SHOOT'N FROM THE HIP: Healing.... Part one....
by, Mar 4th 2010 at 09:20 PM (172 Views)
I was reading a thread the other day on the gifts of the Spirit.... And I came across a statement that bothered me greatly.... The brother was speaking about the charismatic movement and what caused him to leave it....
He stated that they had told him that since they laid their hands on him.... And they prayed like they were supposed to.... That it was his fault he did not automatically pop up out of his wheelchair and walk around healed and healthy.... That it was his fault because he did not have faith....
This sorely grieved me.... Because I was told by the Lord Himself that He is the only one who knows the hearts of men.... He is the only one who can see inside the mind and heart of a certain person and know them....
WHAT DOES THE WORD SAY (New Living Translation)?:
1Ch 29:17 I know, my God, that You examine our hearts and rejoice when You find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives, and I have watched Your people offer their gifts willingly and joyously.
Psa 33:15 He made their hearts, so He understands everything they do.
Pro 24:12 Don't excuse yourself by saying, "Look, we didn't know." For God understands all hearts, and He sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as their actions deserve.
Isa 66:2 My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are Mine. I, the LORD, have spoken! "I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at My word.
Jer 17:10 But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve."
Mar 2:8 Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so He asked them, "Why do you question this in your hearts?
Act 15:8 God knows people's hearts, and He confirmed that He accepts Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us.
Rom 8:27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God's own will.
1Th 2:4 For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.
SHOOT'N FROM THE HIP:
Above are just some of the Scripture concerning the only One who can know and does know the hearts of mankind.... And He is NOT human.... He is God....
So if anyone does NOT fit that bill.... It would be in that persons best interests to NEVER presume to know why another has "not received healing"....
IN MY OPINION:
I said all that to say this: God is the same.... Yesterday.... Today.... And forever.... Healing is in His repertoire.... In His nature.... And it has always been His will and desire that His people be healed.... He sent His Son to be scourged.... To receive the stripes on His body that were necessary for our healing.... Isaiah even told us all about Him before He even got here!
WHAT DOES THE WORD SAY (KING JAMES AND NEW LIVING TRANSLATIONS)?:
Isa 53:2 My Servant grew up in the LORD's presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about His appearance, nothing to attract us to Him.
Isa 53:3 He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on Him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.
Isa 53:4 Yet it was our weaknesses He carried; it was our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for His own sins!
Isa 53:5 But He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.
Isa 53:6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God's paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on Him the sins of us all.
Isa 53:7 He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet He never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, He did not open His mouth.
Isa 53:8 Unjustly condemned, He was led away. No one cared that He died without descendants, that His life was cut short in midstream. But He was struck down for the rebellion of My people.
Isa 53:9 He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But He was buried like a criminal; He was put in a rich man's grave.
Isa 53:10 But it was the LORD's good plan to crush Him and cause Him grief. Yet when His life is made an offering for sin, He will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the LORD's good plan will prosper in His hands.
Look again through the eyes of the King James (Amplified in v.5):
Isa 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
Isa 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Isa 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
***The following verse is given in the amplified***
Isa 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isa 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
Isa 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
Isa 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
The above is Isaiahs prophetic accounting according to both the King James (with verse 5 amplified) and the New Living translations.... My pastor's wife once told us that the old testament is best seen through the eyes of the new.... So here we go! Below is Matthew's account of the Passion of the Christ in the New living translation.... Look familiar?:
Mat 27:12 But when the leading priests and the elders made their accusations against Him, Jesus remained silent.
Mat 27:13 "Don't You hear all these charges they are bringing against You?" Pilate demanded.
Mat 27:14 But Jesus made no response to any of the charges, much to the governor's surprise.
Mat 27:15 Now it was the governor's custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner to the crowd—anyone they wanted.
Mat 27:16 This year there was a notorious prisoner, a man named Barabbas.
Mat 27:17 As the crowds gathered before Pilate's house that morning, he asked them, "Which one do you want me to release to you—Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?"
Mat 27:18 (He knew very well that the religious leaders had arrested Jesus out of envy.)
Mat 27:20 Meanwhile, the leading priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas to be released and for Jesus to be put to death.
Mat 27:21 So the governor asked again, "Which of these two do you want me to release to you?" The crowd shouted back, "Barabbas!"
Mat 27:22 Pilate responded, "Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?" They shouted back, "Crucify Him!"
Mat 27:23 "Why?" Pilate demanded. "What crime has He committed?" But the mob roared even louder, "Crucify Him!"
Mat 27:24 Pilate saw that he wasn't getting anywhere and that a riot was developing. So he sent for a bowl of water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood. The responsibility is yours!"
Mat 27:25 And all the people yelled back, "We will take responsibility for His death—we and our children!"
Mat 27:26 So Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned Him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified.
Mat 27:27 Some of the governor's soldiers took Jesus into their headquarters and called out the entire regiment.
Mat 27:28 They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him.
Mat 27:29 They wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on His head, and they placed a reed stick in His right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before Him in mockery and taunted, "Hail! King of the Jews!"
Mat 27:30 And they spit on Him and grabbed the stick and struck Him on the head with it.
Mat 27:31 When they were finally tired of mocking Him, they took off the robe and put His own clothes on Him again. Then they led Him away to be crucified.
Mat 27:32 Along the way, they came across a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus' cross.
Mat 27:33 And they went out to a place called Golgotha (which means "Place of the Skull").
Mat 27:34 The soldiers gave Him wine mixed with bitter gall, but when He had tasted it, He refused to drink it.
Mat 27:35 After they had nailed Him to the cross, the soldiers gambled for His clothes by throwing dice. [This fulfilled the word of the prophet: "They divided My garments among themselves and cast lots for My robe."]
Mat 27:36 Then they sat around and kept guard as He hung there.
Mat 27:37 A sign was fastened to the cross above Jesus' head, announcing the charge against Him. It read: "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews."
So Isaiah and Matthew saw the same thing.... Only Isaiah lived hundreds of years BEFORE Matthew.... And Matthew was an eyewitness.... Recounting his own story.... In his own words.... The synoptic gospels all have the same accounting of Jesus at the trial and crucifixion.... And their accounting of the attitude of the day closely matches the accounting given by Isaiah....