Divine healing in the Bible – Part 5
Treatment Of Some Diseases In The Bible (Cont)
Read the story of the good Samaritan in Luke 10: 25-37
“And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34: So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine,” (Luke 10:33-34).
Jesus And The Treatment Of Disease
One of the major ministries of Jesus was the healing of ill persons. They flocked to Him in large numbers, often after having tried all the remedies available to them. They were desperate for help. Jesus did not believe that all illness was the direct result of sin (John 9:1-3). He had the power, however, both to forgive sin and to heal (Matt 9:1-8; cp. Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26).
Ordinarily, He did not use any kind of secondary means to treat the afflicted, although on several occasions He used spittle (Mark 7:32-35; 8:22-25; John 9:6-7). Some of the illnesses treated by Jesus probably had a psychosomatic basis; but many others undoubtedly had organic causes, including birth defects, accidental injuries, and infections. Regardless of the cause of their distress, people found that Jesus could truly help. There can be no doubt that the ability of Jesus to perform miracles is seen most vividly in His healing ministry. The blind, the deaf, the lame, and sufferers of all varieties found in Him the help that was often not available through regular medical channels.
Description Of Spiritual Fitness
If you think your life is miserable, read Psalm 88. The psalmist writes, “For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to the grave” (v.3).
His sadness comes through with: “You have laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the depths,” (v.6). This psalm is about as depressing as it gets.
He cried out to God: “I am shut up, and I cannot get out; My eye waste away because of affliction” (v. 8, 9).
Despite his hopeless situation, he began the psalm with “O Lord, God of my salvation” (v.1). There was his hope — in the Lord God. And in that hope he found strength.
The Power Of Hope
Hope for believers is not an illusion. Hope for believers is the assurance we have that good things are going to happen to us based on the promises of God’s word. We do not hope God answers prayers — we know God answers prayers. Elijah prayed for life to return to the widow’s dead son (1 King 17:21) and the son lived. Joshua prayed and the sun stood still (Josh 10:12). Jesus prayed and disease disappeared and demons trembled (Matt 8:16,17). Prayer brings results.
Healthy Minds And Hearts
The Apostle John prayed for both physical and spiritual health. “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers,” (3 John 2).
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