Wednesday, 18 January 2017

GOD'S PILL 2017 : CAPSULE 3

HEALING UNDER THREE DIFFERENT DISPENSATIONS: WHEN THERE IS NO COVENANT


“But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.” Matthew 15:26-27 KJV

In the last capsule I started with the assertion that 'the way we see and receive from God is based on our relationship with Him'. This could be those without Covenant (Outcast or Alien), or those that operated under the Old Covenant (Servants) and Lastly, the New Covenant (Children or Sons). This categorisation affects every aspect of our dealings with and provisions from God. Let me give you an example. In the Old Testament, nobody is allowed to come before the Mercy seat in the Holy of Holies except the High Priest. Even the High Priest comes only once a year on the day of atonement, under strict protocol and he did this with fear and trepidation (Hebrews 9:1-7). In the New Covenant, we are invited (everyone of us, as long as you belong to Christ) to come boldly to the Throne of Grace. This invitation comes with a guarantee that we would receive mercy and grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Can you see how relationship has affected the dynamics. The group without covenant have no direct access at all, the Old Covenant gave very limited and restricted access, those in the New Covenant have free access for All. Understanding this, helps in our Christian walk and makes us more productive. 

In this capsule, we would consider the spiritual basis for Divine healing in the group outside of the covenant, the Alien or Outcast, the group without Covenant with God, the group commonly called non-believers.

“Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Matthew 15:21-24 KJV

In Matthew 15:21-28 (also Mark 7:23-29) we see the story of a woman who came to Christ requesting healing for her daughter. This woman is described as Greek, Syrophonecian or Canaanite. The emphasis here is that she was a non Jew, someone outside the then existing Covenant. In case you are in doubt, the initial reaction and response of Christ confirmed this. In the most explicit way, Christ explained to her that He had not been sent to those outside the covenant. The truth is, Divine Healing is a covenant promise meant for those under the covenant (remember the four cardinal characteristics of the Outcast described in capsule 2). In fact to do what she asked was tantamount to giving the food meant for the children to dogs, nobody does that, it makes no sense, especially when the children have not had their fill. In no uncertain terms, Christ was making it clear that attending to her needs would be wasteful and unwise. You see dogs and swines are the derogatory terms for gentiles, non Jews (Matthew 7:6).
This lady fully understood what Christ was alluding to, her reaction and her response reflected this. However she had an insight into the workings of the covenant and had come prepared, in fact her response was not an emotional over drive as some would have you believe (Please follow this carefully). The first thing she did was to address Christ by His Covenant name or title 'SON OF DAVID'. This was not a coincidence, it was the only way she could access any of the covenant provision, she was an outcast, a dog. There was no way she could lay claim on anything on a personal basis and she knew that. What she wanted was for Christ to break protocol for her. In fact she agreed with Christ that she was a little dog. What she was asking for was the left overs, remnants which would not deprive the true owners. This was an audacious display of faith based on knowledge, and Christ acknowledged it (Matthew 15:28). More importantly it shows the privilege we have, the ability to extend God's goodness to those outside the covenant. Remember that everything in the Old Covenant is either a shadow, type or pattern. This provision is seen in its truest form in the New Covenant, the privilege to extend God's goodness to those who don't have a relationship with God, the Outcasts.

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:17-18 KJV

As we close, let me say this, healing is a wonderful evangelistic tool! The only way an Outcast can enjoy a covenant blessing is if we extend it, and we are actively encouraged to do so in the New Covenant. In the Old Covenant, we saw a glimpse of this provision (Luke 7:2-4, Matthew 15:21-28), but now in the New Covenant we see clearly (Mark 16:17-18). That is why we preach and teach the gospel, and extend the benefits (healing included) to those OUTSIDE to bring them INSIDE THE NEW COVENANT. This is a wonderful provision and privilege but as wonderful as this is, it is essentially for those outside of the covenant, we are the POSSESSORS, we have access to Divine HEALTH and HEALING, what we have is much better than that (Hebrews 11:39-40).

CONCLUSION 

EVEN OUTCASTS, ALIENS, THOSE OUTSIDE THE COVENANT CAN ENJOY THE PROVISION OF DIVINE HEALING

Ps
I sincerely hope you are following this discussion, the purpose and intention of this approach is to get you thinking beyond the ordinary. To let you see that there is much more. Please feel free to send feedbacks, or ask for clarification, don't just go with the flow (femibidowu@yahoo.co.uk, femibidowu@gmail.com).
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'Femi Idowu
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