The Lord Who Heals
Exodus 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put [permit] none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought [permitted] upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
For I am the Lord Who heals you. This study is on the subject of divine healing. And we will find that it is an enormous subject, with a vast number of scripture references that support the Biblical theme that God is a Healer Who has always had the desire to bring healing to mankind.
In the verse, the words ‘permit’ and ‘permitted’ have been added, because of studies made by Dr. Robert Young, the author of Young's Analytical Concordance as well as Hints To Bible Interpretation. According to Dr. Young “The original Hebrew of these scriptures was in the permissive tense, but because the English language has no corresponding permissive tense, the verbs were translated in the causative tense.”
In other words, God does not cause or put sickness on people. In the case of the Egyptians He permitted it, so as to bring judgment upon Egypt and to set His people free from Egyptian bondage.
But the nature of God has always been to heal and bring wholeness. And there is no better example than the ministry of Jesus.
Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
He went about doing good, and HEALING all who were OPPRESSED OF THE DEVIL. Why? Because God was with Him.
Notice that the Bible says that sickness is oppression of the devil. Healing is all that Jesus did. He healed people, He made people whole. He never made anybody sick. He never turned anyone down for healing. He never said that it was not God’s will to heal someone.
John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
Jesus came to the earth to show us the Father, to reveal to us the nature of God. If He had not come, we would not know how the Father is, or what He is like.
But Jesus is the perfect representation of how the Father is. The way of Jesus illustrates to us how the Father is. If we have seen Jesus, we have seen the Father.
Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the EXPRESS IMAGE OF HIS PERSON, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
The Bible tells us that Jesus is the express image of God, the spitting image of His Father, we might say. And Jesus is the embodiment of healing and wholeness. That is what He is all about. He came to heal us and make us whole, spirit, and soul, and body.
Here’s an interesting thought. The Bible says that Jesus is the Word made flesh.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Jesus is the Word of God, the Living Word, Who was made flesh and dwelt among us. The word of God that we have in printed form, reflects Him. It was written and recorded to show us Who He is. He is on every page. The written word reveals to us the Living Word, the eternal One Who was with God in the beginning.
Remember the disciples who were on the road to Emmaus after Jesus had suffered the crucifixion? They did not recognize Him as he joined them and talked with them. But He revealed Christ to them in the scriptures.
Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
Later, when He broke bread with them, they recognized Him.
Luke 24:31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
Luke 24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
Jesus revealed to them the Living Word by way of the scriptures, the written word.
The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. And what did the Word do when He was made flesh? He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil.
Healing is in the Word of God.
Psalm 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
The Living Word Whom we have access to through the written word is the Healer. God’s word will heal us. He sent His word and healed them and delivered them. That has always been His method of healing, through His word, through faith in His word.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
God’s grace is accessed by us through faith, and faith is obtained by or comes to us by hearing the word of God. Both the faith and the grace are received from the word of God. He sent his word, and healed them.