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Friday, June 29 2012

The Healing Spirit

The Messiah had a great measure of the Holy Spirit. He was conceived entirely by it ("1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God" Luke 1:35 KJV) and the Holy Spirit grew with and within Him from His birth ("2:40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him" Luke 2:40 KJV).

Being filled with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of purity, in which nothing impure or unclean can exist, determined the basis of how the Messiah healed those who were physically ill or injured of themselves, on one hand, and those who were infected by an unclean spirit, that was alive of itself. The Messiah, by means of the Holy Spirit, "took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses" within Himself, obliterating them from existence, but "cast out the spirits with his word," because spirits are immortal. Unlike the physical illness or injury that was healed by the Holy Spirit within Him (hence also the primary reason for the "laying on of hands" e.g. for illness "5:23 And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live," Mark 5:23 KJV, and for injury, "22:50 And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. 22:51 And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him" Luke 22:50-51 KJV), He did not take unclean spirits within Himself; He cast them out and away.

Healing

"8:14 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. 8:15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.

8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:

8:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias [i.e. Isaiah; see What Did Isaiah Know About Jesus Christ?] the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses." (Matthew 8:14-17 KJV)

The apostles were not, at first, able to heal others. It may have been due that their faith had not yet grown to sufficient levels ("I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not ... O faithless and perverse generation"), but also because they may not yet have come to understand the "taking in" and the "casting out" principles of healing. The healer must first identify the actual source and cause of the malady, not merely the manifested symptoms (e.g. demon possession can appear as mental illness, and vice versa), in order to apply the appropriate and effective remedy.

"9:37 And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him. 9:38 And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child. 9:39 And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him. 9:40 And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not.

9:41 And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither.

9:42 And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father." (Luke 9:37-42 KJV)

Note very carefully the differentiating "and" in "he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease."

Waiting To Be Healed

"10:1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

10:2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother [see also The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth]; 10:3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; 10:4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him [see also The Long Shadow Of Judas].

10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles [see What Did The Messiah Say About Gentiles?], and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand [see The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God]. 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. 10:9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, 10:10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.

10:11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. 10:12 And when ye come into an house, salute it. 10:13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. 10:14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. 10:15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves [see The Messiah's Warning About Christian Charlatans]: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." (Matthew 10:1-16 KJV)

The famous "temptation of Christ" was the ultimate not taking in of an unclean spirit, unlike for example, Judas: "22:3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve" (Luke 22:3 KJV).

"4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 4:2 Being forty days tempted of the devil [see Satan's Fall: From Conservative To Liberal]. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.

4:3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.

4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God [see What Does Word of God Mean To You?].

4:5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 4:6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 4:7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

4:9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: 4:10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: 4:11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

4:12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

4:13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season." (Matthew 4:1-13 KJV)

The Ministry of the Messiah began immediately after "the temptation of Christ," whereby He began healing people of their physical and spiritual ailments - that moreover included the healing of spiritual blindness, the "blind leading the blind" religions of this present world (see A Biography Of Abraham: Abrahamic Religions).

The Blind Leading The Blind

"4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

4:15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.

4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day [see Why Observe The True Sabbath?], and stood up for to read. 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

4:20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."

The famous "Physician, heal thyself" was actually a rebuke, not of a bad doctor, but of faithless people who would not follow the doctor's "prescription" ("prescription" is based on the same root word as "scriptures").

"4:22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?

4:23 And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.

4:24 And he said, Verily, I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. 4:25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; 4:26 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. 4:27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.

4:28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 4:29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. 4:30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way,

4:31 And came down to Capernaum [see Why Bethlehem, Egypt, Nazareth And Capernaum?], a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. 4:32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power." (Luke 4:22-32 KJV)

Being religious is not a defense against demon possession, as documented here by "in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil." Notice again, that the healing was done by casting out the demon, not by taking it in (unlike the Satanic-fantasy movie The Exorcist).

