A Healing God – Notes/Study Sheet

(Exodus 15:26)

 

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   * God created man from the dust of the earth (Gen. 1:27; 2:7). He can heal man if He so chooses (Ex. 15:26).

   * No implication that Israelites would never get sick. Death happens to all (Rom. 5:12; Heb. 9:27).

   * There’s a better place where sin doesn’t exist (Rev. 21-4; 22:1-5).

   * God’s promise to Israel was assurance of general well-being to those who seriously sought His will.

   * Godliness can help make longevity possible (Eph. 6:1-3).

  

1. Miraculous healing. Numerous cases in both Testaments.

   * Young  boy’s life restored (I Kings 17:17-24).

   * II Kings 4:8 –

   * Naaman (II Kings 5:1ff).

   * Jesus cured:

      - Blindness (Jn. 9:1ff)

 

      - Deafness (Mk. 7:31-37)

 

      - Hemorrhaging (Lk. 8:43-48)

 

      - Leprosy (Lk. 17:11-19)

 

      - Amputated ear (Lk. 22:49-51)

 

   * Healing in Acts: (2:43; 3:7; 5:1-5,12-16, etc).

   * Miraculous healing not being done in this age.  Nothing today happening like healings the Lord did in 1st Century.

   * Real miracles = instant results (Mk. 10:52; Acts 3:7). True miracles subject to senses (Jn. 2:9; Jn. 20:27; Lk. 22:51).

   * Supernatural healing done to confirm revelation (Mk. 16:20; Heb. 2:2-4) ended when N.T. finished (I Cor. 13:8-10).

  

2. Healing by natural design.

   * Human body has certain healing powers. (cuts, broken bones, surgery recovery, etc.)

   * Healing process very complicated. Not even modern medical science can fully explain.

   * 5 phases in healing process of a skin wound:

      - coagulation of blood

      - clotting

      - inflammation (redness & swelling)

      - collagen fibrils develop

      - scab formation

   * Later, a scar forms and healing continues beneath the surface.

 

3. Helping along the healing process.

   * Use doctors’ medical knowledge and medicines.

   * Medicines referenced several times in Bible (Pr. 3:8; 17:22; Isa. 1:5-6; 3:7; Jer. 30:13; 46:11; Ez. 47:12).

   * Luke was a physician (Col. 4:14).

 

 

Trust God and serve Him faithfully – no matter what.

 

 

                                                                                                                            R.W. McAlister  4/12/09 p.m.