As a born-again Christian, one of the most profound and meaningful aspects of my faith is the belief in the healing power of God. From the very beginning of the Bible, we see a God who cares deeply for his people and desires to restore them to wholeness and well-being. Today I will explore the theme of Healing in the Bible. So, how many times is Healing mentioned in the Bible?
Throughout the Old and New Testaments, we encounter stories of physical, emotional, and spiritual Healing, all of which testify to God’s compassion, mercy, and grace. The word Healing appears approximately 150 times in the Bible, depending on the translation.
In this article, I will dig deep into Biblical healing teachings and examples of Healing in the Bible. Keep reading to learn more.
What is healing according to the Bible?
Healing refers to the forces that restore, change, support, and nurture the entire person (body, mind, and spirit) in every dimension of existence. In the Bible, Healing is seen as a way for God to demonstrate his love and care for humanity.
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus is seen healing people with various physical and mental ailments, including blindness, leprosy, and paralysis. In these stories, Jesus can heal through his touch or words.
Beyond physical Healing, the Bible also speaks of emotional and spiritual Healing. For example, Psalms 147:3 suggests that God can heal emotional pain and comfort those suffering.
What Does the Bible Say about Healing?
The Bible has a lot to say about Healing.
In the Old Testament, God promises to heal us if we listen to him and follow his commands. (Exodus 15:26)
Healing is one of the benefits of having a relationship with God. (Psalm 103:2-3)
The prophet Isaiah speaks of a future Messiah who will take on our pain and suffering, and we will be healed by his wounds. (Isaiah 53:4-5)
The apostle Peter continued to heal in the name of Jesus after his death and resurrection. (Acts 3:6-8)
Where does the healer appear first in the Bible?
The first mention of a healer in the Bible is in Exodus 15:26, where God promises the Israelites that if they obey His commands, He will be their healer. In the passage, God identifies Himself as the healer of His people and promises to protect them from the diseases and afflictions that plagued the Egyptians.
Examples of Healing in the Bible
Healing of Naaman’s Leprosy
Prophet Elisha heals Naaman, a commander in the army of the king of Aram, by telling him to wash seven times in the River Jordan. (2 Kings 5)
Healing of the Blind Man
Jesus heals a man who was born blind. He makes a mixture of saliva and mud and applies it to this man’s blind eyes. He then instructs him to clean his eyes in the Pool of Siloam. (John 9:3-7).
Healing of the Paralytic
Jesus heals a paralyzed man lowered through the roof by his friends by telling him to get up and go home. (Mark 2:1-12)
Healing of the Centurion’s Servant Jesus heals a servant of a Roman centurion who had great faith in Jesus’ power to heal and believed that Jesus only needed to speak the word for the servant to be healed. (Matthew 8:5-13)
Healing of the Woman with the Issue of Blood
A woman who had been bleeding for twelve years was healed when she touched Jesus’ cloak in the crowd. (Mark 5:25-30)
Healing of the Ten Lepers
Jesus heals ten lepers who ask him for mercy, but only one returns to thank him and give glory to God. (Luke 17:11-19)
The Man with the Withered Hand’s Healing
Jesus heals a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath, which angers the Pharisees. (Matthew 12:9-14)
Healing of Peter’s Mother-in-Law
Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law, who was sick with a fever, by touching her hand, and she immediately gets up and begins to serve them. (Luke 4:38)
Healing of the Deaf and Mute Man
Jesus heals a man who is deaf and can hardly talk by putting his fingers in the man’s ears, spitting and touching the man’s tongue, and saying. (Mark 7:31)
The Paralyzed Man Was Healed at the Pool of Bethesda
Jesus heals a man who had been an invalid for 38 years by telling him to get up, pick up his mat, and walk. (John 5:2-9)
Types of Healing in the Bible
Physical Healing refers to healing physical ailments such as diseases, injuries, and disabilities. Examples include the Healing of the blind, the lame, the deaf, and those with leprosy.
Emotional Healing refers to healing psychological or emotional wounds like those caused by trauma, anxiety, depressive illness, or grief. Examples include healing a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years. (Mark 5:25-30)
Spiritual Healing refers to healing spiritual sins, such as guilt, shame, or a sense of separation from God. Examples include the forgiveness of sins in John 8:4-11 and the exorcism of demons (Matthew 8:28-34)
What is a biblical example of Healing?
One example of Biblical Healing is the Healing of the blind man in John 9:1-7. In this story, Jesus and his disciples came across a man who was blind from birth. The disciples enquired from Jesus if the man’s blindness was a result of sin, but Jesus replied that it was not because of sin but so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
Jesus then instructed the man to wash in the Pool of Siloam after making mud with his saliva and applying it to the man’s eyes. The man obeyed, and he could see for the first time when he washed his eyes.
This Healing is significant because it demonstrates Jesus’ power to heal and points out his identity as the Son of God. The man’s Healing is also contrasted with the spiritual blindness of the Pharisees, who refuse to believe that Jesus is the Messiah and cast the man out of the synagogue.
As a devout Christian, I have always been passionate about the Christian faith. This inspired me to pursue a degree in Religious studies and a Masters in Theology in college. I have also been privileged to teach 4 Christian courses in a college and university. Since I am dedicated to spreading the word of God, I am actively involved in the Church. Additionally, I share his word online and cover diverse topics on the Christian faith through my platform. You can read more about me on the about us page.