Need Healing? Start with Scripture

The Bible is full of examples of supernatural healing.  In the Tanakh (Old Testament) people were healed and even raised from the dead.  The same is true of the New Testament only more so.  Yeshua (Jesus) performed miracles of healing that distinguished him as the Messiah.  Before the Messiah came in the flesh, no one had been healed of blindness.  Yet,  Yeshua opened blind eyes, even the eyes of man blind from birth.  He healed a leper by actually touching him, and resurrected a man–Lazarus–who had been dead four days.  In fact, Lazarus’ body was so decomposed that it stank!  Three days was a stretch (Jonah), but four days was unheard of.

God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Everyone who needs physical, emotional, or spiritual healing should study the Bible, not only to learn about healing but to have a one-on-one relationship with Almighty God through the Messiah, whose blood atoned for our sins.

“He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53: 5, NIV).  “He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases” (Matthew 8: 17, NIV).

HEALING IN THE TANAKH

Miriam Healed of Leprosy

But when the cloud had withdrawn from over the tent, behold Miriam was leprous, as white as snow.  As Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord, I beg you, do not account this sin to us, in which we have acted foolishly and in which we have sinned.  Oh, do not let her be like one dead, whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes from his mother’s womb! And Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, “O God, heal her I pray!”  But the LORD said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, would she not bear her shame for seven days?  Let her be shut up for seven days outside the camp, and afterward she may be received again.”  So Miriam was shut up outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on until Miriam was received again (Numbers 12: 10-15, NASB).

The Widow’s Son Brought Back to Life

Now it came about after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became sick; and his sickness was so severe, that there was no breath left in him.  So she said to Elijah, “What do I have to do with you, O man of God?  You have come to me to bring my iniquity to remembrance, and to put my son to death!”  And he said to her, “Give me your son.”  Then he took him from her bosom and carried him to the upper room where he was living, and laid him on his own bed.  And he called to the LORD and said, “O LORD my God, hast Thou also brought calamity to the widow with whom I am staying, by causing her son to die?”  Then he stretched himself upon the child three times, and called to the LORD, and said, “O LORD my God, I pray Thee, let this child’s life return to him.”  And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah, and the life of the child returned to him and he revived (I Kings 17: 17-21, NASB).

The Shunammite Woman’s Son Raised from Death

When Elisha came into the house, behold the lad was dead and laid on his bed.  So he entered and shut the door behind them both, and prayed to the LORD.  And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth and his eyes on his eyes and his hands on this hands, and he stretched himself on him; and the flesh of the child became warm.  Then he returned and walked in the house once back and forth, and went up and stretched himself on him; and the lad sneezed seven times and the lad opened his eyes (2 Kings 4: 32-35, NASB).

Naaman Healed of Leprosy

So Naaman came with his horses and his chariots, and stood at the doorway of the house of Elisha.  So Elisha sent him a messenger, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored, and you will be clean.”  But Naaman was angered and walked away, saying, “I thought he would surely come out to me, stand and call on the Name of Adonai his God, and wave his hand over the spot and cure the tza’arat.  Aren’t Amanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel?  Couldn’t I wash in them and be clean?”  So he turned and went away in a rage.  But his servants approached him and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something difficult, would you not have done it?  How much more then, when he told you only to ‘Wash and be clean’?”  So, he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God.  Then his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean (2 Kings 5: 9-14, TLV).

Hezekiah’s Life Extended

In those days Hezekiah became mortally ill.  So Isaiah the prophet son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says ADONAI: Put your house in order.  For you are dying, and will not live.”  Then he turned his face to the wall and prayed to ADoNAI saying: “Please, ADONAI, remember how I have walked before You in truth and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in Your eyes.”  And Hezekiah wept bitterly.  Then it came to pass, before Isaiah was gone out of the middle court, that the word of ADONAI came to him, saying: “Return, and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, thus says ADONAI, the God of your father David: ‘I have heard  your prayer and I have seen your tears. Behold, I am going to heal you.  On the third day you will go up to the HOUSE of ADONAI.  Then I will add 15 years to your life (2 Kings 20: 1-6a, TLV).

