Is Rafa-El the Healer who Ordains Disease?

Recently I read an article in a magazine about a Christian man who died from a debilitating disease.  He made two comments in his auto-biography:  “God ordained this disease for my life” and “learn from the lessons God has taught me through giving me this disease.”

God does not ordain disease.  He does not give disease.  His name is Rafa El, the God of Healing.  YHVH is a Healer.  He heals sickness and disease.  Consider His benefits in Psalm 103: forgiveness, healing, redemption, love, compassion, fulfilled desires and a renewed youth.

“Praise the LORD, my soul;  all my inmost being, praise his holy name.  Praise the LORD, my soul,  and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,  who redeems your life from the pit  and crowns you with love and compassion,  who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:1-5).

Forgiveness and Disease

“Yeshua stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town.  Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat.  When Yeshua saw their faith, he said to the man, ‘Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.

At this, some of the teachers of  the Torah said to themselves, ‘This fellow is blaspheming!’

Knowing their thoughts, Yeshua said, ‘Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?  Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.’  So he said to the paralyzed man, ‘Get up, take your mat and go home.’  Then the man got up and went home” (Matthew 9:1-7).

Yeshua healed this man first by saying that his sins were forgiven.  This astonished the people watching and so  he asked two questions, “Which is easier to do?  Say your sins are forgiven or get up and walk?”  It becomes clear that in this case, that this paralyzed man could not walk because of sin in his life.  There is no indication of the specific sin, but obviously there was something pretty severe that kept him lying on a mat.  Yeshua knew the sin, forgave the sin, and the man walked.  He experienced forgiveness, healing, redemption, love, compassion and his youth was renewed like the eagle’s!

Consider some of the interesting verses in Scripture that mention illness.   Most of the time we read these verses and do not consider that the consequences these heart issues have on our own physical bodies.  We are ignorant to the correlation.

“Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the one whose sin YHVH does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit (lying).  When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long” (psalm 32:1-3).   Could living a life of deception and lies cause your bones to waste away through groaning?

“Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy? (Proverbs 27:4).   Could jealousy have been the cause of the paralytic not being able to get off the mat?   Could jealousy keep you in bed?

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” (Proverbs 14:30).  Could bone cancer be caused by a spiritual root of envy? How about tooth decay?  A peaceful heart gives life to the body!

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24).  Speaking kindly to one another brings healing to the bones. Could it be that arthritis is caused by unkind words?

“I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall (bile).” (Lamentations 3:18).   Does bitterness cause problems with bile and the gall bladder?

“A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:8).  Could a double-minded man be what we consider paranoid schizophrenic?  Could this be the spiritual root of Attention Deficit Disorder?

“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear YHVH and shun evil.  This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones” (Proverbs 3:7-8).  If we are prideful against YHVH, does this mean we will be unhealthy and our bones will not be nourished?  What about leukemia and Hodgkin’s disease being unhealthy bone marrow?

“In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry and do not give the devil a foothold” (Ephesians 4:26).

Anger begins within the heart until there is sin: murder.

It goes something like this.  Someone sins against you.  You do not forgive.  Resentment grows due to unforgiveness.  Eventually, there is a desire to retaliate in some way.  This breeds the anger.  From anger, hatred follows until there is some sort of violence.  The violence can be either actual physical murder or murder with words or verbal abuse.

Do not give the devil this foothold.  Confess your sin of anger before the sun goes down.

Healing in the Body

Yeshua never used doctors nor sent anyone to a doctor.    Luke, a doctor, is never recorded as healing anyone.  There are no accounts of medications or drugs being used for healing.  On the contrary, Yeshua made mud pies with his spit for blind eyes.  He stuck his fingers in the ears of the deaf.  He used his hands to touch the unclean.

“Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight.  ‘He put mud on my eyes,’ the man replied, ‘an I washed, and now I see.” (John 9:15).

