BIBLICAL HEALING: FAMOUS EXCEPTIONS

Gal 4:13-15   [Brethren], you know that because of physical infirmity I preached the gospel to you at the first.  And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise or reject, but you received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus.  What then was the blessing you enjoyed?  For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me.  

We have spoken of some of the objections to the gift of divine healing today, and also of the basis for divine healing in the whole of the Bible upon the ground of Messiah’s suffering unto death on the cross on account of our sin and rebellion in order for believers to receive the blessings promised to our father Abraham by YHVH God.  

In general, we see God’s desire and power to heal through faith in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Yet. . .there are many examples – which to us seem inexplicable – when God does not heal.  It may be an issue of unconfessed sin and/or of unrepentance from known sin; or, as it may be that in God’s wisdom, our lack of healing may enable Him to be glorified in and through us more than if He had healed us – especially, I would say, physically.  We want to strengthen our faith in God with knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.   Continue reading “BIBLICAL HEALING: FAMOUS EXCEPTIONS”

BIBLICAL HEALING: THROUGH THE CROSS

Is 53:4-6   Surely He has borne our sicknesses and carried our pains; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  But He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities.  The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and YHVH has laid on Him the iniquity of all of us.  

v. 5  Pesha and avon signify to revolt or refuse subjection to rightful authority, and the perversion or distortion of nature caused by evil-doing.  

Pr 10:12b   Love covers all sins (pesha).             על כל פשעים תכסה אהבה.

2Sam 7:14   (Regarding the son of David):  I [YHVH] will be his Father, and he shall be My son.  If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the blows of the sons of men.  But My lovingkindness shall not depart from him. . . .  

1Pt 2:24; Mt 8:16-17   Having now returned to our good and great Shepherd and Keeper of our souls, the apostle Peter teaches us here of healing from God, quoting from Is. 53:4-6.  The apostle Matthew also records that this same passage refers to physical healing, and not only to spiritual healing or healing of the soul.  

There is something to be said here:  just as on the cross Jesus became a curse for us – taking it in His own body – and we receive by faith salvation and the righteousness of God, so, too, does it say that Jesus bore all our diseases and pains through His stripes – through His pain.  Before God in Christ, we are made righteous; before God in Christ, we are healed.  To live in the reality of this good news to the glory of God the Father and of His Son is the challenge of our walk of faith led by the Holy Spirit.  

God will normally work through others to bless the sick by healing them in Jesus’s name, but the basis for healing – both praying for and receiving – is not in the person through whom it comes, but rather in the sufferings of Jesus which He endured for our benefit 

In Dt. 28:61 God threatened all kinds of diseases against Israel under the curse of not keeping His Law.  In Gal 3:13-14 we read, “Messiah has redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’) that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”  

2Pt 1:1-11   We have been given the blessing of Abraham, great and precious promises pertaining to life and godliness. 

Therefore, because of this, God expects us to live lives of thanksgiving, worthy of such love that we should be called sons of God.

BIBLICAL HEALING

(inspired by www.christian-faith.com )

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.   Continue reading “BIBLICAL HEALING”

ISSUE OF THE HEART: COVETOUSNESS

Dt 5:21[18 Heb]; Ex 20:17 [14 Heb]  Thou shalt not covet anything that is someone else’s
Col 3:5; 1Tim 6:6-10   covetousness is idolatry; with godliness, be content with what you have
Mt 19:16-23   covetousness and the deceitfulness of riches makes it hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven
1Cor 12:31   covet earnestly the greater gifts  

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Why would we want to be rich after hearing Jesus tell us that it is hard for the rich to enter the Kingdom?

We’ve been speaking about “k’ilu”, “as IF”, between true and false obedience to the Word and Spirit of God.  We have seen that it is an issue of the heart, of the inner man.  Outwardly, all may seem okay, but inwardly, there is unbelief, insincerity, hypocrisy, self-righteousness, all manner of evil thoughts and intentions.   Continue reading “ISSUE OF THE HEART: COVETOUSNESS”

THE RESURRECTION OF THE JUST

(Revised July 22, 2019)

1Thes 1:2-10   We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of God our Fatherknowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.  Evidenced by their change of worldview and lifestyle; their endurance through suffering for the sake of faith in Jesus, with joy of the Holy Spirit; and their hopeful expectation of the return of the Lord to deliver them from the wrath of God to come.  