HEALING IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

Yeshua Heals a Leper

When He came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him.  And a man with tza’arat came to Him and bowed down before Him, saying, “Master, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”  Yeshua stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing.  Be cleansed.”  Immediately his tza’arat was cleansed (Matthew 8: 1-3, TLV).

Yeshua Heals Peter’s Mother-in-Law and Others

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The Ruins of Simon Peter’s House are underneath the modern structure above.
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Actual ruins of St. Peter’s House in Capernaum

And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.  And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.  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: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses (Matthew 8: 14-17, KJV).  [See also Isaiah 53: 4, 5; 1 Peter 2: 24; Mark 1: 29-34; Luke 4: 38-41.]

Yeshua Casts Out Demons

And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.  And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God?  art thou come hither to torment us before the time?  And there was a good way off from them a herd of many swine feeding.  So the devils  besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.  And he said unto them Go.  And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters (Matthew 8: 28-32, KJV).  [See also Mark 5: 1-13 and Luke 8: 26-36.]

Yeshua Heals a Paralytic

And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.  And, behold , they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.  And, behold, certain of the  scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.  And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?  For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.  And he arose, and departed to his house (Matthew 9: 1-7, KJV).  [See also Mark 2: 1-12.]

Yeshua Heals a Woman Suffering From Bleeding

While Jesus was saying this, a Jewish official came to him, knelt down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died; but come and place your hands on her, and she will live.”  So Jesus got up and followed him, and his disciples went along with him.  A woman who had suffered from severe bleeding for twelve years came up behind Jesus and touched the edge of his cloak [prayer shawl].  She said to herself, “If only I touch his cloak, I will get well.”  Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage my daughter!  Your faith has made you well.”  At that very moment the woman became well.  Then Jesus went into the official’s house.  When he saw the musicians for the funeral and the people all stirred up, he said, “Get out, everybody!  The little girl is not dead–she is only sleeping!”  Then they all started making fun of him.  But as soon as the people had been put out, Jesus went into the girl’s room and took hold of her hand, and she got up (Matthew 9: 18-25, GNT).  [See also Mark 5: 21-43 and Luke 8: 40-56.]

Yeshua Heals Two Blind Men

Jesus left that place, and as he walked along, two blind men started following him.  “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” they shouted.  When Jesus had gone indoors, the two blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I can heal you?”  “Yes, sir!” they answered.  Then Jesus touched their eyes and said, “Let it happen, then, just as you believe!” and their sight was restored (Matthew 9: 27-30a, GNT).

Yeshua Heals a Man’s Paralyzed Hand

Jesus left that place and went to a synagogue, where there was a man who had a paralyzed hand.  Some  people were there who wanted to accuse Jesus of doing wrong, so they asked him, “Is it against our Law to heal on the Sabbath?”  Jesus answered, “What if one of you has a sheep and it falls into a deep hole on the Sabbath?  Will you not take hold of it and lift it out?  And a human being is worth much more than a sheep!  So then, our Law does allow us to help someone on the Sabbath.”  Then he said to the man with the paralyzed hand, “Stretch out your hand.”  He stretched it out, and it became well again, just like the other one (Matthew 12: 9-13, GNT).  [See also Mark 3: 1-6, Luke 6: 6-11, and Luke 14: 1-4.]

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The foundation stones of the original synagogue in Capernaum.

Yeshua performed most of his miracles in the towns around the Sea of Galilee.  Capernaum  is beside the Sea of Galilee.  Jesus spoke in the synagogue in Capernaum and may have healed the man with the paralyzed hand there.  The synagogue in Capernaum is a stone’s throw from St. Peter’s house.  (Another synagogue is on the site of the foundation stones of the original synagogue.  See below.)

