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Rev. Carl H. Kemp, Pastor

Health and Healing

February 4, 2007


BIBLE READINGMatthew 15:1-20


(Mat 15:19 NIV)  For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

Mat 15:20 NIV These are what make a man 'unclean'; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him 'unclean.'"

 Spiritual health is more important than physical health. We work hard to keep our outward appearance attractive, but what is in our hearts is even more important. The way we are deep down (where others can’t see) matters much to God. What are you like inside? When people become Christians, God makes them different on the inside. He will continue the process of change inside them if they only ask. God wants us to have healthy thoughts and motives, not just healthy food and exercise.

When you are afflicted with a health problem, let God show His great strength to you. His power is greatest in our weakness.

(2 Corinthians 12:7 NIV)  To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.

(2 Corinthians 12:8 NIV)  Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.

(2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV)  But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

(2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV)  That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.


Sin is a terminal illness. God is the Great Physician.

(Jer 30:12 NIV)  "This is what the LORD says: "'Your wound is incurable, your injury beyond healing.

(Jer 30:13 NIV)  There is no one to plead your cause, no remedy for your sore, no healing for you.

(Jer 30:17 NIV)  But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,' declares the LORD, 'because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.'




Physical and/or mental malfunctions that limit human functions and lessen the quality of life. Successful treatment of disease depends primarily on prompt, correct diagnosis and the use of effective therapeutic agents. Unfortunately, people living in biblical times had limited means to diagnose and treat illness. The best-educated people in biblical times had a meager understanding of human anatomy and physiology and even less knowledge about the nature of disease and its effect on the body. No one knew about bacteria and viruses. This fact hampered diagnosis. Illness was often attributed to sin or to a curse by an enemy. The main diagnostic tools were observation and superficial physical examination. The physician had few aids to use in his work. There were no thermometers, stethoscopes, microscopes, x-ray machines, or electro-cardiograms. Laboratory techniques to examine the blood, urine, and other body fluids did not exist.

Few of the effective ways of preventing and treating disease that people take for granted today were available then. Immunization against disease was unknown. The discovery of antibiotics, vitamins, hormones, anesthetics, and most effective surgical procedures lay far in the future. Illness struck quickly with devastating results. Life expectancy was short.





 The condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; used especially for physical health. Neither Hebrew or Greek has a direct equivalent for our concept of health. Since a variety of terms are employed, English translations vary considerably in their use of the term health. The KJV has the most numerous references to health (17 times). Modern translations frequently replace health with other terms. The substitutions of the NRSV are typical. The most common substitution is healing for health (Prov. 3:84:2212:1813:17Isa. 58:8). Elsewhere the NRSV substituted well as a broader statement of well-being (Gen. 43:282 Sam. 20:9) or help (Psa. 42:1143:5) and saving power (Ps. 67:2) as more specific instances of God’s assistance. The NRSV substituted recovery for health at Jeremiah 33:6, though rendering the underlying Hebrew as health elsewhere (Jer. 8:2230:17) as in KJV. At Acts 27:34 the NRSV has “help you survive” in place of “for your health”.


The health wish of 3 John 2 is typical of Hellenistic letters . The basic Greek concept of health is what is balanced. Thus the Greeks frequently used the adjective “healthy” (hygies) to mean rational or intelligible. The adjective is frequently translated sound in the New Testament (1 Tim. 1:106:32 Tim. 1:134:3Titus 1:92:18).


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