The Lord my healer

Exodus 15:26: saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, your healer.”

In the history of the world till the time God said those words, the Lord has never revealed himself as healer. Of course, at this time, he was creating a relationship between himself and a nation which has never happened before. Earlier are relationship that God entered with individuals like Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The words of the focus verse were to show the Israelites that now they are coming into special relationship, a give and take relationship with God. If they would not obey him, he was going to put the diseases of Egypt on them. If not he was going to make them free from those diseases. Experiencing the Lord as healer then was tied to obedience.

When certain people were talking to Jesus saying, what should I do that I may do the works of God, that I may align myself with the will of God (John 6:28-29)? The answer from Jesus was: believe in the person God has sent- Jesus.

You need to realise that God as healer has full expression in Christ Jesus.

At the point of making this covenant with the children of Israel, there was a body of water that has just been turned from bitter to sweet (Exodus 15:22-26), turned from useless to useful, because after much prayer God showed Moses, their leader, a stick to throw inside the water to transform it. That stick turned the water from being bitter to sweet.

From the analogy of scriptures a body of water is descriptive of a group of people (Revelation 17:15). Therefore God was saying that through the experience of a Man on a tree, the church, the spiritual Israel was going to experience transformation from bitter experience to sweet experience.

Lest you’re wondering what the death of Jesus on a tree have to do with the healing experience, check out the words of Isaiah 53 (1-5[5]) where it is written that by the wounds on Jesus we experience healing. Also Peter referred to the same passage when he affirmed that by the stripes of Jesus we were healed (1Peter 2:24); we have a change of experience from bitter to sweet, in the area of our health. Healing flows from his wounds to us.

It starts with the healing of our bad relationship with God, then to the healing of relationship with one another became we become part of his body. Remember that one of the first signs of an ailing world was a dysfunctional family with the elder brother Cain cutting down the younger Abel (Genesis 4:1-11).

Contrast that with what the ideal is as members of the body of Christ, as members of the household, called the Household of Faith (Galatians 6:10), when we have the admonitions: let brotherly love continue (Romans 12:10, 1Thessalonians 4:9), be “kindly affectioned” one to another, maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3). It is true that we have the healing of relationships in Christ.

We also have healing within ourselves. With our body becoming the temple of the Holy Spirit (1Corinthians 6:19), the temple of God (1Corinthians 3:16), it gains a new status. It is not something evil that should merely be a burden.

We know that we have a new spirit (John 3:3-7), the Holy Spirit gave birth to a new spirit in those of us who are Christians. Also we have the new life in our spirit influencing our soul (Ephesians 4:23 [mind]) (remember that man has three parts from the words of Paul [1Thessalonians 5:23]). So the soul comes under the influence of the new spirit as the words of God are ministered to it.

Also the new spirit has influence on the body. Paul said that the Spirit (who is in us now by the new spirit) quickens our mortal bodies (Romans 8:9-11), imparting life to it.

Therefore, not only do we have a new spirit and the commitment of transformation of the soul but also our body is marked to be influenced spiritually in the area of health.

The message of the gospel has wealth and health provisions because the message of Jesus is: let it be to you according to your faith (Matthew 9:29).

God, revealing himself as the healer shows the possibility that exists for us in relationship with him. When the ministry of Jesus was being described, Matthew concluded that it is akin to the experience of a great light, that a people dwelling in darkness had seen a great light (Matthew 4:13-17).

One major way that the great light is expressed is in the Ministry of Health that Jesus manifests to the people. In whatever community that He appears, Jesus shows himself to be that tree that was thrown into the bitter water by Moses transforming it into sweet water, bringing healing. Jesus comes with a blast of light with immediate intervention in the area of physical healing for the people who comes in contact with him by faith. We should not see His presence in us as anything less than that, as He is now present in our lives by the Holy Spirit in us.

While He was talking to the disciples concerning his departure from the earth, and the disciples were forlorn about missing him, He said it was better for them that He goes because it is then that the Holy Spirit was going to come as another helper: A comforter whose presence is better than the physical presence of Jesus himself (John 16:5-7, 14:16-18). Therefore we should expect that the matter of healing and health should also be a major part of his attention, of his help, i.e. the Holy Spirit.

From the words of the focus verse, we realise that the preferred state is not that of seeking for healing but to have no disease present in your body. To be my healer means, he has a ministry to my body as mender; he cures and heals. He takes cares of issues of health before they even arise. He is committed to our body to cause it to function well as his temple (he carries out repair work there). He also promised that there will be no abortion taking place (Exodus 23:25-26). All these are in furtherance of the wellness mandate that God has given himself over those of us who are His.

How do you see your saviour? Is he just the saviour from eternal punishment, saviour from sin? You need to begin to see him also as your saviour from sicknesses and diseases, let him introduce himself to you today as the Lord who heals you.

Jesus Christ called himself the way to the father (John 14:6). If the father is committed to healing, Jesus Christ is the way to that experience that in our lives. He showed us, by his life, by his commitment to healing, the truth of the loving care of God for us even for our body; He is also the life that causes us to experience God as healer, as healing and health in our lives.

While darkness was upon the Egyptians (Exodus 10:21-23), the bible recorded that the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. Since we have established that part of darkness (at least the one Jesus came to deal with) is sicknesses and diseases, the will of God is that there should be a difference between his people and others as the former have access to the light of God (that Jesus represents) for their body.

The promise is that when the whole world is in darkness (Isaiah 60:1-2), the glory of God will be seen on his people. There will be distinction; and according to the flow of this discuss, in the area of healing.

I am not interested in making you feel guilty for your health issues but just to elevate your vision of what is possible in Christ, in the blessings locked in the words of God. We have the character of God unveiled to us in the pages of the bible and one of it is that He is the Lord who stands for healing for us, whose influence in our lives is beyond just telling us dos and don’ts, He manifests in our body as it’s repairer, so that we are always in health.

 

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