STUDY: Redemption

I am studying healing right now, so it’s only right that I begin with the work of redemption. I realize this is not going to ‘interest’ everyone, but I sure wish it would. It is a great misunderstanding in the church today (at least in North America) on whether it is God’s will for His children to be healed. There will be multiple posts on this as I conduct my studies. Feel free to share your thoughts below.

Let’s first look at the Redemptive Names of God.

Jehovah Shammah – “The Lord is there, or present”

Jehovah Shalom – “The Lord our Peace”

Jehovah – Ra-Ah – “The Lord is my Shepherd”

Jehovah – Jireh – “The Lord will provide”

Jehovah – Nissi – “The Lord is our Banner”

Jehovah – Tsidkenu – “The Lord our Righteousness”

Jehovah – Rapha – “I am the Lord thy Physician” or “The Lord our Healer”

All of these Names of God are introduced to point towards the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross. So, why is it so easy for us to accept the Lord our Righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”),  but not the Lord our Healer?

1 Corinthians 10:11 tells us that the Old Testament was written, all these things happened, that we might understand the things of the New (Better) Testament. Many accept in Sunday School that God delivered the Israelite people from Egypt “with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among the tribes.” (Ps 105:37) How many believe that He would do the same today and heal all?

If we look back at what happened at the Fall – when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and sin entered the world-  we see the need for redemption begin. [As defined above – the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt.]

Genesis 3:8 “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord…”

Jehovah Shammah – The Lord is Present – was no longer natural.

Yet Jesus tells us, in Matthew 28:20, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”

We also read that man would now have to toil and labor for what he needed.

Jehovah Jireh – The Lord will Provide – was removed from the scene.

Verse 16 says, “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and they desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.  We see the first mention of pain {etseb (Heb)} because of the Fall.

Jehovah Rapha – The Lord our Healer – was now needed.

— More later — (I truly hope you stay with me on this journey. And, if you have studied this, share. Just know, I plan to thoroughly look at the Scriptures to find what the Word says. Wouldn’t it be something to conclude that healing IS the will of God?)

 

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