“Yeshua reached out his hand and touched the man, ‘I am willing,’ he said, ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy” (Matthew 8:3).

“Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.‘   Yeshua turned and saw her.  ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has healed you.’  And the woman was healed from that moment” (Matthew 9:22).

Healing from Demons

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 612).

“And also some women who had been curied of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out …” (Luke 8:2).

Yeshua also dealt with evil spirits that caused physical issues within the human body.   One example is found in Mark Chapter 9.  There is a boy who was thrown into a convulsion and foamed at the mouth.  This had been happening to the boy since childhood.  Today this would be described as an epileptic seizure, but Yeshua recognized it as a ‘deaf and mute spirit.’

“When Yeshua saw that a crowd was running to the scene (the boy was in a convulsion), he rebuked the impure spirit.  “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.  The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out.  The book looked so much like a corpse that many said, ‘He’s dead.‘  But Yeshua took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up” (Mark 9:25-26).

“When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill” (Matthew 8:16).

“They were amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, ‘What is this? A new teaching with authority!  He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him” (Mark 1:27).

Fear.  Fear is prevalent in the world everywhere.  It is in the wars and rumors of wars.  It is in the diseases and plagues that are promoted through the media and World Health Organization.    It is in the child abuse and abductions that fill the news.   It is in  celebrations like Halloween. Fear is a spirit that brings on anxiety attacks and all sorts of phobias.

Job feared and his very fears came upon him.  “For the things which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come upon me” (Job 3:25).

Fear is called a spirit and it is NOT from God.  If it’s not from our Father in heaven, it is of the evil one.

“For God did not give us a SPIRIT of fear, but a spirit of power (the Holy Spirit), love (Yeshua), and a sound mind (the Word).”

We must acknowledge the spirit of fear and deal with it through faith.  Rather than believing in things NOT hoped for and receiving them, we must have faith to overcome – power of the Spirit, the Word of God, and the love of Yeshua.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone YHVH make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8).

“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet” (Psalm 3:24).

“You will not fear the terror of night …” (Psalm 91:5).

Is it possible that sleepless nights are rooted in fear?  Is it possible that night terrors are spiritually rooted in fear?

“Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth …” (Luke 21:26).  Could heart attacks and high blood pressure could be cause by fear?

Go and Sin No More

“…The Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, ‘It is the Sabbath, the law forbids you to carry your mat.’  But he replied, ‘The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’  So they asked him, ‘Who is this man who told you to pick it up and walk?’  The man who was healed had no idea who it was for Yeshua had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

Later Yeshua found him at the temple and said to him, ‘See you are well again.  Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.’” (John 5:10-14).

Yeshua healed many people and told them to ‘go and sin no more.’  Why did he say that?  Was it possible?

Our God is a holy God.  He cannot be where there is sin and He will not heal just so we can keep on sinning.  If we have a sin of envy and it’s rotting our bones, He will not heal us unless we confess and repent of envy.  In this way, we no longer continue in our sin of envy and can be healed.

If there is bitterness in the heart of a person that is causing gall bladder issues, He will not heal the issues until that root of bitterness is healed.  It all comes from forgiveness – of ourselves, of others and even of God.

Yeshua’s words on the cross of forgiveness were held great significance for all of us forever.    He was crying out as he carried our sins and our iniquities that His Father would forgive us because we have no idea what we are doing to ourselves, to others and to our relationship with our Father.

“Then Yeshua said, ‘Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).

Yeshua didn’t heal everyone that came to him because he knew their hearts.  He knew that forgiven sin would free the body.   He knew that the healing would not last in a body held by sin. It would be like putting a band aid on a wound that is infected and contaminated.

“He could not do any miracles there, except lay hands on a few sick people and heal them.  He was amazed at their lack of faith” (Mark 6:5-6).

A Healing Feast

“Now the Feast of … Passover was approaching.  …When the hour had come, Yeshua reclined at the table, and the apostles with Him.  And He said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”

And when He had taken a cup and blessed it, He said, ‘Take this and share it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.’

