Divine healing in the Bible – Part 22
Churches will have people like Mary persevering in loving devotion to the Lord; Martha faithful in good deeds, and Lazarus suffering and dying. Families like this may cry out: “How long will thou forget me, O Lord? Forever?” (Ps 13:1). Jesus said that His delay is not for lack of love, mercy or compassion, but for the glory of God (v4) and His kingdom and for the ultimate eternal good of the sufferers (vv. 15, 23-26, 40-44). Our confidence must not rest or depend upon what God is presently doing but upon who He is.
• The Relevance Of Oil And Healing
“…and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them.” (Mark 6:13)
Anointing the sick with oil for healing is mentioned here and in Jas 5:14. The oil likely represents a tangible token of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit (see Zech 4:3-6) and a point of contact to encourage faith (see Ex 30:23-25)
• Gradual Healing
Read Mark 8:22-26: “Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly,” (Mark 8:25). “He was restored.” This healing in Bethsaida is the only instance of a gradual cure by Jesus. It teaches that not every healing has to be instantaneous, for in some cases the victory of divine power over sickness will be gradual
God’s Desire To Give Healing
“And said, “if you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord, who heals you,” (Ex 15:26).
“I am the Lord who heals you.” If the Israelites earnestly listened to and obeyed God, He would permit none of the diseases or plagues He brought on the Egyptians to afflict them. This promise shows that God desires to heal His people rather than to inflict illness and disease on them (see also 23:25; Deut 7:15; Ps 103:3; 107:20; Ezek 18:23, 32; 33:11).
God’s Promise Of Healing Under The New Covenant
God promised that if the people obeyed him they will be free from the diseases that plagued the Egyptians. Little did they know that many of the moral laws he later gave them were designed to keep them free from sickness. For example, following God’s law against prostitution would keep them free of venereal diseases. God’s laws for us are often designed to keep us away from harm. Men and women are complex beings. Our physical, emotional, and spiritual lives are intertwined. Modern medicine is now acknowledging what these laws assumed. If we want God to care for us, we need to submit to his directions for living.
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