Heb 6:1-2   Therefore leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Messiah, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God; of the doctrine of baptisms; of laying on of hands; of resurrection of the dead; and of eternal judgment.
      –from being mere ‘children’ to becoming ‘sons’
      —Dan 12:2   And many of those who sleep in the dust shall awakesome to everlasting life; some to shame and everlasting contempt
      —1Cor 15:13-19; Jn 11:23-24   without the resurrection, our faith, teaching, and lives are vain, futile   Continue reading “THE RESURRECTION OF THE JUST”

PURIM: SOME LESSONS FOR US

The Scroll of Esther is read in the synagogues every year for Purim.  This holiday is still being observed:  it still has relevance for us today, even for Gentile believers in Jesus.  Haman presents us with a type of the antichrist in his spirit, and a descendant of Agag, of Amalek, of Esau, the hostile twin brother of Jacob.

Today I want to look at just a couple of events in the book for us as believers to consider: Continue reading “PURIM: SOME LESSONS FOR US”

THE INCENSE OF PRAYERS – Feb 2006

(Written for IsraelPrayer.com .  Slightly edited here.)

Replacement Theology began a long time ago, when first Jews and then Christians went to the left or to the right of the Spirit of Truth of God the Father’s Word.  We replaced the commandments and promises of God with traditions of men and hope in this world, which opposes the Kingdom of YHVH God and of His Anointed One.  The Messiah and Son of God Himself has taught us to pray firstly for the sanctification of our Heavenly Father’s name, and that HIS will be done…on Earth, as it is in Heaven.  As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ (I’m writing English, and this name honors Him), we are commanded by Him to seek first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness.  (If I may turn aside for a moment after what I’ve just written:  if born-again belieiving Christians get involved with all kinds of very unprofitable nonsense over the name of our Lord and Savior, we can certainly not expect much favor from God.  In this we show ourselves to be like the Jewish people who, too, have made a mockery of The Name of the God who chose us!  All in the interest of sanctity and reverence!) Continue reading “THE INCENSE OF PRAYERS – Feb 2006”

PHINEAS, AND GOD’S COVENANT OF PEACE

YHVH God makes and keeps covenants.  He is righteous and faithful to keep them all until they be completely fulfilled.  This makes them everlasting:  until He fulfills them, no matter how long it takes; and, until the end of history.  It is the New Covenant – a better covenant – which not only finds fulfillment in time – through the coming Millenial Kingdom of Messiah – but, even more so, seals the promise of eternity, when time is no more, and will be the foundation of the new heavens and new Earth which God will create for all those who love the Father and His Son.

One of the most interesting covenants which YHVH has made is often overlooked.  He made it while Israel was still in the desert before they entered the promised land of Canaan, around 1400 BC.  This covenant preceded the Davidic covenant by several hundred years, yet is just as significant regarding the Levitical priesthood as David’s is pertaining to the throne. (Jer 33:19-22) Continue reading “PHINEAS, AND GOD’S COVENANT OF PEACE”

JESUS CHRIST IS COME

(Our celebratory service this Shabbat was interrupted by a mob of unruly ultra-orthodox religious Jewish people.)

There was much messianic expectation around the time of Yeshua’s birth (Dan 9:24-26).  Hanukka itself is a holiday commemorating a messianic hope which gives Israel and the Jewish people freedom from their enemies in order to worship YHVH God in an acceptable way in our own land.  Simeon and Anna were waiting in hope for the Redeemer and Savior of the children of Israel and of Jerusalem, the City of the Great King.  False Messiahs also arose about that time (Acts 5:35-39); today also there is Messianic expectation – Moshiach Now! – amongst many Jews and also Muslims and other religious and spiritist groups.   Continue reading “JESUS CHRIST IS COME”

LIVING BREAD OF REDEMPTIVE PROGRESS

The distinctiveness of Israel, even of its 12 tribes  — 12 loaves of the showbread [Bread of the Faces/Presence] (Ex 25:30; Lev 24:5-9) —amongst the nations remains valid all the way through to the end of the coming millennial kingdom.  The last nine chapters of Ezekiel make this abundantly clear, as does chapter 7 of Revelation (not to mention the names of the gates of the New Jerusalem being the names of the 12 tribes of the children of Israel).  God knows how to keep track of this somehow (reverently speaking, of course!).  Only priests could enter inside the Holy Place:  the priests were in Israel but not of Israel.  The showbread presented the face(s) of all God’s people represented in the whole House of Israel, the twelve tribes, and only the priests partook of the leavened loaves of the bread of God (Lev 21:6), as they represented all the Children of Israel to God, and were God’s mediators to the people.  God looked upon His people through the lens of the ultimate sacrifice by fire of His Son for them to dwell forever in His presence. Continue reading “LIVING BREAD OF REDEMPTIVE PROGRESS”