How do you view God? We often have a mishapen view of God. Jesus came to set the record straight. How many people did Jesus make sick to teach them a lesson? The answer is NONE!
How many did Jesus say He would not heal until they learned their lesson? The answer is NONE!
How many did Jesus say He would not heal because they had sin in their life? The answer is NONE?
Are you afraid of the God of the Old Testament and perhaps even ready to try and love the God of the New Testament? Satan for some 6,000 years has been confusing man about God. And the devil is still at it today.
We are told to change our image of God to that of Jesus. Heb 1:1 "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who (Jesus) being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;" KJV
Many call the judgement on Adam and Eve a curse of God. In the sense that God created all the laws of the universe this may be true. But just as God had warned, the sin of Adam brought the curse to the land as a just consequence.
Adam may not have understood the impact, but the impact came anyway. Sin has consequences. This is the law of sin and death - you sin, you release death. In Jesus we are set free from this law if we apply it to our sins in this life: Rom 8:2 "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."
If God had not allowed Eve to bear children or the man to grow crops, the new ruler of the earth, the evil "god of this world" would have killed them to prevent the prophesy: Gen 3:15 "...her seed shall bruise (or crush) your head..."
This expression "bruise" means that God had issued a judgement against the devil for the kingdom he had just gotten by Adam's sin. One would come to heal the breach caused by Adam's sin, and remove the devil from authority. That One is Jesus Christ of Nazareth 2000 years ago.
The same is for the story of Job. God could not stop, but He did mitigate Satan's attack on Job. What God did was to keep Job alive and then doubled all he had lost and replaced his children the devil had killed. Job then lived another 140 years. Winning aginst the devil with God will give you longer life.
The devil instead was the source of the attacks or temptations on Job by robbers, killers, deadly storms, disease, and misguided friends who blamed God for the devil's attacks.
Jesus described it this way: John 10:10 "The thief (Satan, the devil, the evil one) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
Jesus was sent by the Old Testament God to show how He really is. Jesus is the exact way God is in truth.
Ps 100:5 "For the LORD is good; his (covenant) mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."
In John 5 Jesus healed the one who could not get to the stirred water. That any could enter the water when it was stirred means that God has no specifics on what He will heal. Whatever your problem, if you got into the water, you got healed.
The timing for the healing was up to the one who got in the water. God did not control the timing, the sick one did. Jesus came to help the one who knew he could not be healed.
In Jesus God reveals Himself as Father, even Daddy (Abba). If you had a bad father or mother you have much to overcome before you can appreciate what true fatherhood looks like.
The parable of the sower and the seed shows us how to enter the benefits of the Kingdom of God against the work of the devil who is lord of the kingdom of the darkness in this world. This parable is key to learning how to let Father God heal you of the works or oppressions of the devil.
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