HEALING IN THE OLD COVENANT
Many people make assumptions about what God will do for them. Many rely on man’s traditions, human reason, or personal experiences, but God has revealed Himself by establishing a covenant with His people. When God established His covenant with Abram He revealed Himself as Almighty God (El Shaddai, God our Creator). When God established His covenant with a nation of oppressed Jewish slaves He revealed Himself as the Lord (Jehovah, God our Redeemer).
After Israel’s deliverance from Egypt, God established His Healing Covenant. The children ofIsraeldrank of the bitter waters of Marah and became sick. God told Moses to place a tree in the water to make the water clean. That is a beautiful picture of the cross of Jesus Christ bringing healing to our bitter experience of sickness and disease.
Israel’s redeemer promised healing, health and long life…
“If you listen carefully to the voice of the lord your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.”
“Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span”
No one in their right mind wants to be sick! We are created with a natural desire to be well. Our bodies were created with natural healing properties. God created us to be well! Sickness & death came as a result of the curse of man’s sin. God promised healing to His People.
HEALING IN THE NEW COVENANT
The Bible says that God has spoken in these last days through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus said in John 6:38, “I am come to do My Father’s will!”
Acts 10:38 sums up the ministry of Jesus, How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Jesus boldly declared both His and the Father’s will saying, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.
The Gospels records Jesus healing ministry, in Matthew 9:35, Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. Jesus made it perfectly clear when the leper asked Him about His will to heal. The scripture says, Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
Jesus not only took our sins to the cross but every sickness and disease according to Matthew 8:17, That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. Thank God that Jesus redeemed us from the curse of sickness and with His stripes we are healed!