A Demoniac in the Synagogue

"4:33 And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, 4:34 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.

4:35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.

4:36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out. 4:37 And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about." (Luke 4:33-37 KJV)

When miraculous healing were done, it was most-often with a simple touch ("he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed") of the physically sick or injured, while "devils also came out of many" at His command i.e. "And he rebuking them."

"4:38 And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her. 4:39 And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.

4:40 Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. 4:41 And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ." (Luke 4:38-41 KJV)

The Ministry of the Messiah is popularly portrayed as His traveling around with the twelve apostles, but "many" women ("and many others, which ministered unto him") were also with them - including those who had been healed of physical and spiritual ailments ("evil spirits and infirmities") - a previous condition that did not in any way disqualify them as witnesses of the Messiah.

"8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, 8:2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, 8:3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance." (Luke 8:1-3 KJV)

Mary of Magdala, a town on the shore of the Sea of Galilee (see The Cities Of Lake Galilee), was one of the women who had been healed ("Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils"). Mary of Magdala was one of the first people to discover that the resurrection had happened.

Mary of Magdala

"24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. 24:2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 24:3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 24:4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: 24:5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? 24:6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 24:7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. 24:8 And they remembered his words,

24:9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. 24:10 It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. 24:11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. 24:12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass." (Luke 24:1-12 KJV)

Mary of Magdala was, alone, the first human to speak with the risen Messiah.

"20:10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. 20:11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 20:12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

20:13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou?

She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. 20:14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

20:15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?

She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

20:16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary.

She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

20:18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her." (John 20:10-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: What was the purpose of the ministry of John the prophet, more popularly known as "John the Baptist"?
See The Ministries Of The Two Greatest Prophets


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This Day In History, June 29

1194: Sverre became King of Norway.

1438: Albrecht II ("the Bear") was crowned king of Bohemia after being crowned king of Hungary and Germany earlier in the year.

1529: The Second Treaty of Barcelona, a peace settlement between Emperor Charles V and Pope Clement VII which made the Spanish Habsburgs dominant in Italy.

1613: The original Globe Theater in London burned down during the first performance of Shakespeare's Henry VIII.

1807: During the Russo-Turkish War, Admiral Dmitry Senyavin defeated the Ottoman fleet at the Battle of Athos (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1855: The Daily Telegraph was first published in London.

1880: France annexed Tahiti.

1925: King George V opened Canada House in Trafalgar Square in London. Canada House is the official building for Canada's High Commissioner and staff in Britain.

1937: Joseph Armand Bombardier patented the Bombardier snowmobile.

1943: Germany began to withdraw its U-Boats from the North Atlantic in anticipation of the Allied invasion of Europe.

1946: In response to murders and bombings by Jewish resistance in "Palestine," including the June 17 blowing up of 10 of the 11 bridges connecting the land of Israel to surrounding nations, the British conducted dawn raids and arrested over 2,700 Jews. The incident was later used as the pretext for the "Zionist" bombing of the King David Hotel a little over 3 weeks later. See A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace to understand why Britain was given to control much of the Middle East at that time, and how their presence there permitted the people of Judah (who once again failed to recognize their deliverer) to fulfill the prophecy about their return to the land of Israel.

1966: U.S. planes bombed Hanoi and Haiphong for the first time in the Vietnam War.

1967: Israel removed barricades to re-unify Jerusalem.

1974: Isabel Peron was sworn in as President of Argentina, taking over from her husband Juan Peron who became ill.

1995: A department store in Seoul collapsed, killing 502 people in South Korea's worst peacetime disaster.

2002: South Korean and North Korean naval forces engaged in a brief firefight. Six South Korean sailors were killed and a North Korean vessel was sunk.

2006: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President George W. Bush's plan to try Guantanamo Bay prisoners in military tribunals violated U.S. and international law. The trials continued anyway, as they did under Barak Obama, who had pledged to close the U.S. base/prison camp in communist Cuba, but never did.





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