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by Don Costello
7/27/2011 / Bible Studies
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
1. "And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes"
a. As previously stated this verse is divided into the three parts mentioned at the end of the previous verse. In this portion we can clearly see the definition of a "statute", a prescribed limit, boundary or condition. The boundaries must be kept, the conditions must be met, the decrees must be obeyed, in order to be entitled to receiving the ordinance. The "statute" reveals what we must do, our responsibility.
2. "I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians:"
a. Before we continue the discussion of the three parts of these two verses, we must understand the above sentence in light of Biblical/Covenantal language.
1). Sickness and disease and death came into the world because of Adam's sin.
a). Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
2). Sickness and disease is defined in the New Testament as a tool of the devil.
a). Luke 13:10-16 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.
The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?
b). Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
3). Healing is provided in both the Old and New Covenants.
b. Within Biblical language there is an assumption of responsibility by God because He is the Creator. He created everything in the spiritual and the physical and the laws governing it all. He created the laws that govern the physical universe, such as the law of gravity. He also created the laws that govern the spiritual, such as the law of reaping and sowing. When people violate those laws, through their own free will that God has given them, there is an assumption of responsibility by God because He is the Creator, even though He personally is not actually doing the act..
1). In Exodus 7:3, 13 God said He was going to harden Pharoah's heart, and yet in Exodus 8:15, 32 it says Pharoah hardened his own heart.
2). In Isaiah 6:9, 10 it refers to Israel, whose heart and ears are seemingly prevented from hearing and seeing and ultimately receiving conversion and healing. Yet Jesus said in Matthew 13:13-15 that these people hardened their own heart through disobedience.
3). Finally in Romans 1:18-32 we see the laws, the boundaries, that God has ordained and we see process of mans disobedience that causes of maladies because of man's sin. Man persist in engaging in sin, and God not violating mans free will, allows it, and man descends into bondage to the sin. This process is described as God "giving man up to sin."
b. In this portion of the verse we can see the definition of "ordinance", a decision or execution of judgment that occurs when the conditions are met. The execution of the judgment is, "I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians:" Again, this is spoken from the perspective of God as Creator and His assumption of responsibility.
3. "or I am the LORD that healeth thee."
a. LORD [3068 * Jehovah] the self-existent or eternal one, the National Jewish name for God.
b. healeth [7495 * rapha'] to mend, to cure, to heal, physician, repair.
1). Some writers declare, The LORD our Doctor. The LORD our Healer.
c. This is one of the seven Redemptive names of God.
1). Jehovah-Jireh: "the Lord will provide" (Genesis 22:13,14). i.e., will provide a sacrifice.
2). Jehovah-Rapha: "the Lord that healeth" (Exodus 15:26).
3). Jehovah-Nissi: "the Lord our banner" (Exodus 17:8-15).
4). Jehovah-Shalom: "the Lord our peace," or "the Lord send peace" (Judges 6:24).
5). Jehovah-Ra-ah: "the Lord my shepherd" (Psalm 23.).
6). Jehovah-Tsidkenu: "the Lord our righteousness" (Jeremiah 23:6).
7). Jehovah-Shammah: "the Lord is present" (Ezekiel 48:35).
My name is Don Costello. Ever since I received Christ in November of 1976 I have had a passion to study and know God's word.My wife Melissa and I have 5 children.
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