For the righteous there is a blessing in the need for physical and spiritual healing.
Peace and love,
Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal February 13, 2002 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY AND HEALING
THE MIRACLE OF HEALING
PART 96: THE BIBLE AND THE
the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
The physician is a person who
understands the art of medicine and healing. The Hebrew people were influenced
greatly by the Egyptians who had an initial impact on the art of healing and
medicine. It is also noted that the Egyptian priesthood had several divisions.
Healing was also a role of the priesthood. However, the embalmers were an
inferior order of Priests.
Therefore, we see the continued
practice of the involvement of Priests and Prophets in healing. During the
Mosaic Law (days of Moses & the Old Law) there were mid-wives and regular
physicians who attended the Israelites (see Exodus ).
During the Biblical period (post
Egyptian period) most medical practices were surgical and external. However,
the Hebrew people were not without some knowledge of internal and even mental
As we pursue the Biblical record
regarding the medical profession, we see several explanations for illness in
the Old Testament. Deuteronomy 28 reveals that health and the related principle
of illness and healing are related to the violation of certain Covenant
stipulations. Therefore healing and remedies are involved in an evaluation of
one's state of health and the Covenant.
Meanwhile, the Book of Job offers a
quite different view. Here we see that illness may stem from divine plans that
the patient may be unaware of. However the patient must have faith and trust
that God is all knowing and has reason for his state of health.
Perhaps the most outstanding feature
of the Hebrew attitude toward health came in its division. This division
results in legitimate and illegitimate options for patients in pursuit of
healing. But God is in control (Ex.
and Job ).
Prayer has always been the most
accessible and most common (inexpensive) option open to the righteous in search
of healing. (Isaiah 38:10-20). Many Psalms may have been intended as prayers
for patients that need healing. Also, many Psalms reveal important Hebrew
concepts concerning illness and health care. (See Psalms 38).
The illegitimate options were rooted
in Pagan and Heathen rituals etc. For example many of the Hebrew people had
confidence in sorcerers. The evidence of female figurines gives credence to
fertility rituals. Also, there is evidence of a healing cult during the Persian
period with the discovery of a large dog cemetery.
Meanwhile the Prophets were noted as
the most distinguished and were accepted as the legitimate healing consultants.
However, they often were in competition with the illegitimate healers. (Deut. - 17). Much of the Old
Testament reflects an effort to promote Prophets as the only legitimate
consultants regarding healing. (2 Kings 4: 8).
For example 2 Kings 8: 8 the Prophets
provided the prognosis. They also interceded on behalf of the patient. As seen
in 2 kings . There
have always been false Prophets who claim they can heal. During Old Testament
times the Hebrew Prophets unlike the illegitimate healing consultants depended
on God. Thus they depended on their relationship with God more so than any
technical knowledge or skill.
The post exilic period in
Under the Old Law a theology of
impurity was developed. This particular theology revealed a system of social
boundaries. It further sought to remove the unfit from society. This unfit
element was noted as the chronically ill.
Meanwhile, by the time of the
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