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Today this ancient synagogue in Capernaum sits on top of the site where Jesus taught.

Yeshua Heals Blind Bartimaeus

And they came to Jericho.  And as He and His disciples and a large crowd were going out from Jericho a blind beggar, Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting beside the road.  And when he heard it was Y’shua of Nazareth he began to cry out and to say, “Son of David!  Y’shua!  You must right now have mercy on me!”  And many were rebuking him so that he would be silent but he was crying out much more, “Son of David, You must right now have mercy on me!”  Having stopped, Y’shua said, “Call him.”  And they summoned the blind man saying to him, “Be cheerful!  Rise, He is calling you.”  And responding to him Y’shua said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”  And the blind man said to Him, “My Rabbi, that I would regain my sight.”  And Y’shua said to him, “You must now go, your faith has delivered you.”  And immediately he regained his sight and was following Him on the way (Mark 10: 46-52, The One New Man Bible).  [See also Luke 18: 35 and Mark 10: 46-52 and Matthew 20: 29-34.]

Yeshua Raises a Widow’s Son From the Dead

Then it happened on the next day He was going into a city called Nain, and His disciples and a great crowd were going together with Him.  And as He approached the gate to the city, then behold an only son of his mother, who died, was being carried out, and she was herself a widow; and a crowd of that city was with her.  And when He saw her, the Lord had pity upon her and said to her, “Stop Crying!”  Then when He went over He touched the bier, and those bearing it stood still, and He said, “Young man, I say to you, you must rise immediately!”  Then the dead boy sat up and began to speak, and He gave him to his mother (Luke 7: 11-15, The One New Man Bible).

Yeshua Heals a Crippled Woman

And He was regularly teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbaths.  And behold there was a woman who had a spirit of sickness eighteen years and she was bent over and not able to stand fully erect.  And when Y’shua saw her He called out and said to her, “Ma’am, you have been set  free from your sickness,” and He placed His hands on her: and she was immediately straightened up and was glorifying God (Luke 13: 10-13, The One New Man Bible).

Yeshua Heals Ten Lepers

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.  As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him.  They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”  When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”  And as they went, they were cleansed (Luke 17: 11-14, NIV).

Yeshua Heals the Royal Official’s Son

Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine.  And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum.  When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.  “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”  The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”  Jesus replied, “You may go.  Your son will live.”  The man took Jesus at his sword and departed.  While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living.  When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.”  Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.”  So he and all household believed (John 4: 43-53, NIV).

Yeshua Heals an Invalid at Bethesda in Jerusalem

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The remains of Bethesda, a pagan pool in Jerusalem connected with the so-called god of medicine.  The plaque near the bottom of the photo explains this.

Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.  Here a great number of disabled people used to lie–the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.  One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.  When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”  “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred.  While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”  Then Jesus said to him, “Get up!  Pick up your mat and walk.”  At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked (John 5: 2-9, NIV).

What was the invalid doing at the Pool of Bethseda to begin with?  It was pagan, dedicated to a pagan god.  Why had the man been going there year after year for healing instead of going to God’s temple? One thing is for certain.  After Yeshua healed him, the man went to the Temple of the Lord nearby and gave glory to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel.

Yeshua Heals a Man Blind From Birth at the Pool of Siloam

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Small Portion of the Pool of Siloam

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  “Neither this man nor his parents sinned” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.  As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me.  Night is coming, when no one can work.  While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”  Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.  “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means Sent).  So the man went and washed, and came home seeing (John 9: 1-7, NIV).

 

*This is not a complete list of the healing miracles in the Bible.  For example, Yeshua healed others, including (but not limited to) the centurion’s servant, and raised Lazarus from the dead.    In Acts Yeshua’s followers were empowered to heal and perform signs and wonders following Pentecost.  Those scriptures will be examined in a future blog.

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