In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.

Healing as related to health care, sickness and illness has a long history in the Bible and throughout the world. Therefore, what is healing? Is all healing God inspired? Are the mediums of healing for example, man, medicine, herbs etc. directed by God? Thus can any healing take place without God?

Heal means to make whole, sound, know well; bring back to health; to cure a disease or wound. Heal also can mean to free from anything bad, to cleanse. See 2 Kings 2:22 "so the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake."

The adjective for heal is healing. Is healing the work of God and not man? However, there is also the noun use of this word. A healer is a person that practices healing or some form of faith cure. These people have given ample reason for the review of this subject and to explore the Biblical context of healing.

As the created world grew and developed personal hygiene was often poor due to the various circumstances of the times (See Genesis 18:4). Thus, due to scarce water supplies bathing was not an on-going practice or a special event. (See Ruth 3:3). Here it is noted that bathing has a direct relation to illness and to healing. Thus, in the face of illness there is a need for healing.

As the stage for healing is set, the Old Testament gives us several explanations for illness and the need for healing. In Deuteronomy 28 it is noted that one's health is associated with the fulfillment of Covenant ruler and illness results from the violation off these stipulations. Meanwhile, therapy involves a review of one's actions in light of the Covenant.

However in the book of Job it is revealed that illness may be rooted in a divine plan. Therefore the believer must trust that God's undisclosed reasons are just (See Job 5:18).

For another scripture reference we turn to Exodus 15:26. "And said, If thus 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."

Prayer was/is accessible and did not cost anything. Thus as the Bible unfolds, we see the use of prayer in the midst of illness and the need for healing. The power of prayer for healing is revealed in Isaiah 38:11-20 and 1-9.

According to 2 Chronicles 32:24-26 Hezekiah had a problem with pride even after a double miracle of healing and deliverance. In verse 36:16-18 in Isaiah Hezekiah realized that his prayer brought deliverance and forgiveness.

The Psalms also provided vivid scriptures regarding the use of prayer and healing. (See Psalms 38, 39, 88). In Psalms 38 David expressed sorrow for his sins. He saw his anguish as judgment from God for his sins. In some cases God does send physical illness to punish us for sin. In Psalms 38:2, Acts 12:21-23 and 1 Corinthians 11:30-32 we see scripture that note that God did use illness as a punishment in certain circumstances.

Again we note the on-going reality of those ordained to heal and the illegitimate healers. The Prophets in the Old Testament were the legitimate healers. They depended on their relationship with God more than on technical expertise. In 2 Kings 4, 8, we see stories of healing miracles.

However, in Deuteronomy 18:9-22 we see God warning the people about the unholy practices of the heathen nations.

Also, in verses 15-22 God gave advice to the Prophets. 18:15 "the Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken:

The coming of the Messiah was part of the original plan. During the days of the Old Testament people claimed to have messages from God and that God had given them certain power. God still speaks to the people but God is not giving the power to heal as He did in the Old and New Testament times.

Do the prophecies of those that prophesy come true? Do they contradict the Bible with these messages they claim come from God? Meanwhile the people of God need to be very careful about the trust they place in people that claim to be Prophets etc.

Those that walk the earth in the year 2001 who claim to have healing power do not abide by scripture.

Cont. Part 2: The Priests and Healing

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