He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. Luke 9:11
Various characters in the Bible can teach us things about healing in God's kingdom and how we should take the lessons to heart for a time when we will need them.
Starting appropriately, with Abraham. Not a healing from a sickness as such, but God overriding the normal rules of nature; specifically the ageing process.
Abraham – trusted God to do what was medically impossible for him and Sarah.
By faith Abraham, even though he was past age--and Sarah herself was barren--was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise.
Job – Iyov (Hebrew name means persecuted or oppressed) - Teaches us that it is not God who sends sickness on us but the adversary. (ha satan in Hebrew) However, God allowed Satan limited permission to afflict Job.
Asa - the righteous king who consulted the physicians when he became sick but did not consult God. And he died, not because God didn't love him but because he didn't trust God and seek His help..
2 Chronicles 16:12
Naaman (a Gentile) had to humbly accept the advice of a Hebrew slave girl and then humbly follow the instructions of the Hebrew prophet to immerse himself in the Jordan. (Not grand actions for an important man) Naaman was not a man of faith, as far as we can tell, but he became one after his healing.
2 Kings 5
Peter – found he could walk on water as long as he kept his eyes (trust) focussed on Jesus/Yeshua. (He did not stop to put on a life-jacket or an emergency line - neither should we)
Later proved that disciples have the authority (in the name of Jesus/Yeshua) to command healing.
He later quoted Isaiah 53 as having been fulfilled - “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”
Centurion – who understood authority and recognised what Jesus/Yeshua could do with his authority. Also, he understood delegated authority.
Lepers (10) – set off before being healed but received their healing on the way. Setting off was their act of faith – they would not have been healed if they had not done as Jesus said, and set off.
Lazarus – died before Jesus/Yeshua got to him to heal him, but this proved Jesus can do the impossible. Jesus/Yeshua delayed and only arrived after Lazarus had been dead for three days. The belief in first century Israel was that the spirit hovered around for three days and might return to the body. After this it was impossible. (this is why it was important that Jesus/Yeshua was in the tomb for three days and three nights) Is your case impossible enough for God?
Woman who had suffered a haemorrhage for years – trusted in the power of Jesus/Yeshua to heal, thought of a way to appropriate that power and went for it. Previously, she had been like King Asa; above.
Father of demon possessed boy - came to Jesus/Yeshua in his limited trust/faith and asked for it to be increased. Jesus did not reject him for his limited faith.
Cananite woman – demonstrated her faith by persevering in arguing that Jesus/Yeshua should heal her demon possessed son
Cripple by the Beautiful Gate – possibly the first man healed “in the name of Jesus/Yeshua” by the disciples.
His healing reinforced the gospel message to all in Jerusalem because it became widely known. See Importance of Healing.
The cripple in Lystra – didn't even say anything but Paul, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, "Stand up on your feet!" - and he did. He responded to the opportunity in faith.
Who did not get healed?
Jesus said to them, "Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor." He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their lack of faith. ( Mark 6 v4-6 )
It is only lack of faith that prevents people being healed. But how can they have faith/trust for healing if they have never heard that they should, and that healing is on offer along with salvation?
What is the significance of these case studies? See Importance of Healing
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