CHRISTIANITY: FALSE TEACHING, FALSE DOCTRINES
THE MIRACLE OF HEALING
PART 5: HEALING IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
Healing holds a significant place in God's ministry. Also, healing is noted throughout the Bible. Again we note that healing is a miraculous act akin to the numerous miracles of the Bible. As we preface this discussion with a comparison of Old Testament miracles (healing) and New Testament miracles (healing) there are distinct differences.
Old Testament miracles revealed God's presence as king of the theocracy. Meanwhile New Testament miracles note the deity of Christ; God manifested in the flesh and also the divine authority given to the Apostles. The Bible also reveals that Old Testament miracles came by impassioned intercession and with noted uncertainty. However the miracles (healing) of Christ were accomplished with ease and certainty of the issue. Thus, Christ as the Lord of the living and the dead raised the dead with great ease.
The performers of miracles (healing) in the Old Testament prayed for results. Meanwhile during the ministry of Jesus He commanded and it was so. The prophets of the Old Testament performed the miraculous in the name of the Lord. Christ however performed miracles (healing) in His own name or in His father's name. The miracles of Christ also were more brilliant. For example Elisha fed 100 men with 20 loaves of bread, but Christ fed 5,000 with 5 loaves.
As we continue to set the stage for an in‑depth review of the healing miracles in the Bible, we thank God for the Creation. Scripture references for the miracles of the Creation are noted in: Genesis 1, Hebrews 11:3, Psalms 104, Job 26:8 and Proverbs 8. The Creation also revealed the Creators. The Bible declared that all three persons of the Trinity were united in the Creation of the world and universe. The Creation is then a tribute to the divine power of God and a testament of the divine wisdom of Almighty God.
The Creation of the world was indeed a miracle. It is noted that a miracle is something above the comprehension of man. Therefore it is for sure that the formation of the universe was one of the greatest or the greatest miracle rendered by God. So as the earth was formed God looked around and decided to create man. Man became the centerpiece in God's masterpiece. The plural "let us" reveal the solemn unity of the Holy Trinity.
Throughout the history of the world there has been a conflict between those that know God and those that do not. For example science has produced men that place scientific fact or theory before God and the Bible.
However in recent years more scientists have come to realize that the Bible does not conflict with true science. Thus when the Bible is clearly understood and honestly compared to science and not theories there are no real dis‑agreements. Thus, facts of science do not conflict with Biblical statements.
Lt. Colonel Merson Davies, (The Bible and Modern Science) notes:
"The Bible waits at the head of the paths of scientific progress to greet the discoverer with its relations of prior knowledge. The investigator limbs upward through the twilight and finds scripture illuminating the summit of his climb."
For example the order in which geology claims as correct for the development of the earth is exactly the same as the order noted by Moses:
1. Chaos, 2. Light, 3. Firmament or expanse, 4. Dry Land, 5. Vegetation, 6. Life in water, in air, on land, 7. Man.
The miracle of Enoch's translation is certainly of note as we look toward a chronological review of the healing miracles. In Genesis 5:19‑24 we see the scripture passages that reveal that Enoch was taken up without dying. Enoch and Elijah are the only people in the Bible to receive such a fate besides Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
The scripture in Genesis also notes that Enoch walked with God. Here we see that Enoch and Noah are the only people noted to have walked with God (See Genesis 6:9, 22, 24:20, 48:15, Hebrew 11:5 and Jude 14, 15. Also see related scripture for Genesis 5:24 2 Kings 2:11, Psalms 49:5, 73:24).
The testimony of the Patriarch Enoch was a miracle of grace. Enoch was the son of Jared, and must not be confused with Enoch, Cain's eldest son noted in Genesis 4:17‑18. He prophesied for God. He was a seer as well as a saint. He was also one of the guardians of the prophecy.
Walking with God notes the first paradise and the anticipation of a new paradise (See Revelation 21:3, 22:3‑4). The secret of his walk with God was faith. Thus through faith he pleased God, therefore the ground for his translation. After he begat Methuselah, it is written he walked with God.
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