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SUNDAY Jan 25, 2020

Healing in the Minor Prophets 1

Introduction:     Remember there are principles we need to see as well as verses that mention healing. We are looking at what the OT prophets said and what some of them did. We are seeing miracles that happened that also produced miracles and healings in their life. We need to understand how they did that so we can have it in our life. So when we do that we will see the power they had and they did not have the Holy Spirit but we do!

Focus Scripture   Dan 6:9-16 9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee


This is a principle that w should follow in every area of our life. We need to pray no matter what the consequences. We should pray not because of what we want or what the government says. We should pray because of what God says. God wants us to pray. Let God worry about the outcome.   God is the source and Daniel knew that. God saved Daniel from the lion’s den. God has to be more important to us than anything man can do to us.   The issue is who is God to us! When we want healing how much do we believe in our prayers! Do we believe that when we pray the answer will be a yes or no?  This was his attitude!


Daniel was one of the captives that went to Babylon.   Daniel was a contemporary of Jeremiah and Ezekiel went with him including the 3 Hebrew children.  Daniel was a dreamer and could interpret dreams. Daniel had unique gifts.  They were able to do things that many others cannot even today!  Daniel was an exceptional prophet and looked into the end times for much of his writing is connected with the book of Revelation.
 

 1:12-16 12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.13 Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king's meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat.16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.


 They did not eat the king’s food but ate the food that the Jewish people eat. It was a command of God and they obeyed God so in doing so they were made healthier. Health is in part due to speaking God’s word but it is also due to eating good and exercise. Many of us have problems with the exercise part. Today we know this but back then they did not. So they did things by revelation of the Spirit of God. We need to listen to the Spirit of God and they did so their immune system was better then those of the Babylonians.  They saw the results and because of the results could continue to eat the pulse!Pulse was a combination of  lentils chickpeas and beans. 
 

3:20-28 20 And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.22 Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flames of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.


 There was no smell of smoke on them. They not only were delivered from the furnace but there were no after effects. God brought a miracle and many miracles also include healing.  Here deliverance came but they had a right mind before God and also were able to be healed of smoke inhalation from being in the furnace. The people who threw them in were killed instantly. Healing was instant for his children. Do you desire instant healing? God wants you well instantly!  The king recognized this and changed the king’s word!


10:16-18 16 And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength.17 For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me.18 Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me,
 

There are times you are weak and cannot function well! You do not feel like you can get up or do anything. When you feel like that and are strengthened you need to praise God for that also is a healing!  We need to find more reasons to praise God and not less!  Daniel felt no strength because he was in the presence of an angel who came from the presence of God. Yet the touch of the angel immediately strengthened him. God’s power went into him. The word of God should strengthen you  even when the presence of God drains you!


Hosea- was a contemporary with Joel, Jonah and Amos. That does not infer they knew each other though. He prophesied between 750 –about 722 BC.  That makes him one of the oldest of the Minor Prophets. His life was a prophecy because his marriage was an illustration for how God felt about Israel. He was married to Gomer and God told him to go marry that whore.  Imagine if your life was under God’s microscope!
 

6:1 Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
 

Return and God will heal you. We may think that God is mad at us but God is not mad at you. IF you were locked in a room would you be bound or free? The answer depends on whose room you are in! God says I will heal you. He sent Jesus to the cross to be smitten on our behalf. So he said I will heal you. I will heal you because I took your place! Since I took your place you can be healed!


11:1-3 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.2 As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.3 I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them.


 This is a Messianic Scripture and God moved all of Israel to bring this one Scripture to make it happen.  The wise men came to prepare the whole family for this one event. God wants to do things for you and will move Heaven and Earth to get the promise of his Word to you! Sometimes we will not realize that God heals us. Ephraim was a child of Joseph and one of the tribes who settled on the other side of the Jordan. God wants you to know his works! They went to false gods and we do too. They may not be idols but we have things we put before God!   When we do that then we cannot go to him for what He provides!


14:4 4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.
 

 In the NT we are either in Him or not in Him. Back then they had the law and they could fall away. In the OT it says that God is married to the backslider! Here it says that he will heal the backslider. So many think that if they ever commit a sin they must have backslidden from God!  I will heal them so they will not backslide. I will heal them in their mind and spirit so they will not backslide! Healing sometimes involves deliverance!


Joel   some think that he was a contemporary of Hosea, Amos and Jonah.  However, some think that he was a contemporary of Ezekiel Daniel and Jeremiah.  Joel had prophecies that looked forward to the church and the end times.  He also dealt with the day of the Lord!


 2:19-20 19 Yea, the Lord will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen:20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.


This passage does not mention the word healing, so why is it here? The concept of healing is here! God will send corn and wine and oil. Oil represents the Holy Spirit. God is send you wine representing the blood and corn so food and the sacrifice and God will live in you.  When you have that then your spirit will be satisfied and you no longer will be a reproach! When you spirit is right before God then your body responds to the Word and you will be healed!
 

2:27-29 27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.


This verse was quoted by St. Peter on the day of Pentecost for the church was born on this verse! So all the wonders of the book of Acts were based on this verse! SO the healings, miracles, deliverance and everything that was done since that day!  SO we can be healed because the Spirit is poured out on my flesh. We can be healed by prophesying and by our dreams and visions. Men or Women it makes no difference for God is no respecter of persons, for God wants to pour out his spirit and do great miracles and healings in our life!
 

 3:2121 For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the Lord dwelleth in Zion.
 

When we see the word cleansing it can also be a healing.  For some a cleansing can be a miracle!  God cleansed us with his blood! God is alive and dwells in Zion! God is alive in the inside of my heart so I can have healing flow through me to heal every part of my life and those that I come in contact with on a daily basis!


Amos was a shepherd like King David and our Savior Jesus , Abraham and many other OT greats! Amos was a contemporary of Hosea and Isaiah.  Amos is considered the first prophetic book of the Bible and prophesied during the reign of  Uzziah and Jeroboam along with Isaiah. Amos was from Tekoa but even though he lived in Judah he ministered in the northern kingdom!
 

3:3 3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?


Agreement is essential for prayer. We need to agree with someone to have healing. We need people to help us and to do that we need to walk with people who are likeminded and not those who disagree with us. This verse is a good Bible principle! We need to know the people we agree with! We need people in our life- who we can rely on! Those are the ones we need in our life!
 

3:7-8 7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.8 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?


What did he reveal to the prophets? HE revealed the crucifixion and the return of Jesus. He revealed the way time and place it would happen! HE revealed what must happen and that God wants you well! When we receive the Word of God it will work in our life! God wants you well so if I will walk in that then sickness cannot dwell in me!


4:5-6 5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the LordGod.6 And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.


When you need healing one of the best things to do is to give praise and thanks to the Lord!  I have given you clean teeth. All of you who need white teeth quote this verse. I have given you clean teeth. God wants every part of you well. I have kept you and made it so that you do not lack of food or want anything.  God wants you to have no lack for Heaven has no lack! Heaven is perfect and untouched by Satan or sin. Heaven shows us how things were when it started and how God wanted it to be! How it will be when Jesus returns for Jesus brings the kingdom of God to man!


Conclusion:  Do you want healing in your life? Do you want to know the principles of healing? When you speak forth based on the principles and speak the healing word then you will see based on that and that alone. The prophets of old spoke what God told them and they walked in a power many of us do not! These prophets were persecuted but to us persecution is losing 1 of 3 TVs!


Next week:     Healing in the Minor Prophets 2


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