Gift of Healing – Part 2: History of Interpretation

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RuachHaKodesh, Session 13b

This session of the RuachHaKodesh series looks at the gift of healing. In part 1, we examined several important Biblical passages on the topic. In this episode, part 2, we take a step back for a minute and look at historical attitudes toward the gift of healing in both Judaism and Christianity. The following are some of the highlights of this episode:

  • Jews at the time of Yeshua often connected sickness with demonic activity.
  • Learn about the early Jewish equivalent of Chuck Norris mentioned in the Talmud, among other legendary Jewish faith healers.
  • Even the Talmud betrays that followers of Yeshua had a reputation for healing.
  • Church fathers like Augustine describe miraculous healings in their day.
  • Some protestants opposed the Catholic church by denying the validity of miraculous healing.
  • The Holiness movement, and the later Pentecostal movement, saw the rise of many faith healers.

This episode ends with a question that makes a good segue into part 3: Why doesn’t God heal everyone? While we may never know the full answer to such questions in this lifetime, we can trust that God is both good and powerful, and that he takes good care of his children.

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