I know I said in the last post that I was going to tell you about a mega-hail storm we experienced, but I decided to insert this one first.
I was listening to our pastor’s wife a couple of services ago and she brought up something I’ve never seen before. I know you’re going to love it.
Before I share that, I want to explain one way of studying scripture that will help you get the most out of your Bible. If you only use the King James translation of the Bible, you will probably run across things that don’t make sense, don’t sound like God, or especially, don’t sound like a good thing. I know I did for years.
The King James version of the Bible, one of the most common translations, is not THE be-all, end-all Bible. It is simply one most of us have. The truth is, the Bible was not written in that old-English language that can confuse you. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew with some portions (notably in Daniel and Ezra) in Aramaic); the New Testament is widely agreed to have been written in Greek. It isn’t quite that simple but you get the point that it was not originally written in King James language.
I explain this because if you don’t know this you can accept some things that did not translate correctly as being correct. Or you will miss out on the riches of what a word really means – such as the word salvation. Most people assume it simply means “to get saved” (born again, accept Jesus as your savior, etc.) and going to heaven.
The original meaning of that word salvation means: to deliver, health, salvation, save, saving, rescue, preserve, (cause to) do well, make whole, sound in mind, and more. As you can see, the word means far more than simply going to heaven. It actually means total life prosperity.
So here is the title’s great news:
Matthew 8:17 (KJV) …That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself (Jesus) took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
The original Greek meaning of the word that was translated into “infirmities” is very powerful. Most people think it means sickness to go along with the word disease. The truth is that you don’t need to use both the words sickness and disease because they are both pretty much the same thing.
The word infirmity comes from the Greek word meaning the following: feebleness of body or mind, by implication frailty. This comes from the word that means impotent, without stength, weak.
We are delivered from every single one – every disease that the world says we have to have as we grow older. We do not have to have them. Period.
Studying shows Jesus bore weakness in mind and body on the cross. So this means that in our life, as we grow older, we should have no Alzheimer, no dementia. No weakness of body parts (like shaking hands). No weakness of knees, no weakness of hearing, no weakness of eyes, no weakness of hair (hair loss); just plain no weakness.
We do not have to have a single aging issue in our life and body beause Jesus bore them specifically, on the cross, along with sickness and diseases.
Why do people age horribly? That’s a musing for another day but a simple version is what Jesus said in Matthew 9:29:
BE IT UNTO YOU AS YOU BELIEVE.
Are you going to believe what the world says or what the Bible (God’s Word says)? Choose wisely.