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Healing was not introduced during the ministry of Jesus nor is it only a New Covenant blessing. This comes as a surprise to many who are trying to believe that God wants to heal them.

God has always provided healing for His people through His covenants.

God revealed Himself as the Great Physician when He told Israel that if they would obey His Word, none of the diseases of Egypt would come upon them. He said, "For I am the Lord that healeth thee" (Ex. 15:26).

When God gave Israel the blessing of the law, He said if they would hearken diligently to the voice of the Lord and be careful to do His commandments, that the blessings would come upon them and overtake them.

He placed Himself as Israel's healer, Jehovah-Rapha.

Healing was not an automatic blessing but was conditional to diligently obeying His Word.
Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
(Ps. 107:17, 19-20)
Disease came through disobedience to the law. Forgiveness for that disobedience brought healing to their bodies.

God provided an umbrella of protection and blessing for His people through His Word. When they sinned, they broke the covenant, and they took themselves out from under its protection.

As long as Israel kept the covenant with God, there was no disease powerful enough to come upon them. When they turned away from God's Word, disease filled their bodies.

When Israel by disobedience got out from under God's protection, the curse that was already upon the earth overtook them. The whole world was under the curse that came when Adam changed gods and Satan became his ruler.

All Israel had to do was to be like the other nations, and the curse would come upon them. Without acting on God's Word, Israel became helpless in the face of poverty, sickness, fear and her enemies.

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Author Biography

Gloria Copeland
Web site: Kenneth Copeland Ministries
For the last 50 years Kenneth and Gloria Copeland have been passionately teaching Christians all over the world how to apply the principles of faith found in God's WORD to their lives.

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