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    Hello,

    I would like to know the exact meaning of the word 'stripes' in the following passage:

    "By His stripes you were healed."

    Thanks.

    Phalanx
    Last edited by Phalanx; Nov 23rd 2008, 05:32 PM.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Phalanx View Post
    Hello,

    I would like to know the exact meaning of the word 'stripes' in the following passage:

    "By His stripes you were healed."

    Thanks.

    Phalanx

    You'll need to read Isaiah ch 53. But I will say this, many in the Charismatic circles misapply this verse to mean healing, as in the one's of miracles. If one recalls, before Jesus ever suffered and died, many were healed by Him. So, if it's by His stripes that people are miracously healed, then how were anyone healed before this passage was fullfilled?


    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.


    This same verse tells us what we are healed of.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by divaD View Post
      You'll need to read Isaiah ch 53. But I will say this, many in the Charismatic circles misapply this verse to mean healing, as in the one's of miracles. If one recalls, before Jesus ever suffered and died, many were healed by Him. So, if it's by His stripes that people are miracously healed, then how were anyone healed before this passage was fullfilled?
      Actually, most in the charismatic circle are not just referring to the Isaiah 53:5 passage when talking about physical healing. This passage makes reference here . . .

      Matthew 8:16-17
      When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

      He Himself took our infirmities
      And bore our sicknesses.”
      "What you do does not define who you are; it's who you are that defines what you do."

      -- Dr. Neil T. Anderson

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Phalanx View Post
        Hello,

        I would like to know the exact meaning of the word 'stripes' in the following passage:

        "By His stripes you were healed."

        1Pe 2:24
        Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripe (singular) you were healed.

        The stripe here is the blow that the Father gave Him.
        Isa 1:5 Why should you be stricken any more? you will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
        Isa 1:6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither soothed with ointment.
        The healing is not medical, but as Isaiah puts it, it is to heal us from the effects of our choice to sin.

        Isa 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.
        Since this verse is relating our transgressions & iniquities to medical wounds, we may conclude that these stripes may be for the physical, medical healing along with the healing from the effects of our choice to sin.

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        • #5
          The Hebrew word for stripes in Isiah 53:5 is (chabbuwrah) it means wound.

          The Greek word for stripes in 1 Peter 2:24 is (molops) it means wound.

          What is the context of 1 Peter 2:24? It's not talking about physical healing, it's talking about spiritual healing.

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          • #6
            Dear Phalanx,
            Welcome to Bibleforums!
            It's great to have you here!!

            You ask a good question!
            Originally posted by Phalanx View Post
            I would like to know the exact meaning of the word 'stripes' in the following passage:

            "By His stripes you were healed."
            The Quotation Itself: I Peter 2:24.

            The phrase "by his stripes you were healed" occurs two places: in Isaiah 53:5, and in I Peter 2:24.

            The passage in First Peter is primary, because it speaks of Christ Jesus, explicitly. It's set in the context of Peter using Jesus's example as a model of how Christians ought to behave, and specifically, ought (in almost all circumstances) not to be rebellious toward the government. However, in the process of giving this piece of practical advice to Christians living under a hostile government (that of the Roman Empire), Peter is also developing his Christology, that is, his teaching about who Christ is. That has importance apart from the specific context, for it helps define (clarify) for us what Jesus' saving work is.
            Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: For He did not sin, neither was guile (deceit) found in His mouth: Also, when He was reviled, he did not reviled again; when He suffered, He did not threatened; but He committed Himself to Him that judges righteously: Who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes you were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and overseer of your souls. (I Peter 1:22b-25)
            The Quotation Itself: Isaiah 53:5-6.

            This passage has many echoes of Biblical prophecy from the OT (Old Testament, or Tannukh), and from other parts of the NT (New Testament) as well. The BIble speaks of Jesus as our Shepherd again and again (Psalm 23, Luke 15, John 10, I Peter 5, etc.) and often in the context of us being sheep going astray. (See Luke 15, Ps. 119:176, Jer. 50:6) But the reference in I Peter 1 is clearly to Isaiah 53:6 "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all." -- the verse right before the verse "by his stripes you were healed, in Isaiah 53!

            I will quote the entirety of Isaiah 53, boldfacing verse 6 which Peter quotes -- from Isaiah 53:6 says:
            Who has believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 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.

            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. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 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.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.

            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. 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. 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.

