The Lord Who Heals You YouVersion

GOD’S PROVISION FOR HEALING

Isaiah 53:4,5 Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. 

God wants us to be well and has made provision for healing through the Atonement of Jesus. In Isaiah 53, the prophet has a vision of the Messiah, Jesus, and His suffering for us, seeing Him bearing sickness, weakness and pain in addition to our sin and judgement. 

The Hebrew word for ‘griefs’ is correctly translated ‘sicknesses’ or ‘weaknesses’ and the word ‘sorrows’ is literally ‘pains’. These will usually appear as a footnote in your Bible.

The Amplified version of verse 4 reads ‘Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses and distresses) and verse 5 reads ‘With the stripes (that wounded) Him we are healed and made whole’.

The words used to describe Jesus bearing of our sins (verses 11 and 12) are the same as the ‘borne’ and ‘carried’ in verse 4 that mean to completely remove the load from one person and place it upon another as their substitute. Jesus took upon Himself our sickness in the same way that He took our sin! 

In Matthew 8:16,17 this passage from the Hebrew is correctly quoted as meaning sickness, and not grief and sorrow, and in context with Jesus healing all the sick. Jesus healed all in the fulfilment of the prophecy that He would bear the sickness of all. 

In 1 Peter 2:24, Peter also drawing from Isaiah 53 declares ‘by whose stripes you were healed’. It is now past tense, ‘were healed’ and not ‘are healed’, because it was accomplished at the Cross. Healing is not something God may or may not want to do for you but it is His will and something He has already made provision for. 

We are all on a journey of learning to appropriate what Jesus provided for us; we don’t have all the answers and our experience doesn’t always reflect perfectly what has been given to us in Christ. There can be the challenge of the wrestle between what has been promised and what is currently being experienced but as we continue to feed on God’s truth, its’ resident power brings healing and change.

THE LORD WHO HEALS YOU YOUVERSION

Exodus 15:26 and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”

“I am the Lord who heals you’ in the Hebrew is ‘Jehovah Rapha’. The names of the Lord starting with Jehovah, in the Old Testament, are called His redemptive names. Through them, God reveals to His people what He was going to restore to them, that had originally been lost in the Fall, in this case health.

The word ‘rapha’ means ‘to cure, heal, repair, mend, restore health’. It is used in the Bible for the healing of physical sickness.

In the context of the Exodus passage, the people are complaining which is a natural human response to tiredness. I can imagine that if we walked for days, were thirsty and came to these bitter pools the feeling we would have of weariness, disappointment, maybe even anger, but they are letting the situation dictate their response. Healing doesn’t come with God responding to our natural reactions but when we respond to God’s supernatural answer.

God’s answer is for Moses to throw a tree into the water. The tree is a type or prophetic picture of the Cross (1 Peter 2:24). God’s answer is always to put Jesus and His finished work of the Cross into our situations and, in this case, the waters are healed. That this is an example of healing for us is seen in verse 26 when the Lord uses this situation to reveal Himself as the Healer to His people.

God is not saying that we have to keep His word perfectly in order to be healed but rather when we respond to His truth, a truth that is revealed through Jesus, ‘give ear’ to what He says above that of others and when we respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit ‘diligently heeding His voice’ we will find that He has made healing fully available to us.