August 15

Psalm 103, 104

In our reading today we have some of the benefits of being in Covenant with God. The one I want to focus on is in verse 3 “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;” The Hebrew word for healeth  is Strong number 7495 and it means râphâʼ (figuratively) to cure:—cure, (cause to) heal, physician, repair, ×thoroughly, make whole. It means to physically heal and translated that way in Exodus 15:26; Psalm 147:3; Leviticus 14:3; Deuteronomy 28:27 and a multitude of Scriptures. The Hebrew word for diseases is tachălûwʼ,  the Strong Number  8463 and it means a malady:—disease, × grievous, (that are) sick(-ness). This word is used 5 times in the Old Testament and twice it is translated diseases, one time sicknesses, once sick and once translated “grievous deaths”.  Saints the Bible says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever (Hebrew 13:8). The benefits are also ours. “By whose stripes you were healed (1 Peter 2:24). 


Romans 14

In our reading today we have a command to not judge our brother and sister in the Lord and the reason given is because every one of us will stand before Christ and give an account for the lives we have lived on this earth. Romans 14:10-12 New King James says, “But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 14:11 For it is written: “As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.” 14:12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. That is a very sober thought, and its true. I believe that if we all concentrated more on our own lives and prayed for our brothers and sisters who are struggling, then the day we stand before Christ will go a lot better for us. 


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