We read God’s words because healing is in His words. Psalm 107:20 He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death.
The greatest fear human has is sickness whether it is acute or prolonged. Is there any cure? How long will it take? This is the number one question today. We seek to find an answer today, reading the Bible with healing and sickness in mind.
I found these word “plague” and “strike” being used in the following passage from Isaiah. My notes are in italics.
The definition of “plague”: ORIGIN late Middle English: Latin plaga ‘stroke, wound,’ probably from Greek (Doric dialect) plaga, from a base meaning ‘strike.’
Bible verses are quoted from New Living Translation (NLT)
First we hear the good news of how not to have “plague” fall on us:
9 If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
What to do to stop “plague”from prolonging? Take immediate action to deal with it.
29 They angered the Lord with all these things, so a plague broke out among them.
30 But Phinehas had the courage to intervene, and the plague was stopped.
31 So he has been regarded as a righteous man ever since that time.
Here are the four passages from Isaiah which described the word “strike”:
“Strike” comes from the enemies (attack from outside: physical and spiritual)
Isaiah 9:12 The Syrians from the east and the Philistines from the west will bare their fangs and devour Israel. But even then the Lord’s anger will not be satisfied. His fist is still poised to strike.
“Strike” comes from within (harmful lifestyle: attitude and behavior)
Isaiah 9:17 That is why the Lord takes no pleasure in the young men and shows no mercy even to the widows and orphans. For they are all wicked hypocrites, and they all speak foolishness. But even then the Lord’s anger will not be satisfied. His fist is still poised to strike.
“Strike” comes from strife and violence
Isaiah 9:21 Manasseh will feed on Ephraim, Ephraim will feed on Manasseh, and both will devour Judah. But even then the Lord’s anger will not be satisfied. His fist is still poised to strike.
“Strike” comes from bondages and oppressions
Isaiah 10:4 You will stumble along as prisoners or lie among the dead. But even then the Lord’s anger will not be satisfied. His fist is still poised to strike.
Here is the good news which was prophesied by Isaiah in the same chapter which I quoted above about the “strike” (including sickness, suffering). The prophecy has been fulfilled.
Isaiah 9 HOPE in the MESSIAH -JESUS
9 Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory.
2 The people who walk in darkness
will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness,
a light will shine.
3 You will enlarge the nation of Israel,
and its people will rejoice.
They will rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest
and like warriors dividing the plunder.
4 For you will break the yoke of their slavery
and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders.
You will break the oppressor’s rod,
just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian.
5 The boots of the warrior
and the uniforms bloodstained by war
will all be burned.
They will be fuel for the fire.
6 For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor,[d] Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His government and its peace
will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will make this happen!
HERE IS WHAT JESUS HAS DONE ABOUT SICKNESS AND SINS
4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
a punishment for his own sins!
5 But he was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.
6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
the sins of us all.