30 June 2021

There are a lot of people who talk about healing and that we need faith to be healed. As if we were not healed as our faith is too weak.

But that is not biblical. Hezekiah doubted. As the father of the epileptic boy said, the honest prayer more times than not is “I believe, help my unbelief”

We know that in this time that the world will not support us if we do our duty and what is the correct thing, unless it serves the agenda of this world, which is to debase us, leaving us damned. But this is not as it should be.

Hezekiah was one of the righteous kings, and this man loved his child. They wanted desterately for a cure that they could not see in any manner. We don’t need much faith. We do need prayer.

2 Kings 20:1-11

20 In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover.’” 2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, saying, 3 “Now, O Lord, please remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. 4 And before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: 5 “Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord, 6 and I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city for my own sake and for my servant David’s sake.” 7 And Isaiah said, “Bring a cake of figs. And let them take and lay it on the boil, that he may recover.”

8 And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “What shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the Lord on the third day?” 9 And Isaiah said, “This shall be the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that he has promised: shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or go back ten steps?” 10 And Hezekiah answered, “It is an easy thing for the shadow to lengthen ten steps. Rather let the shadow go back ten steps.” 11 And Isaiah the prophet called to the Lord, and he brought the shadow back ten steps, by which it had gone down on the steps of Ahaz.

Mark 9:14-29

14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

There are those who will quibble. For any smart boy, uibbling is fun, particularly if you can spin a good rehtroical line of Bull. It is a game. But there are those who make that game their life. We see one group of such here. The Pharisees and Sadduccees were arguing about the theology of healing and demonology. They missed the point, which iwas the son.

The father got that. The father was alos the only one who did not care about his prestige and position.

In Hezekiah, there are many who say that the rules of the universe were broken because the son reversed. This breaks every Newtonian laws. My answer to them ss that their model of God is too small.

For those of us who are facile with words, we nedd to have a fiar lump of humidity. We may be bookish, but there are things our brothers can do better than us.

My physical energy decreased every week while on the job with no hope of recovery. The 100+ equivalent squats I was doing each day caused my legs to feel numb at night. I was so tired that I didn’t even have the energy to read. I figured that for every four weeks I worked, I would need at least two weeks off.
Compare that to men who have been in this line of work for decades. There was one man in his fifties who had never seen a gym in his life. He drank heavily, smoked, and ate fast food every meal, yet he could run laps around me. A weekend of hard partying actually had the effect of increasing his energy. Many men who did not look physically impressive were able to maintain consistent output while I faltered because of my fragile constitution.

(As someone who is getting a lot of renovations done at Casa Kea, can confirm. Construction guys have to be strong. So do farmers, and the leaders of a construction team in NZ has to have book learrning as well because they have considerable docueentation to do. In every hoouse Kea and I have had, there is a fat folder of certificates of compliance on work that has been done. Never underestimate the amount of work needed there.)

When I read the passsage again I can understand why Christ said the people areguing were a foolish and peverse generation.

But they would damn us.

We all need to pray for repentance.