My mother passed away a year ago. I say “passed away” because I’m not at the point where I can say “died.” Jesus and the Apostle Paul used the term “asleep.” In I Thessalonians 4: 13-14, Paul wrote, “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow no, even as others which have no hope. For if we beleive that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him”(KJV).
My mother loved to play the piano, but the last few years of her life, she narrowed down her favorite pieces to two or three songs. The one she played the most was “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder.” She played it in every key. Mom would say to me, “How old am I?” I would tell her and she would say, “I can’t live much longer.” (She lived to be 97.)
Mom loved to ask questions–especially questions that are hard or impossible to answer. Many times she would ask, “Where is heaven?” I would say something like, “I don’t know. I guess it’s another dimension.” Actually, Mom wasn’t that interested in my answer; she just enjoy asking the question.
My mother told me that she wanted a graveside service, not a funeral. She gave me specific scriptures to be read and songs to sing at the service. The songs were “O God Our Help in Ages Past” and “Amazing Grace.” I added one more: “He Ransomed Me,” a song she wrote herself.
Her favorite Bible verse was James 4: 14. “For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” I wasn’t fond of the quote. I would say, “Mom, lets put the verse in context.” If I tried to read the verses after it, Mom would say, “I don’t want to hear it in context. I like it the way it is.”
Mom passed away December 8, 2015, and was cremated per her instructions. Her graveside service was held in Lynchburg, VA, the following April. Friends and relatives were given the opportunity to share their memories of my mother. I knew I had to say something, but what?
I had no idea what to say except that I idolized her. She was beautiful, a gifted pianist and painter, a wonderful mother, and a helpmate to my father, a Methodist minister. The night before the service, I was rummaging through her writings and drawings looking for inspiration when suddenly I came across a drawing of a staircase that appeared to be suspended in air. I gaped at Mom’s drawing. Now I knew what to say at her graveside service.
The preacher (my son-in-law) conducted the service, using the hymns and verses that Mom had requested and sharing his thoughts. When he asked if people would like to share their memories of Mom, I waited my turn.
I started by sharing Mom’s favorite verse then attempted to answer her question: “Where is Heaven?” The staircase she had drawn said it all. I read from Genesis 28: 10-17:
Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that palce to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! And behold, the LORD stood above it and said, “I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to the land. For I will not leave you unti I have done what I have promised you.” Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.” And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”
Isn’t it interesting that Jacob called Bethel the house of God and the gate of heaven? Bethel means “house of God.”
I suspect that Jacob’s ladder was more like a spiral staircase than a modern-day ladder. The Bible has a lot to say about heaven, a subject I’d like to explore in depth in a future post. Meanwhile, suffice it to say that heaven is where God is. And today my Mother is celebrating her first birthday in heaven.
A few days before my mother “fell asleep,” she saw Jesus and let me know it. Around 4 p.m. on the 8th of December, during the Feast of Dedication or Festival of Lights (John 10: 22-28), her spirit left her body and she climbed the spiral staircase.
The phrase “Valley of Jehoshaphat” occurs only twice in the Bible, both in the third chapter of the Book of Joel. Jehoshaphat was a good king because he obeyed God’s commandments, walked in His ways, and did not follow the false gods Baal and Asherah. He defeated the enemies of Judah and Israel in a valley–perhaps the valley that Joel refers to as the Valley of Jehoshaphat. (You can read about King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 17-20.)
The name Jehoshaphat means “the LORD judges.” The English Standard Version of the Bible, introduces Joel 3 with the heading “The LORD Judges the Nations.” Consider verses 1 and 2 below:
“For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land.”
Where is the Valley of Jehoshaphat? The Valley of Jehoshaphat is believed to be the Kidron Valley. The Kidron Valley runs between the Mount of Olives and the Temple Mount. I took some photos in Jerusalem last winter in that area (see below). Look for the drop between the Mount of Olives and the Temple Mount. That’s the Kidron Valley.
The Kidron Valley contains a number of tombs, including the tomb or pillar of Absalom. “The valley of the shadow of death” in Psalm 23 is beleived to be the Kidron Valley.
Yeshua was in Jerusalem when he compared religious hypocrites to “white washed tombs, which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness” (Matthew 23: 27, NASB). The metaphor might have been inspired by the “white washed tombs” in the Kidron Valley.
Today is October 24 on the Gregorian calendar, but it is Tishrei 22 on the Biblical calendar. Tishrei is the seventh month. The Fall Feasts–Yom Teruah (Trumpets), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), and Sukkoth (Tabernacles/Booths)–take place in the month of Tishrei.
Today is significant because it is the last day–the eight-day–of the Feast of Booths, and it ends at sunset. Jesus was in Jerusalem on this day about 2000 years ago because Booths was one of the three feasts that required Jewish men to come to Jerusalem.
John 7: 1-53 gives an account of Jesus’ trip to Jerusalem for the Feast of Booths and what transpired during that time. Jesus went to Jerusalem in secret because some were seeking to kill him, but during the middle of the festival, he began speaking openly in the Temple, causing no small stir. You can read about that in verses 14-36.
