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Chapter 148


*** What bearing did the regarding of God’s commandments formerly have on the removal of sickness?
“Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, ...and the Lord will take away from thee all sickness.” Deut. 7:11-15.

*** When through disobedience King Jeroboam’s hand withered, how was it restored to strength?
“And the man of God besought the Lord,
and the king’s hand was restored him again, and became as it was before.” 1 Kings 13:6.

*** When Miriam was afflicted with leprosy, what did Moses do in her behalf?
“And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, Heal her now, a God, I beseech thee.” Num. 12:13.

*** Are there cases when it is best not to apply to earthly physicians?
“And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great; yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians.” 2 Chron. 16:12.

*** When Elijah prayed for the restoration of a child, what was the result?
“And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the Lord, and said, a Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again. And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.” 1 Kings 17:21, 22.

*** When Hezekiah prayed for restoration from sickness, what answer was returned to him?
“Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.” Isa. 38:5.

*** What was a part of the work of Christ while He was here on earth?
“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.” Matt. 4:23.

*** What impressive words does Matthew use to show further the burden that the Saviour took in this matter?
“Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” Matt. 8:17.

*** When the woman touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and was healed of her infirmity , what gave effect to the touch?
“And He said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole,. go in peace.” Luke 8:48.

*** Is the gift of healing given to the church of Christ?
“And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” 1 Cor. 12:28.

*** How is this gift exercised?
“Is there any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” James 5:14.

*** If the sick one is restored to health, by what power is it accomplished?
“And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” James 5:15.

*** Did Christ bestow the gift of healing upon His disciples?
“Then He called His twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And He sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.” Luke 9:1, 2. “Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer... And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms... Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have, give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up; and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up, stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.” Acts 3:1-8.

*** Was this commission to cease with the twelve apostles?
“And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name... they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:15-18.

*** What special work is necessary for one who expects to be healed?
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.” James 5:16.

*** Why is it that in some cases persons are not healed in answer to prayer?
“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” James 4:3.

*** Why could not the disciples, on a certain occasion, cast the demon out of a child?
“Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief.Matt. 17:19, 20.

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