Sun, Jan 29, 2023
Teacher: Yale Wall Series: The Acts of the Apostles Scripture: Acts 9:32-43
I’ve read Acts a bunch of times in my life, but I read through it 3-4 times this summer in preparation for building out this sermon series, and something really stuck out to me this time. There is a consistent pattern that keeps coming up:
6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” 7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.
they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. 16 The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.
many who were paralyzed or lame were healed
32 As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the Lord’s people who lived in Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years. 34 “Aeneas,” Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.” Immediately Aeneas got up. 35 All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.
Peter is traveling in a town called Lydda, he meets a guy named Aeneas who is paralyzed and has been stuck in bed for 8 YEARS! He prays for him, Aeneas is healed, and ALL THOSE who lived in the town turned to the lord.
As Peter is still in Lydda, word of what happened to the man there makes it to a town nearby, called Joppa. There was a lady there named Tabitha (or Dorcas in Greek) who passed away, and was a great lady who always took care of the poor.
then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.
She was fully healed, the disciples told the whole town about Jesus, and people were saved.
All of us.
I would love to hide behind the veil of, God doesn’t do it this way anymore, or he works differently after the bible was canonized, because praying for someone’s physical healing who doesn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus, is just straight out awkward. But… it’s a straight out Biblical thing.
1 Corinthians 8
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
For one thing, that’s not talking about the Bible being canonized, it’s talking about Jesus coming back. (If you want a deeper dive into this subject, listen to THIS SERMON).
Secondly… healing isn’t even listed in that verse. There is no Biblical reason to think this has gone away.
(see everything above)
There’s not question that you should do it whenever the Holy Spirit prompts you to do it, but there is also a Biblical precedence here for just doing it most of the time as an opener for telling people about Jesus.
Because it’s modeled in the Bible, and because it works!
Here’s the QUICK practical overview.
I will open my mind to praying for physical healing around me.
I will pray for someone’s healing this week and leave the results up to God.
I will walk in the confidence of knowing that the God I serve is a healing, and dead-raising God.
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