CURSING AND BLESSING -- ILLNESS AND HEALING

DID YOU KNOW that blessings and curses are inherent in the decisions we make and the actions we take; and that sickness is listed as one of the curses?

The majority of the people who will read this page were not brought up in the Torah (instructions for having life). Consequently, most of us made many sinful decisions and choices in our lives. Some of us are still paying for those now by the illnesses in our bodies -- the old "crops" we planted before we became obedient to the Word of YHVH. We may have been forgiven of our sins, but we still must pay the price.

Had we understood, we surely would have heeded Deuteronomy 7:9, 15: ". . .Know that YHVH Elohekka, He (is) Elohim, the faithful Elohim, keeping the covenant and mercy to those who love Him, and to those who keep His commands, to a thousand generations; . . . And YHVH shall turn aside every sickness from you; and He will not put on you any of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you have known, but He will put them on all who hate you."

In Deuteronomy 28:1-14 are all the blessings He promises to those who are obedient; and Deuteronomy 28:15-68 are all the curses promised to those who are disobedient.

And we must not overlook Deuteronomy 30:19-20(a), "I call Heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore, choose life, that you may live, you and your seed, to love YHVH Elohekka, to listen to His voice, and to cleave to Him. For He (is) your life, and the length of your days. . ."

So, if we are ill now, where is our hope?

Let's look at two verses: 1 Peter 2:24, ". . . Who Himself carried up in His body our sins onto the tree; that dying to sins, we might live to righteousness; of whom by His wounds you were healed." Trusting in the Messiah Y'hoshua, the disobedient person we were dies that we might live a life of obedience to the Torah (the instructions given by YHVH for having life), which is walking in the footsteps of the Messiah.

The second verse completes this thought: 3 John v. 2, "Beloved, in regard to all things, I pray (for) you to prosper and to be in health, as your soul prospers."

How does our soul prosper? 2 Peter 1:5-7 gives us the answer: "But also in this very thing, having brought in all eagerness and earnestness, having fully supplied in your trust virtue, and with virtue knowledge (of the Torah), and with the knowledge (of the Torah) self-control, and with the self-control cheerful endurance, and with the cheerful endurance piety, and with the piety, love of the brethren, and with love of the brethren, benevolence."

"It was good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn Your laws." [Psalm 119:71]

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