Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Healed for His glory
“Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord…” 2 Kings 20:2
Just after Judah won its independence, and before Sennacherib was assassinated, King Hezekiah became sick. As he lay on his deathbed, worried about what would happen, the Lord sent the prophet Isaiah with the message that Hezekiah must put his affairs in order. Hezekiah was struck with grief, as the death of a king would prompt an attack. Hezekiah’s death would bring about political instability with no heir to the throne. Hezekiah prayed for healing, and the Lord answered his prayer immediately by granting him full recovery.
When prophets gave people instructions, they typically proved that their words were from the Lord by giving a sign. Isaiah told Hezekiah that the shadow on King Ahaz’s sundial would move backwards ten notches. When this happened, Hezekiah was assured and he did what was needed. He recovered from his sickness and reigned as the king for another 15 years.
When God walked the face of the earth through His incarnate son, He did so to identify with us and feel our pain and suffering. Bible records the healing ministry of Jesus in great detail. Jesus heals to demonstrate His Fathers Glory: “Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them. So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.” (Matthew 15:30,31)
Jesus heals because he is compassionate: “Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him” (Mark 1:41) Jesus heals to fulfill his Father’s will: “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” (John10: 37,38)
Jesus heals through reconciliation: “Surely He has borne our grieves. And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 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” (Isaiah 53:4,5)
Jesus heals to destroy the work of the evil one: “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” Acts 10:38
Prayer: Lord Jesus bring your healing to my heart so that your Glory may be shown through me. Amen
Dr. Derry Rajan, Long Island MTC. NY.