            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. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he has poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

            The Word "Stripes" -- meaning "wounds", especially whip-cuts

            As Lamplighter helpfully points out, the words (in Greek, the language of the NT, and Hebrew, the language of the OT) which are translated "stripe" in English mean "wound". The translation "stripes" is a bit old-fashioned. The word "stripes" occurs in the King James, or Authorized translation (KJV, or AV) 7 times in the OT (Deut 25:3; 2 Sam. 7:14; Ps. 89:32; Prov. 17:10; Prov. 19:29; Prov. 20:30; Is. 53:5) and 8 times in the NT (Lk. 12:47; Lk. 12:48; Acts 16:23; Acts 16:33; 2 Cor. 6:5; 2 Cor. 11:23; 2 Cor. 11:24; 1 Pet. 2:24). These are places where the wounds in question apparantly were cuts of a whip, which look like "stripes" on the body; that was why the translators chose that word.

            The significance, or meaning, of the passage

            Isaiah's passage is one of several "Suffering Servant" passages, written about a figure, the Suffering Servant, who was the representative of God who came to redeem God's people by bearing their sins. This figure was understood by the Jews perhaps mainly as the nation of Israel itself, or as the Messiah. Once Christ came, however, Christians at once after the resurrection -- perhaps instructed by Jesus on this point -- understood this figure as referring most directly to Jesus Himself. That is how Peter understands the passage he is quoting.

            The idea is that Christ "bears our sins" and iniquity: that He takes on Himself the burden of our messed-up lives and also the punishment that our sins and failures inevitably incur. Thus, He takes our brokenness, condemnation, guilt and shame upon Himself. God "lays on Him the iniquity of us all." The sentence "by His stripes we are healed" is one of a series of phrases in Isaiah 53 which conveys this basic idea. This is the idea which Peter expresses by saying "He bore our sins in his body on the tree" ("tree" here means "cross", of course).

            Christ Jesus was wounded for us and by us -- by nails, spear, crown of thorns, crucifixion, and by being flogged (whipped with a metal-weighted whip) -- and also by desertion of his friends, mocking, disrespect, and hatred of His enemies. We wound ourselves -- we do violence to ourselves and our own humanity -- by many things we do. Jesus takes all that upon Himself, to set us free. The primary wound each of us bears is the wound caused by our own sins. Through what He did for us on the cross, Jesus heals that wound.

            Peter is also emphasizing that Christ, taking our sins on Himself and dying, put our sins to death, so that we should live in utmost righteousness, obeying and loving God and loving those around us -- even our enemies, just as Christ did. In this way, God gives us the opportunity to let our lives reflect Christ's life, and for His power to be at work within us, healing our attitudes and lives, and turning our heart from sin to the goodness of Jesus, and also in this way to bear witness to others of Jesus' goodness!!

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            • #7
              The word translated as "stripes" is:

              (1,2) khab-boo-raw', (3) khab-oo-raw'From H2266; properly bound (with stripes), that is, a weal (or black and blue mark itself): - blueness, bruise, hurt, stripe, wound.

              From the root word (H2266) we can see in context that we are united, or probably a more familiar word...reconciled....to him through his wounds, his pain, his hurt, his stripes...the marks placed on him.

              Hope that helps.
              Ken

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              • #8
                "Stripes", as others here have already correctly explained, refers to the wounds that Jesus received in the process of his torturing and execution.

                When Isaiah wrote that we are "healed", anybody should be able to see (if they'll even bother to take the time to read the whole chapter) that us being healed from diseases had nothing to do with that statement whatsoever. I go to a church where a lot of people try to take it as meaning that, because Jesus died on the cross, then we are now entitled to being "healed" of our diseases, e.g. cancer, and what have you. And then when two people died recently in our church, both of cancer, these people were going around in shock. But after a while they simply decided that somebody just wasn't exercising enough faith and they went right back to their Benny Hinn mentality. These people drive me absolutely insane.

                Jesus' stripes heal us from our SINS - nothing more, nothing less. If you try to ascribe anything more to it without the passage's context giving you license to do so, you WILL be disappointed someday, and you might blame God or somebody else for not having enough faith, when in truth, it was your own fault.

                OK, that's my rant for the day.
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                • #9
                  First, I want to thank everyone for their input, and a special thanks to Scruffy Kid for a very warm welcome

                  It would appear then, regardless of the context of the word stripe(s), one can still pray for healing and receive it as God has already demonstrated through His countless miracles.

