What do the scriptures say about sickness and healing? A lot of people are confused about healing, is it for today, does God want me healed, did healing pass away with the apostles?
If you look back at the book of Genesis you will see that everything that God created he saw that it was very good. God did not create sickness or disease, they were a by-product of the fall of Adam.
They were not in the plan of God for man so where do they come from?
Look at Job ch 1 when Job was in God’s hands everything he had was blessed, he was prosperous, he had his family and friends around him, but when the devil got hold of him he lost everything, his cattle, sheep, family, friends and then his health.
Job 2v7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
Look at what happened when God intervened.
Job 42v10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. God called Job’s afflictions captivity, they weren’t a blessing from God Job was held captive by his afflictions and by the enemy. Look at people who have cancer, they are held captive to that disease; the people who have aids are held captive by that disease. God is not for captivity; it says that he turned the captivity of Job.
Luke 13v11-12 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
It doesn’t matter to God how long you have been in captivity he will release you. Jesus seen her, God sees. It was not his will for her to be in this condition, he said it was a spirit of infirmity. Jesus said she ought to be loosed. Actually Jesus said she ought to be loosed because she was a daughter of Abraham not because she was standing in front of Jesus the healer, she was healed because she had a covenant. Look at what Peter under the anointing called sickness.
Acts 10v38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
He called it being oppressed by the devil; if sickness was a blessing from God then Jesus spent his entire ministry fighting the move of God. It says Jesus went about doing good, healing is good. It says Jesus healed all who were oppressed by the devil.
Matt 4v23-25 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from beyond Jordan.
Jesus healed all manner of sickness and disease and great multitudes followed him, no wonder they followed him.
Jesus only did what he seen the father do.
John 5v19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, verily, verily, I say unto you, the son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the son likewise.
Where did Jesus see the father heal, not in heaven because there was no sickness there?
Exod 15:23v26 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people murmured against Moses, saying, what shall we drink? And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord showed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute (law) and an ordinance (judgement), and there he proved them, and said, if thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.
God’s first revelation of himself after he brought them out was as the healer I am Jehovah rapha, rapha, repair thoroughly, make whole
Jehovah is God’s eternal name, I am that I am, everything that you attach to the eternal name God is eternally or God is the eternal healer.
God was showing them what they had come out of, the life they lived under the rule of the enemy was only bitterness, sickness, disease, poverty, slavery, with nothing to look forward to. God brought them out of slavery in Egypt and showed them that it was only bitterness, but he had something greater for them.
Ps 105v37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold, and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
God treated everyone the same, all prosperous, all healed, all set free and he revealed himself as God the eternal healer, not the eternal sickness giver. That tree was a type of the cross or the finished work of Calvary and when it was cast into the bitterness the bitterness became sweet. Sickness and disease aren’t sweet, poverty isn’t sweet they are bitter. They aren’t of God, God wants to reveal himself to us as the eternal healer.
Look at Isaiah 53:5 but he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Here it talks about healing for the whole man, spirit, soul and body.
· Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, these are deliberate acts of sin, breaking the law.
· Jesus was bruised for our iniquities, these are character traits passed down through generations, my father was an angry man so I am an angry man, my father was a violent man so I am a violent man, these are generational curses.
These are for our spirit, we have been redeemed spiritually.
· Jesus was chastised for our peace, this is peace in our soul, peace of mind, we don’t have to suffer from depression or oppressive thought patterns, look at what Paul said to timothy:
2 Tim 1:7 for God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. God wants us to have a sound mind
· with his stripes we are healed, this is for the body healing in our bodies. We are healed because of the stripes on Jesus back.
Matt 8:17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
Salvation is for the whole man spirit, soul, and body. . Mal 3:6 for I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. God does not change in the Old Testament he was the healer, in Jesus day he was the healer and today he is still the healer.