In previous posts I’ve tried to address what scripture says about God’s will regarding healing, to see what kind of foundation we have to believe that He wants His people in health.
So far I’ve given mostly New Testament references, however there are many in the Old Testament. Rather than address selections individually, I’ll provide links to several after this post.
However, I consider the quote I give below embraces and confirms everything else that could be said about God’s healing and the physical well-being of His people.
I tried to emphasise, as much as possible (uppercase, bold, italics), what I see as the they key phrase in the quote.
This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. NOW CHOOSE LIFE, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life… (Deut 30 19-20)
God starts this section by saying he has set before the people of Israel clear choices.
Life or death.
Blessings or curses.
However He doesn’t merely offer them the choice, then step aside to let them consider it. He continues with a command – HIs choice – HIs will for them.
HE tells them “NOW CHOOSE LIFE”.
Any other choice is NOT God’s will for them. HIS will is NOT the death of His people.
He continues with the reasons why they should choose life:
so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.
He then makes a statement that I understand is echoed in Paul’s later words to the Philippians, that I have used as the theme for this series of posts. “To live is Christ”.
He says: “For the LORD is your life”
Now some might try to dismiss the Deuteronomy quote as being part of the Old Covenant and related to the law given through Moses to the people of Israel, and therefore try to deem it as now irrelevant, outdated or superseded.
But the writer to the Hebrews takes care of those objections when he writes of the superior ministry of both Jesus and the covenant over which He is mediator:
the new covenant is established on better promises.
The New Covenant does not come with lesser promises and assurances than the Old. *
The New Covenant does not deny us the choice of life that God offered (commanded): A life lived to love Him , listening to His voice, and holding fast to Him.
For He IS our life, and to live IS Christ.
NOW CHOOSE LIFE!!!
* Also see Romans 10 and compare to the wider context of Deuteronomy 30. This confirms the continuing relevance under the new covenant, through Jesus.
OT healing references.
NOTE: The context for the following promises include conditions of obedience found in the full reference linked.
Exodus 15:26 “For I AM the LORD who heals you.”
Exodus 23: 25-26 “I will take away disease from among you…I will give you a full life span.”
Deuteronomy 7: 12-15 “The LORD will keep you free from every disease.”
Psalm 91: 14-16 “With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
Psalm 103: 1-3 “Praise the LORD… Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.”
Psalm 107: 17-21 “He sent out His word and healed them; He rescued them from the grave.”
Proverbs 4: 20-24 “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.”
Isaiah 53: 4-5 “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (refer also Matthew 8: 16-17 and 1 Peter 2:24 for confirmation of the continuing relevance of the Isaiah prophecy. Particularly note that Matthew makes it clear it refers to physical healing and not merely a spiritual application as some now insist.)
Psalm 119 has many references to God’s promises of health and life – as an outcome of obedience to His word. (“preserve my life according to your word”, “Your promise preserves my life”, “give me understanding that I may live”.