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                  • #10
                    I think a better question to ask would have been 'what does 'healed' mean in that passage?' It's clearly talking about spiritual healing.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by matthew94 View Post
                      I think a better question to ask would have been 'what does 'healed' mean in that passage?' It's clearly talking about spiritual healing.
                      Agreed totally. There is no license given there to expect physical healing in this life. What's more, the very fact that everybody dies is proof that there will be at least one time in our life that "healing" absolutely will not happen. (And spare me the usual "What if we get Raptured" line - we can't count on that until it happens.)
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by matthew94 View Post
                        I think a better question to ask would have been 'what does 'healed' mean in that passage?' It's clearly talking about spiritual healing.
                        I knew the meaning of the word 'healed'; it was the context of the word 'stripes' relative to it that required further clarification for me.

                        Thanks.

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                        • #13
                          Heal in the verse is the Hebrew word rapha. It means to make whole, heal, or repair.

                          Isaiah 53 is simply the Good News, the gospel, in prophecy. It is actually akin to:

                          Rom 5:10 For if, being enemies, we were restored to favour with Elohim through the death of His Son, much more, having been restored to favour, we shall be saved by His life.

                          I think we tend to "spiritualize" too much. When I first started going to church, (I was 29) I had an ex-Baptist now Pentacostalish guy working on one side, and a Jehovah's Witness on the other. We worked 8-10 hour days side by side. WOW....if you can have been a fly on the wall for some of those discussions. Here I was, all wet behind the ears, (but growing quickly) and a fully trained JW relentlessly pounding me with scripture. He would get so mad, he would hand me some verses to go home and read...and wanting to know the truth regardless of what direction it took me, I would go home and read them. But as I did, his verses would lead to others, God guiding me through His Word..and I would go back the next day with a verse or two for him, and his face would get so red. (LOL) I so wish he were around now....

                          But from that I did learn that not everything a JW teaches is wrong. There are facets to that faith that are very relevent. One of them, though they have the dates pretty messed up, is when Messiah returns as King, we live here, on earth, and NOT in heaven. We may have glorified bodies, we may be incorruptable, but like Messiah who ate with his disciples after his resurrection, we too will have a physical body and will eat.

                          My point is, it isn't wrong to look at the spiritual side of scripture. But be careful not to spiritualize everything. Isaiah 53 is the gospel, Yahushua Messiah was sinless, beaten, and by those two actions we are reconciled back to God if we first believe and then walk in His will.

                          Peace to you.
                          Ken

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                          • #14
                            Again, the physical healing aspect of Isaiah 53 is not necessarily in verse 5. However, I will not say that verse 5 cannot include physical healing.

                            In Matthew 8 the physical healing aspect is more from verse 4 of Isaiah 53. Granted, I agree that not everyone is going to experience healing. However, I'm not one to say that is God's fault, and He just doesn't want folks to be well. IMO there isn't any question in my mind that in God's perfect will there is health and wellness. I believe His Word declares it, and I believe folks will experience it in part through faith. The problems, IMO, arise from the fact that we, as a fallen people, do not always experience God's perfect will and walk totally by faith. This always strikes a cord in folks because it's a position that demands accountability from people, but it's one that I believe is truth.

                            In my opinion, based upon God's Word, there's just no way for me to say honestly that God doesn't want His children well. Every example that I know of where the will of the Lord was made clear . . . He willed for folks to be well. Every single person that came to Jesus in faith was made well. God even proclaimed to Israel under the Old Covenant that He wanted them well. Certainly if it were not God's will that His people be well then we would have been shown that example from our Savior Himself. Not one person who ever came to Jesus in faith was rejected or turned away. I know this is tough for a lot of folks to hear, and it is certainly not the most popular position. However, it is one that I will still hold to regardless based upon my understanding of the Scriptures.
                            "What you do does not define who you are; it's who you are that defines what you do."

                            -- Dr. Neil T. Anderson

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                            • #15
                              VR>> In my opinion, based upon God's Word, there's just no way for me to say honestly that God doesn't want His children well.

                              >>Of course he wants us well, I hope I didn't lead you to that impression. I see, and this is me, Isaiah 53 as a prophecy of the gospel in general. I don't think it is a physical healing it is talking about, I think it is an eternal healing!

                              I do think too may take verses like this, and others, and make it so physical it becomes a movement. Somebody mentioned on this thread about some people who died in their congregation and the Benny Hinn mentality of "well their faith must not have been strong." I see this as extremely ignorant and selfish! God wants us well, but we all die. We get "shamed" by these types who question our faith because we end up on an anti-biotic or something. I bet these same preachers claim to have gone on vacation when they end up in bed with the flu.

                              Ok...that was MY rant for the day.
                              peace.
                              Ken

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