I’m especially interested in verses 37-53 because they describe the 8th day of the Feast of Booths, which happens to be today. Verses 37-39 set the stage.
37 “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.
38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.’
39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified (NASB).
THE CROWD QUESTIONS JESUS’ IDENTITY
40 When they heard these words, some of the crowd said, “This man really is the Prophet.”
41 Others were saying, “This is the Messiah.” Still others were saying, “The Messiah doesn’t come from the Galilee, does He?
42 Didn’t the Scripture say that the Messiah comes from the seed of David and from Bethlehem, David’s town?”
43 So a division arose in the crowd because of Yeshua.
44 Some wanted to capture Him, but no one laid hands on Him(TLV).
AUTHORITIES DISPUTE JESUS’ IDENTITY
45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him?
46 The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.
47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?
48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?
49 But this people who knoweth no the law are cursed.
50 Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,)
51 Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?
52 They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.
53 And every man went unto his own house (KJV).
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, raised in Nazareth, and performed most of his miracles in the area of Galilee. He followed the Law of Moses and participated in all of the feasts outlined in Leviticus 23. The Feast of Tabernacles celebrates the Hebrews’ 40 years of living in the wilderness in temporary booths or shelters called “sukkahs” with God dwelling among them. Many Messianic Jews and gentiles believe that the Feast of Tabernacles is a dress rehearsal for the Wedding Feast of the Lamb and His Bride. In fact, the sukkah uncannily resembles the structure in Jewish weddings that the bride and groom stand beneath.
Studying and participating in God’s Appointed Times (Leviticus 23) is an eye-opening experience for the believer. Celebrating God’s Appointed Times is not for Jews only but also for gentiles (“the wild olive branch”) that are grafted in.
Jesus fulfilled the Spring Feasts (Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Shavuot/Pentecost) with his First Coming, and He will fulfill the Fall Feasts with His Second Coming. Zechariah 14: 16 tells us that “everyone that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles” (KJV). That’s the verse that prompted me, a gentile believer in the Messiah, to take God’s Appointed Times seriously
Ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?” Would he celebrate Tabernacles or Halloween?
Concerning the Feast of Tabernacles/Booths, it’s interesting to note that Peter suggested building three tabernacles–one for Jesus, one for Moses and and one for Elijah on the mountain where the transfiguration took place. (See Mark 9: 1-9). Although Peter’s remark seems fumbling and out of place, could it be that the transfiguration occurred around the time of the Feast of Tabernacles?
We cannot afford to be complacent. Only a great awakening can save America. A great awakening begins with repentance, and repentance begins in the house of God. “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7: 14, NKJV).
Today is Yom Teruah, Feast of Trumpets, the first of the Fall Feasts on God’s calendar (Leviticus 23). The Fall Feasts are a season of repentance.
JESUS IS LORD
Yeshua (Jesus) is not only our Savior; He is our King. Walk in obedience, pray for our nation, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem and be blessed (Psalm 122: 6).
This year Yom Teruah begins at sundown Sunday, October 2 and ends at sundown Monday, October 3.
GOD’S APPOINTED TIMES
God’s Appointed Times are His moadim, his holy convocations. God’s moadims are Shabbat, Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover and Unleavened Bread are often treated as one festival), First Fruits, Shavuot, Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot.
NO EXPLANATION FOR YOM TERUAH
Yom Teruah is the only moadim without an explanation in the Tenahk. Every other feast is explained in Leviticus 23 and elsewhere in the Tenahk. Passover and Unleavened Bread relate to the Hebrews’ Exodus from Egypt. Three of God’s moadims relate to the harvest: First Fruits (barley harvest), Shavuot (wheat harvest), and Sukkot. Yom Kipper is the Day of Atonement (a.k.a. the Day of Purging) and is associated with judgement.
God’s holy convocations are dress rehearsals. The spring feasts were fulfilled at the First Coming of the Messiah. Yeshua, our Passover Lamb, was crucified on Passover. He was in the tomb during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. He rose from the dead on First Fruits. He sent the Holy Spirit to empower His followers on Shavuot (Pentecost).
The fall feasts will be fulfilled at His Second Coming.
Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) is intriguing because it lacks an explanation in the Tenahk but suggests one in the B’rit Chadashah (New Testament). “Adonai spoke to Moses saying: ‘Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, saying: in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you are to have a Shabbat rest, a memorial of blowing (Shofaot), a holy convocation. You are to do no regular work, and you are to present an offering made by fire to Adonai'”(Leviticus 23: 23-25, (TLV).
We learn from Leviticus that Yom Teruah occurs in the seventh month, it’s a no-work day, and the shofar (ram’s horn) is blown. Why? The Tenahk is silent.
(NOTE: Yom Terauh is not Rosh Hashanah. Many celebrate Rosh Hashanah, meaning “the head of the year,”on the same day as the Feast of Trumpets. Rosh Hashanah is not mentioned in the Torah.)