And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’

And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood’ (luke 22:1, 14-20).

It is vitally important to realize that the memorial called ‘communion, remembering   ”the body and blood of our Lord” comes from Passover.   Luke 22 records the Passover that Yeshua celebrated with his disciples as including two cups of wine.   These two cups have purpose in the context of healing physically as well as spiritually.

The Cup of Sanctification

The first cup is called the Cup of Sanctification.  This is the cup Yeshua took and after he blessed it said,  “Take this and divide it among you.  For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes” (Luke 22:17).

Sanctification  or holiness (hagiasmos in Greek) is the process by which a person is incorporated ever more fully into the spiritual reality of Messiah,  being made more like Him and doing the will of the Father.  Sanctification is the desire to  remove from our lives those behaviors/sins that go against God’s commands so we begin to live Holy to Yahweh.  This holy character cannot be transferred or imputed, it is a personal process.

This was the meaning of the Parable of the Ten Virgins.  All ten had lamps, but only five had oil.  Those who had oil could not give their oil to the others who did not.  The wise virgins could not sanctify the foolish ones by sharing the oil.

The Bread of Passover

Then follows the bread of affliction in the Passover seder.    This is the unleavened bread that Yeshua broke at the Passover and said, “This is my body.”

Our iniquities caused Yeshua’s body to be crushed.  Iniquity is defined as the absence of moral or spiritual values.  It could be a synonym for sin, however, iniquity deals more with the character or nature of a person that results in sin.  Iniquity in the heart results in a sin action against another person.

Yeshua taught that the iniquity of lust resulted in adultery.  He taught the iniquity of anger resulted in murder.  He showed that the iniquity of unfaithfulness resulted in the  sin of adultery.

Our transgressions caused Yeshua’s body to be pierced.  Transgression can be defined as violating a law or a command.  In the case of the Bible, transgression is disobeying God’s commands.  Transgression is defined in 1 John 3:4 as sin.

After self-examination, our iniquities and sins are placed in His body.

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness, by his wounds you have been healed”(1 Peter 2:24).

The Cup of Redemption

The second cup Luke records after the seder is called the Cup of Redemption.  This is the cup which Yeshua took saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:20.)

When we drink the Cup of Redemption, our acknowledged sins are washed away.  They are completely removed by Yeshua’s blood through forgiveness. Forgiveness delivers us from a life of sin that leads to death – disease and illness.  Forgiveness in our lives brings healing.  Healing and restoration of body, soul and spirit is the completed goal of our Yeshua’s broken body and blood.

“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.  We all, like sheep, have gone astray,  each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:4-6).

Healing Memorial for Believers

Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.  A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.   For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.  That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment” (1 Corinthians 11: 27-31)

Examine Oneself – Body, Soul, and Spirit

“Examine me, YHVH, and prove me, try my reins and my heart” (Psalm 26:2).

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).

“Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul” (1 Peter 2:11).

I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder” (2 Corinthians 12:20).

“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; …drunkenness, orgies and the like” (Galatians 5:19-21).

“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. (2 Corinthians 7:1).

The first issue that Paul speaks about regarding the lack of health in the body is self-examination.  We are not to look at our outward sins, but the  iniquity in our hearts. These things separate us from God and do not allow healing in our lives to occur.  Once sins of the body, soul and spirit are recognized, we are to purify ourselves (repent), perfecting holiness (sanctification) out of reverence for God.

Recognizing the body of the Lord

“Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Messiah?  Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Messiah?  Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of one bread” (1 Corinthians 10:15-17).

The second issue that Paul speaks about regarding health in the physical body is  the lack of recognition of the spiritual body of Messiah.  We gather together in churches, schools, or homes, but do not deal with the interpersonal relationships we have with our brothers and sisters.  This means that when we have sinned against each other through anger, gossip, jealousy, immoral thoughts, lusts, pride, coveting, stealing, we need to acknowledge and say: “I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.”

