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Healing The Lame
The English word "lame" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word, lama, which meant to beat - which would seem to indicate that being "lame" originally meant the result of deliberate injury. The meaning has however grown to refer to someone who is disabled in the feet or legs, regardless of the cause, whether illness or injury.
The words translated as "lame" in the Holy Bible (see also 1 Year Holy Bible Reading Plan) also have the wider meaning. The Hebrew word, pronounced pis-say-awkh, means to limp, or to hop. The Greek word, pronounced kho-los, means limping, or walking in a halting manner.
By his very life's purpose to "prepare the way" for the Messiah, the ministry of John the Baptist (see The Prophets: John The Baptist and Rabbi John) ended when the ministry of the Messiah began (see How Long Was John's Ministry?). Healing people who were suffering from lameness was among the first of the miracles done by Jesus Christ. They were used in answer to John's question, "Art thou he that should come?"
"11:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.
Notice that along with the healings of physically lame people came the warning that those who were yet spiritually "lame" (i.e. unable to "follow" Christ) would be offended (they "were sore displeased") by the Truth that He taught, and His miracles that they witnessed.
"21:14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. 21:15 And when the chief priests and scribes [see The Origin Of The Essenes, Sadducees And Pharisees] saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased" (Matthew 21:14-15 KJV)
"Make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed"
The feeding of the 4,000 is one of the most well-known miracles of The Christ. Notice carefully however that the great slow-moving multitude that followed Him had many lame and blind people who were obviously being helped or carried along by others. Those lame and blind didn't need any help on the way back however, because "He healed them," and then also miraculously fed them, for "they did all eat, and were filled." They all "got their fill" of the Messiah that day, through His teachings, healings and feedings. The Messiah truly was the Good Shepherd.
"15:29 And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee [see also The Prophet Of Galilee]; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there. 15:30 And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them: 15:31 Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.
The Messiah's parable of the great supper (see Parables Of Jesus Christ: The Great Supper) involved "the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind" that the spiritually lame religionists ignored in their self-righteous arrogance.
"14:12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompense be made thee. 14:13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14:14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just." (Luke 14:12-14 KJV)
The Messiah healed by means of the Holy Spirit of God (see The Healing Touch). The apostles, and others, later healed lame people in the same way, but with a greater lesson of faith in Christ - "his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all."
"3:1 Now Peter [see Peter's Ministry and Peter's Prophecy] and John [see Aunt Mary? and The Old Man's Letter] went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour [i.e. the ninth hour of the daylight, about 3:00 pm on a modern clock; see Hours Of The Day]. 3:2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; 3:3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. 3:4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. 3:5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
The apostle Paul (who, before his conversion, had been one of the "lame-brained" Pharisees that the Christ spoke about in His warning about those who become offended at the Truth; see Was Paul Among Them?) spoke of spiritual lameness that also requires healing, by means of the same Holy Spirit that heals physical lameness. The spiritual "walk" of a Christian must be made with "straight paths for your feet" (see Growing In The Grace And Knowledge and the Fact Finder question below).
"12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross [see also Crossing The T], despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God [see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?]. 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Fact Finder: How do we make "straight paths for your feet" as true Christians?