THE DAY THAT NO MAN KNOWETH
Yom Teruah is known as “the day that no man knows.” In other words, no one knows the day or the hour when the new moon will appear. “The day that no man knows” is a Jewish idiom, or expression, referring to Yom Teruah. Sound familiar?
Yeshua said, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24: 36, KJV).
The Apostle Paul wrote in I Corinthians 15: 51-52, “Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed–in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last shofar. For the shofar will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed”(TLV).
Yom Teruah is also known as “the Day of the Shout.” Paul wrote in I Thessalonians 4: 16-17, “For the Lord Himself shall come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the blast of God’s shofar, and the dead in Messiah shall rise first” (TLV).
YOM TERUAH AND THE SECOND COMING OF YESHUA
We cannot know the day, the hour, or even the year when the Messiah will return, but we can know the season. Will He return during the Feast of Trumpets? Perhaps. Perhaps not. Regardless, be ready.
Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the land will mourn, and they will see ‘the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven’ with power and great glory. He will send out His angels with a great shofar, and they will gather together his chosen from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other (Matthew 24: 30-31, TLV).
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and lalnguages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed (Daniel 7: 13-14, KJV).
When the Apostle Paul writes about the gifts of the Holy Spirit in I Corinthians 12, he prefaces his list of the gifts with the following paragraph:
Jesus is Lord
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accused: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.(I Corinthians 12: 1-3, KJV).
If someone comes to you with a word from God, especially someone you don’t know, and you want to make sure that it is God who is speaking to you, 1 John 4: 1-3 provides a similar test to the ones above.
Jesus Christ Has Come in the Flesh
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth the Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of anti-christ, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world(KJV).
John’s warning was in regard to Docetism (similar to Gnosticism) one of the earliest heresies in the church. Docetists taught that Jesus was only a human being, not divine. They believed that the divine could not occupy a human body. John refutes these heresies not only in his letters but also in his gospel. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”(John 1: 1 KJV).
[We see examples in the Tanahk of God appearing in human form (Genesis 18: 1-22) and also angelic form (Judges 13: 1-23).]
Don’t make the mistake that everything supernatural is from God, and likewise, don’t assume that everything supernatural is from the devil and his minions. Do not call the things of God “demonic” (Matthew 12: 22-32). Sometimes Christians innocently confuse the counterfeit with the real thing and vice versus. Study the scriptures and pray for discernment and remember to “test” the spirits when in doubt.
Recently, I blogged about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The purpose of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is to unite believers–Jew and Gentile–into the body of the Messiah and to empower believers to demonstrate the gospel (through boldness, signs and wonders, etc.)
I Corinthians 12: 8-10 lists nine gifts of the Holy Spirit. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues(NASB).
Paul mentions additional gifts in Romans 12: 6-8. And having different gifts according to the grace given to us, whether prophecy according to the proportion of his faith, or ministry in his service, or the one who teaches in the teaching, or the one who encourages in encouragement: the one who shares, in sincerity without grudging, the protector or guardian giving aid in diligent eagerness, the one who is merciful in cheerfulness. (The One New Man Bible).
The gifts of the Holy Spirit go hand in hand with the fruit of the Spirit. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5: 22, NIV).
A believer that exercises the gifts of the spirit without the fruit of the spirit is guilty of pride–a sense of one-upmanship. It is no coincidence that the Apostle Paul sandwiches I Corinthians 13 (the “love chapter”) between I Corinthians 12 and 14. In Chapter 12, Paul names the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In Chapter 14, he examines the gifts of the Spirit in greater depth and explains how the gifts should operate within cooperate worship. In Chapter 13, he emphasizes that the gifts of the Spirit will not have the desired effect of unifying believers unless the gifts are exercised in love.
Paul defines love as “patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail” (I Corinthians 13: 4-7, GNT).
Chapter 13 is often read at weddings–and appropriately so. But it is important to remember that when put into context, Chapter 13 refers to exercising the gifts of the Holy Spirit in love. Otherwise, the gifts of the Spirit are ineffective as Paul explains in I Corinthians 13: 1-3. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity [love], I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing(KJV).
The gifts and the fruit of the Holy Spirit are just as important today as they were two thousand years ago. Every believer baptized in the Holy Spirit has at least one spiritual gift. Sadly, so much controversy has surrounded the gifts of the Spirit (especially tongues) that many are hesitant to explore–much less exercise–their gifts.
Paul directs the Corinthians (and all believers) to “pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy” (I Corinthians 14: 1, NASB). In that one sentence, all three phrases stand out. “Pursue love.” That’s something we often neglect as believers. “Desire earnestly spiritual gifts.” Maybe you’re waiting for God to “zap” you with a gift that’s out of your comfort zone, but he urges us to desire the gifts. The last phrase is a jaw-dropper. “That you may prophesy.” What? We all can prophesy? (I Corinthians 14: 1-5.) That’s a discussion for another day.
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
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.]
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.)
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
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
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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