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SERMON FOR NOV 17, 2019

Healing in the OT History 1


 

Introduction:     There is healing in the times of the kings and the times of judges. God wants us to know that there is never a time when he is not present. His miracles are also present throughout time. His healing is also present throughout all time. God is with man forever for God is a forever God. God will never leave man without a witness. Today we will look at the books of Joshua Judges and Ruth. Ruth mentions the unmentioned God in that book!


 

Focus  Scripture   Joshua 24:13-15 13 And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.14 Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

 

 


We will serve the Lord! Serving the Lord is so important for it helps us to receive the benefits we want and need from the Lord.  Serving the Lord means we must have a relationship with the Lord. You cannot expect something without knowing the person you are asking it from.  The idea here is to serve the Lord in truth and honesty or sincerity.  One of the first steps is to not have any other gods before you! When we put God first then we will get God to work on our behalf and learn how to receive the benefits we need!


Joshua - was the one chosen by Moses to replace him after he died. Joshua was the one who lead the children of Israel in many battles and was trained by Moses. So Joshua was chosen to succeed Moses. So Joshua was chosen specifically for the task of taking the Israel into the promised land and having the tribes occupy the land they were given to live in land.


History- Occupy the Land. The rule of Joshua was about the last 30 years of Joshua’s life. He ruled from about 1442- 1412 or so. Therefore Moses must have died about 1442 or so. They entered the Promised Land 1 month after Moses died for they mourned Moses for 30 days.  The first city they conquered was Jericho but sin in the camp prevented   victories (Achan). God had to be first!


Josh 14:6-13 6 Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the Lord said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadeshbarnea.7 Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadeshbarnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart.8 Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the Lord my God.9 And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children's for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the Lord my God.10 And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old.11 As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.12 Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said.13 And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance.
 

Health is one of the benefits that we have in Christ. Caleb said he did not have any sickness for 45 years. HE had no hospitals or medicine that he could take but walked in health since leaving Egypt. HE said he had no sickness for 45 years.  When you walk in Divine Health then you have no need for medicine for you have no sickness or disease in your life. You are walking in the benefits of Deut. 28 He believed the promise and accepted the promise. We can do the same for we have better promises since Christ paid for what we need at Calvary!  So walk in your covenant today!


Joshua 1:5-9 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
 

Do you want to have healing? Then walk in your covenant! This is how you do that! BE strong and of good courage and obey what the Word tells you.  Read the promises of God and call them yours! The Word of God is written to you and every promise belongs to you! The Word of God is God writing to you today so claim the promise that fits your situation. Claim your healing today!


Judges The Judges were given after the land was given to the Children of Israel until God raised up the Kings.  The judges were from Othniel until Samuel. Samuel was also a prophet and a priest and anointed the first 2 kings Saul and David.  The Judges were the ones who ruled over Israel. They were not elected but appointed to rule.  The Judges were mortals and also got into trouble but helped to bring deliverance from the enemies of Israel so that Israel would not fall into following idols!

 

Rule over Israel   14 Judges from Othniel to Samuel. There was only 1female judge (Deborah).  Other judges include: Samson, Ehud Jepthah  Gideon and  Eli. They reigned over Israel from about 1410 BC to 1043 BC.  Eli and Samuel were mentioned in the writings of Samuel. Samuel was the last judge but his 2 sons were also considered sons. Samuel was also the one who anointed the 1st 2 kings of Israel – Saul and David!


Judges 13:2-6 2 And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not.3 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name:
 

I pointed out last week that being barren needed healing. IT was a miracle but also a healing that took place. The mother was promised that she would have a miracle son who she named Samson. This was a child that was blessed of God.  IF you were barren then you needed healing. They had no doctors and their only option was healing. They had to go to God for he was the one option. Today we have too many options so we do not trust God like we should for it is easier to use medicine to solve issues.  So God heals so trust Him!


 Judges 16:26-30 26 And Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean upon them.27 Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport.28 And Samson called unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left.30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.
 

Samson was always troubled in his life. HE finally found a woman and she deceived him. Samson needed emotional help and he could not get it until he died. This was emotional healing for him. HE could not get healed on the inside until this day.  He said let me die with the Philistines. HE could not be happy for he failed his people. HE needed healing on the inside. So let us realize we need healing it does not matter where we need it God will provide it for us!


Ruth – Naomi was the mother and her husband was Elimelech and they had 2 sons Mahlon and Chilion. Naomi went to Moab after the death of her husband. Moab was one of the enemies of Israel, so it was a big deal when she came back from there! Chilion married Orpah and Ruth married Mahlon married Ruth. Only Ruth comes back with Naomi and it winds up that Ruth marries Boaz. IT is a great love story yet in the book we hear the term kinsman redeemer.  Ruth also contains the mystery of the unmentioned God for the name God is not mentioned in the book of Ruth!


Ruth 1:13-21 13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord is gone out against me.14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.15 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.19 So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?20 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.21 I went out full and the Lord hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?
 

 This was another example of healing on the inside. Naomi had lost her sons and only had daughter- in laws. She had no one to care for her because back then without sons you could not be provided for since women did not have authority like men did.  They could not make money or own anything for everything was through the men.  So she needed to have someone in her life. Her whole life was affected and she needed something for herself and her daughters. She felt depressed and needed healing for what was she to do?  She wanted to call herself Mara or bitter!  That is a sign of depression so she needed healing in her mind!


4:14:11-17 11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The Lord make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem:12 And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the Lordshall give thee of this young woman.13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bare a son.14 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.17 And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
 

Now Ruth wanted to help her mother in law and to do that she had to get married and have a child. God blessed her because the child she had would eventually be the child  of the great King David and eventually the Messiah Jesus Christ.  Boaz was a descendant of Rahab the harlot.  So Boaz was descended from a Gentile.  The great King David was partly Gentile! God wanted to restore life and bring healing. God wanted to heal you! God wants to restore all that is wrong in your life!


Conclusion:  We have incidents of healing and emotional healing is just as important as physical healing.  Sometimes we get so upset with things that we need to be healed on the inside for we have grief and bad feelings. Other times we need healing because our emotional state was upset due to tradition and we are not able to properly process things.  There are many reasons we need healing but God will find a reason to heal us. HE is our healer for all that is wrong with us in this life!
 

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