What does the BIBLE say about healing?
“But HE was PIERCED for our transgressions, He was crushed for OUR INIQUITIES; the PUNISHMENT that brought us PEACE was upon Him, and BY HIS WOUNDS we are HEALED” – Isaiah 53:5
“Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits – who forgives all your sins and HEALS all your DISEASES
On the night of the PASSOVER, God healed all the Israelites. Psalm 105 said there was NOT a FEEBLE ONE in their midst.
There is HEALING in the ATONEMENT. God’s promise of healing must be appropriated by each of us. HEALING is INDIVIDUALIZED as atonement is for SINS.
JESUS, GOD “ENTED” in HUMAN FLESH, WENT ABOUT REVEALING GOD’s NATURE:
The Gospel of John tells us, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”
In the original Greek, it might be better translated as, “God pitched his tent among us.”
God decided to come among us, and God pitched his tent, made his home, and dwelt among us. God decided to live among us. To cast his lot with us.
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth. – John 1:14
JESUS, GOD HIMSELF “ENTED” (“tabernacled”) in HUMAN FLESH), WENT ABOUT REVEALING GOD’s NATURE:
HEALING … FORGIVENESS
“When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, asking for help. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.’ JESUS said to him, ‘I will go and HEAL him’
The centurion replied, ‘Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just SAY the WORD, and my servant will be HEALED'” – Matthew 8:5-8
“The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness.” Psalm 41:3
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
God’s original creation, the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, did NOT include SICKNESS or DEATH
“God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.” (Genesis 1:1)
It was not until after they disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit that fear, shame, sickness and death were experienced
GOD DECIDES who will be HEALED
while still living in our earth suit, and who will be HEALED by passing through to ETERNAL LIFE
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
1. Healing comes from God
No Scripture condemns the legitimate use of doctors or medical science, but one of the names of God is JEHOVAH-RAPHA meaning “the Lord who HEALS”
The Father has the power to HEAL the whole person.
- Spiritually (Psalm 103:2-3; Jeremiah 3:22; 1 Peter 2:24; Isaiah 53:5)
- Physically (2 Kings 5:10; Isaiah 38:15-16; Psalm 41:3; Psalm 107:19-20; Matthew 14:14)
- Emotionally (Psalm 34:18)
- Mentally (Daniel 4:34)
Healing also comes through the agency of the Holy Spirit working through believers’ spiritual gifts (Acts 3:1-13a).
Jesus healed “every disease and sickness among the people” in Galilee (Matthew 4:23), Judea (Matthew 19:1-2), and everywhere He went (Mark 6:56) to authenticate His Messiahship (John 7:31) and give Israel a taste of the kingdom (Luke
2. The gift of healing is biblical
God knows best and He distributes the GIFT of HEALING according to HIS WILL (Hebrews 2:4).
Besides honoring God and glorifying Jesus, healing is also for the common good of the Church (1 Corinthians 12:7).
Jesus healed while proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom (Matthew 4:23) and gave His disciples and others POWER and authority to HEAL DISEASES as they also proclaimed the KINGDOM of GOD (Luke 9:1-2; 10:1-9).
distinguish between physical and spiritual healing.
3. God may say ‘no’
In the Old Testament, when Moses cried out to God to heal Miriam’s leprosy, the Lord did not heal her immediately (Numbers 12:1-15).
Ahaziah was refused healing because he consulted with a pagan deity (2 Kings 1:1-17a).
In the New Testament, Paul left Trophimus sick in Miletus (2 Timothy 4:20b), had to deal with his own continuing affliction (2 Corinthians 12:7-9), and counseled Timothy to “drink a little wine” to help with ongoing ailments (1 Timothy 5:23)
as a loving Father, He may say “no” to healing and instead use afflictions directly to sanctify us.
8. Both healing and suffering can serve a higher purpose.
God may use physical suffering for a higher purpose than we understand (Isaiah 55:8-9). God sometimes heals to bring glory to Himself and encourage others to put their faith in the Savior. We see this with the death of Lazarus and Jesus raising him back to life (John 11:1-45).
Other times, healing does not come. But even with impending death, there can be a higher purpose. A dying believer can point the living toward the Father and His message of hope in Christ.
9. Ultimate healing awaits in heaven.
Believers can hate sickness and disease – just as God does – while longing for that day when they’ll be safe in heaven from the ravages of PAIN and all DISEASE
Judaism’s relation to the themes of HEALING and CURING, and to SICKNESS and HEALTH, may be found throughout BIBLICAL SOURCES and in later textual and folk interpretations of those sources.
Ancient ISRAEL’s COVENANTAL relationship affirmed GOD ALONE as HEALER, source of both health and illness, and restorer of BODY and SPIRIT
GOD’s HEALING, moreover, was linked to individual and communal FORGIVENESS, RESTORATION, RENEWAL, REWARD, and deliverance from destruction.
Healing in the Bible
The root word r-p-‘, the basis of the Hebrew word for HEALING and healer, was closely related BOTH to SPIRITUAL and PHYSICAL REDEMPTION and to WHOLENESS
In Genesis, God heard the plea of Abraham and healed Abimelech;
God promised to keep ISRAEL HEALTHY IF she KEPT the commandments … COVENANT
and in the SONG of MOSES, GOD states: “I deal DEATH and GIVE LIFE; I wounded and I will HEAL: None can deliver from My hand” (Deut. 32:39)
Similar statements appear THROUGHOUT the HEBREW BIBLE ….
The prophetic voices in HOSEA, ISAIAH and JEREMIAH emphasized the HEALING aspects inherent in TURNING BACK to GOD …. (“repentance”0
Ezekiel and Zechariah described GOD as CARETAKER of the SICK, the WEAK and the LOST …
while rebuking Israel for not aiding God with such efforts on behalf of the needy….
ELIJAH, ELISHA, and ISAIAH invoked GOD’s healing powers through SIGNS, FASTING, PRAYER, and various HEALING remedies….