Thursday, 26 January 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 4

HEALING UNDER THREE DIFFERENT DISPENSATIONS: PROVISION FOR SERVANTS, THE OLD COVENANT

“And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?”
Luke 13:16 KJV

We are discussing the provision of Divine Healing, through the different dispensations: Those Outside the Covenant, Those in the Old Covenant and lastly, The New Covenant. Lack of appreciation of this distinction has contributed largely to the present state of affairs. This distinction permeates every aspect of our walk with God, you are either an Outcast, a Servant or Child/Son. In the last capsule we discussed the provision for those outside the Covenant and how it pertains to us, the dynamics (Matthew 15:21-28, Mark 7:23-29, Mark 16:16-18). Surely if God have been so gracious to provide for those outside of the Covenant, He definitely has something better for those within the Covenant. It is important that you don't lose sight of the assertion that 'The way we see and receive from God is dependent on the Type of Covenant relationship we have with Him'. In this capsule we would look at the provision of Divine Healing in the Old Covenant. This might ruffle some feathers but please maintain an open mind.

“And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.” Luke 13:10-12 KJV

In Luke 13:10-16, we see the story of the healing of a woman on a Sabbath day, and in a Synagogue. To start with, nobody was supposed to work on the sabbath and to compound matters this was done in the Jewish place of worship before all to see. Unlike the Syrophonecian woman, this lady did not solicit or grovel for the healing openly, though she might have desired it. She did not have to provide a strong argument, neither did she ask anyone to approach Christ on her behalf like the centurion did (Luke 7:2-4). Christ was the one who invited her (Luke13:12). These are significant differences, Christ went out of His way to go against the letter of the Law.

And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?”
Luke 13:16 KJV

The difference between the two instances is that the Syrophonecian woman had no covenant with God, whilst the lady in Synagogue was described as daughter of Abraham, meaning she was a Jew, by implication she had a Covenant with God. Healing was one of the Old Covenant promises. In fact Christ referred to it as food for the children (Matthew 15:26-27). The Syrophonecian woman tapped into the covenant through Christ, whereas Christ showed the woman in the synagogue had access to the covenant by birth, huge difference! For everyone under the Old Covenant, they could have it if they wanted. It came with the package, though they were Servants. The only instance that Christ could not provide healing, miracles etc for those under the Old Covenant was when it was rejected through unbelief ( Matthew 13:58, Mark 6:5-6). This was a wonderful provision, far better than what the Outcasts or Aliens have. However, this was not God's best. As I have said before it was a shadow, a temporary arrangement, a glimpse of what was to come. This Covenant has expired, it is no longer in existence and there lies the danger. To pursue healing or any form of relationship with God in this manner is like chasing shadows, something that no longer exists (Hebrews chapters 7-10). This Covenant had an inbuilt weakness and was not perfect (Hebrews 7:18-19). It had within it the threat of curses which required the sacrifice of a Saviour (Galatians 3:13). It was a sign post not the destination, God had something far better in mind (Hebrews 11:39-40) .

“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”James 2:10 KJV

The inherent weakness in the Old Covenant, is that it was based on performance, with negative consequence when actions fall short. They were not given to make those that existed under it perfect (Hebrews 10:1-5). Of the 68 verses in Deuteronomy chapter 28, twelve verses contained blessings, verse 16-68 are curses! you do the maths. For every blessing there are four curses. To make things more interesting, violation of one law equals to violation of all (James 2:10). The Old Covenant was a constant reminder that they needed a saviour to take away the curse permanently! It was based on fear, but God showed mercy. This was the provision made for servants, which was far better than what the Outcast or Aliens have, but definitely not God's best. There is no reason why any New Creation should settle for this discontinued brand, in fact to do so would be an insult to the sacrifice of Christ and Blood of Atonement. As we end this capsule, the whole thrust of our discussion is to show you the marked difference in provision for the different dispensations . These are not just theoretical or academic distinctions, they are deeply spiritual, very relevant and practical if you are to excel in your walk with God. The intention is to ultimately focus hearts to the perfect provision we have in the New Covenant. The more I meditate on these truths, I am persuaded that we are not Homo Sapiens but New Creations, a completely different species that never existed before!

CONCLUSION
ALIENS BORROW, SERVANTS LIVE ON CREDITS, SONS HAVE INHERITANCE BECAUSE WE ARE JOINT HEIRS WITH CHRIST

Ps
I pray this is impacting you the way it is has and is impacting me. From the next capsule we would start looking at what we have, it will change the direction of your life forever.

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'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk