 Dec 2006

Ps 69: 5-9 (6-10 Heb)   O God, You know my foolishness, and my sins are not hidden from You.  Let not those who hope in You, O YHVH God of Hosts, be ashamed because of me; let not those who seek You be confounded because of me, O God ofIsrael.  Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; shame has covered my face.  I have become a stranger to my brothers, and an alien to my mother’s children (Mk 3:21; 6:3).  Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, and the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.   

Lk 2: 29-35   [Simeon] took [Yeshua] up in his arms and blessed God and said:  Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your peopleIsrael. . . .Behold, this One is destined for the fall and rising of many inIsrael, and for a sign which will be spoken against, . . .that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.   

–Jesus the Son bears the reproach of God His Father
   –we are to go outside the camp where Messiah is and bear His reproach 

–Great responsibility not to be a cause of stumbling for those seeking truth, for those seeking the true God, or of those whose hope is already in YHVH God of Hosts, the God of Israel
   –important to give our children proofs from the Bible concerning controversial issues, to enable them to stand against those who want to attack generally accepted truths handed down to believers 

–during recent trip to Richmond, I had a number of conversations regarding the truth of Messiah and of the Bible as the inspired Word of God
  –I was called a fundamentalist, as if that was unworthy, by another Christian
  –I was called an extremist, since religion is the cause of so much war and suffering in the world 

–I spoke with two revisionist historians.  They want to be taken seriously.  One of them is a professor.
  –he could not tolerate my belief in history being governed by God, the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth
  –think that religion is all man-made; that Jews are therefore merely a product of myth; that the God of the O.T. is either a myth, or the embodiment of evil
  –think mankind is on the threshold of making “heaven on earth” through knowledge and technology
    –don’t believe in God, but use a term – Heaven – that comes from Him

God will abase all pride because He – the great God – humbled Himself and was/is humiliated by the pride and foolishness of man.
  –God Almighty came in flesh and blood; born as a baby, in poverty, in weakness
    –What reproach did Mary and Joseph have to bear for being chosen for such a miracle and done in such a way that Miriam was thought to have been unfaithful to Joseph and to the holiness of YHVH?
    –What did the people of Bethlehem think when all the babies were killed by Herod because of hearing that the Messiah, the rightful King of Israel, had been born?
    –Will we stand up for our God and Savior when we are considered strangers and aliens to those we love and care about?

God does not do things to satisfy our own understanding or expectation, but rather for us to take note that He has intervened in the affairs of man for His own holy name’s sake.