HEALING IN THE OLD COVENANT
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 but God has promised healing to His People!
When God established His covenant with Abraham He revealed Himself as Almighty God (El Shaddai, God our Creator). When God established His covenant with Abraham’s descendants, a nation of oppressed Jewish slaves, He revealed Himself as the Lord (Jehovah, God our Redeemer).
On Israel’s first Passover as they ate the Passover Lamb and celebrated their covenant with God they experienced healing for their bodies. Psalm 105:37 Says, “He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.”
When the children of Israel drank the bitter waters at 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.
The Lord, 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”
Jesus when ministering to a Gentile woman said in Mark 7:27, “Let the children first be filled. For it is not fitting to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” Jesus was saying to this woman that healing was a covenant provision for the Jewish people. So God’s promise of healing was established in the Old Covenant.
HEALING IN THE NEW COVENANT
The Bible says that God has spoken in these last days through His Son Jesus Christ. The Gospels record God’s will to forgive, heal and restore! 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 His will in Luke 4:18 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 Gospel 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 in Mark 1:41, “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!