Archive for March, 2014

Healing in II Samuel

Monday, 31 Mar 2014 Leave a comment

Part 11 of 67 in the series Healing in Every Book of the Bible. The entire teaching is available in PDF format on the Writings page.

Healing in II Samuel

We must all die; we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. And God does not take away life, but devises means so that he who is banished may not be an utter outcast from Him. (II Samuel 14:14)

One of the most prominent stories showing God’s heart for healing in II Samuel is in chapter 14.  The leader of King David’s military, Joab, has coerced a woman to trick David into seeing that he needed to reconcile with his son Absalom who had earlier killed another of David’s sons, Amnon.  In II Samuel 14:14, the Lord speaks through the woman to tell us that He does not seek to take away relationships, but works to restore them when broken.  God wants emotional healing to occur when separation occurs within a family or between friends.

Other healings in II Samuel include the healing of the nation from a plague in II Samuel 24:25.


Healing in I Samuel

Sunday, 30 Mar 2014 Leave a comment

Part 10 of 67 in the series Healing in Every Book of the Bible. The entire teaching is available in PDF format on the Writings page.

Healing in I Samuel

2And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children

11And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head

19And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the Lord, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the Lord remembered her.
20Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord.
(I Samuel 1:2, 11, 19-20)

In I Samuel, we see an instance of healing from barrenness in Samuel’s mother, Hannah.  This is an incredible miracle each time it occurs, and it is definitely a theme in scripture.  The Lord says that children are a heritage from Him; happy and blessed are those who have children (Psalm 127:3, 5).  It is not the Lord who wants a couple to be barren; it is one of the consequences of a fallen world. God demonstrates this multiple times in scripture by healing the barrenness of Sarah (wife of Abraham), Rebekah (wife of Isaac), Rachel (wife of Jacob), Manoah (mother of Samson), Hannah (mother of Samuel), the Shunammite woman in II Samuel 6, and Elizabeth (mother of John the Baptist).  Barrenness is by far the easiest affliction in which to see God’s heart for healing as demonstrated by these seven (the perfect number) women across both the Old and the New Testaments.

Healing in Ruth

Saturday, 29 Mar 2014 Leave a comment

Part 9 of 67 in the series Healing in Every Book of the Bible. The entire teaching is available in PDF format on the Writings page.

Healing in Ruth

And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. (Ruth 1:20)

14And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.
15And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.
(Ruth 4:14-15)

The book of Ruth contains a beautiful story of healing, but it may not be obvious to you at the outset.  At the beginning of the book of Ruth, amidst the great calamities in her life, Naomi is wounded in her heart (verse 1:20).  She is wounded to the point of believing that God had dealt all of this calamity to her.  (We must remember that it was their choice to intermarry with forbidden women and to leave Israel – it was not God dealing with them but their disobedience and perhaps natural occurrences that led to the situation Naomi found herself in.)  But, look at the work of the Lord in Naomi’s life by the end of the book (verses 4:14-15).  She has returned to Israel and been restored to her family’s land.  Her daughter-in-law Ruth has married her kinsman redeemer, and Naomi will have descendants in the name of her first son.  Her friends are illustrating this to her – the Lord provided you a kinsman; he will restore your life; you will be nourished in your old age; you have descendants again.  Oh, the healing that must have taken place in Naomi’s heart and soul as she absorbed all of these words!

Healing in Judges

Friday, 28 Mar 2014 Leave a comment

Part 8 of 67 in the series Healing in Every Book of the Bible. The entire teaching is available in PDF format on the Writings page.

Healing in Judges

23And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.
24Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovahshalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
(Judges 6:23-24)

Here we see another name of the Lord: the Lord is Peace.  Peace is necessary for health in your soul and body.  If you are not at peace, you will not be at rest, will suffer from fear, and your soul and body will suffer.  We see this truth in the New Testament when Jesus tells both the woman healed of the issue of blood and the sinful woman who washed His feet to “go in peace” (Luke 7:50).  Healing and forgiveness bring peace – healing for the soul.

Note also the healing of Manoah (the mother of Samson) from barrenness in Judges 13:2-3, 24.

Healing in Joshua

Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 Leave a comment

Part 7 of 67 in the series Healing in Every Book of the Bible. The entire teaching is available in PDF format on the Writings page.

Healing in Joshua

10And now, behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old.
11As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.
(Joshua 14:10-11)

At the age of 85, the Lord had kept Joshua alive and as strong as he was at the age of 40.  Divine healing is about more than getting well from sickness, it is also about walking in divine health to live a long life full of strength and vitality.  Joshua had the strength to conquer a mountainous region at the age of 85 (verse 12) because the Lord had kept him and strengthened him.  He wants to keep and sustain you, too.

Healing in Deuteronomy

Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 Leave a comment

Part 6 of 67 in the series Healing in Every Book of the Bible. The entire teaching is available in PDF format on the Writings page.

Healing in Deuteronomy

And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee. (Deuteronomy 7:15)

And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated. (Deuteronomy 34:7)

In Deuteronomy 7:15, the Lord told the Israelites that He wanted to take all sickness away from them.  Since God never changes (Malachi 3:6), doesn’t He feel this way about you?

In Deuteronomy 34:7, note that Moses did not die from sickness.  His eyesight was perfect and his vitality had not left him (HCSB).  We die when our spirit leaves our body (James 2:26).  We do not have to be sick to die.  Neither Moses nor his brother Aaron was sick when he died – he just went home.  “But,” you say, “that was Moses!  I am just nobody!” Well, Jesus told us that not only was John the Baptist the greatest of the Old Testament prophets, but even the least Christian in the Kingdom of God is greater than John the Baptist (Luke 7:28).  Therefore, if Moses did not have to be sick to die, then neither do you.

Deuteronomy 30:20 is another noted scripture about health: the Lord is your life and the length of your days.

Healing in Numbers

Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 Leave a comment

Part 5 of 67 in the series Healing in Every Book of the Bible. The entire teaching is available in PDF format on the Writings page.

Healing in Numbers

And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. (Numbers 21:8)

Jesus made explicit mention of this incident in John 3:14-15.  The brass serpent is a type or foreshadowing of Christ on the cross.  The brass serpent was made as an antidote to a plague of serpents sent because of the sin of the Israelites.  The effect of a person looking upon the brass serpent was forgiveness and life – physical healing from the bite of the serpent.  As a type of Christ, it foreshadows the minimum that we should expect in the sacrifice of Christ on the cross – forgiveness of our sin and physical healing.

The book of Numbers also records the healing of Miriam from leprosy (Numbers 12:1-15) and healing of Israel from plagues (Numbers 16:41-50 and 21:5-9).  In all of these instances, and in many others in the Old Testament, God did not want these people to be sick and suffer disease.  He was forced to respond to their disobedience based on His part of the covenant they had entered into with Him.  Always remember, our covenant is different.