We need to confess our sins to one another so that we can be healed.  “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed” (James 5:16).

It means that we need to seek restoration between our brothers and sisters BEFORE we leave our gift at the altar – sharing the bread and wine.   “Therefore, if you are offering your gifts at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar.  First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:;23,24).

The Judgment

The church doesn’t celebrate remember the two cups of wine as recorded by Luke. The only cup consumed in churches today is the Cup of Redemption for justification.   Sanctification and justification have been bound together in a theology that leaves believers saved, but not walking a life of holiness by ‘going and sinning no more.’

Believers do not understand the two cups of wine; they do not understand the fullness of what Yeshua’s broken body accomplished.  This means that believers do not nor cannot take this command seriously and examine their person: body, soul and spirit.  They are taking the wine and bread in an unworthy manner.  They are sinning against the body and blood of the Lord, and according to Paul,  the judgment is sickness, disease, and early death.

When we have unconfessed sin, our Father, through Yeshua’s broken body and blood,  will not and cannot heal us.  The consequences of iniquity and sin contamination from a lack of personal and corporate sanctification are huge: physical death.

Today the Body of Messiah is rampant with depression, bi-polar disorder, cancers, lupus, candida, and hundreds of other ailments that the medical profession create and define that attack our bodies.  Rather than looking into the deeper spiritual roots of disease and causes of these illnesses through self-examination for sin, the judgment of sickness, disease and early death infiltrate the body of Messiah.

Pastors and leaders, the modern-day priesthood,  do not understand the underlying spiritual connections of illness and they don’t allow those who have discernment to speak.   Leaders may anoint with oil for healing, but healing doesn’t occur because iniquity in the heart and the resulting sins aren’t brought to light for repentance.  The only relief for believers is to manage their illnesses through drugs or pharmakia (Greek) and medical maintenance.

Legalized drugs are out of control within the Body of Messiah.   Rather than confronting spirits and sins, leaders encourage people to pray for wise doctors with healing hands.  Illness is not healed by men, but by God.  Subsequently  more and more believers become involved in long term medical maintenance and drugs.  This leaves the Christian man with a family who died from a chronic disease believing that God ordained this disease for his life.  He has not been shown a better way of life – the life that Yeshua died to give him.

The Royal Priesthood

“He (Yeshua) called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness” (Matthew 10:1).  We as the royal priesthood, the sanctified ones have also been given authority to minister healing in the Kingdom of God.  Through the Rafa-El, Yeshua.

Then Yeshua ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them” (Matthew 8:4, Mark 1:44, Luke 5:14).

Disease was always understood and diagnosed by the Levitical priesthood.  Healing was confirmed by them, too.  It was the priests who determined when an ‘unclean’ person was ‘clean’ and could return to the community.

Yeshua honored the Torah commands and  sent those He healed to the priests for confirmation of the healing.  Along with the confirmation would be a testimony to Yeshua’s the healing of the whole person, body,  soul, and spirit.  This testimony was not only for the Levitical priesthood, but also to us as the royal priesthood. Yeshua wanted us to know that He is the Healer, the Rafa-El.

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24).

Yeshua forgave sins.  He healed broken bodies.  He set people free from demons.  He carried our sin burdens, our illnesses and diseases on the cross.  He gave us a prescription for healing in the Passover with the two cups of wine and the broken bread.   We have been given the path to live a life free of  sickness, disease and early death through self examination and confession of iniquity in our hearts.  We have been given bodies that are fearfully and wonderfully made.  We have been given the ultimate in health ‘insurance’ benefits through the Father, His Word, and Yeshua.

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but YHVH delivers him from them all …” (Psalm 34:19).

For more in-depth study and understanding into the spiritual roots of disease, read A More Excellent Way, Be In Health, by Henry W. Wright.

© 2003 jsixrock

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