Where are the multitudes?

Jesus departed from there, skirted the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and sat down there. Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them. So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel. Matthew 15:29-21

I love these little paragraphs, connectors taking us from one named event to the next. They can be so easy to skip past, this one slotted between the Syrophonecean woman and the feeding of four thousand. However in their own right they are amazing pieces of scripture.

Let’s just take a moment to ponder on today’s scripture. Great multitudes, every kind of sickness, healing for all, marvelling and the glorifying of God. Just another day for us as modern day disciples huh? I wish. And yet it should be. The Father’s heart is still to save, heal and deliver. Jesus is still at the right hand of the Father interceding for us all. The price paid at the cross is still sufficient. The Holy Spirit is still moving in power within and upon any who will recognise Him. So why aren’t we seeing events like this daily?

I actually am not sure what else to write about this. We have already looked at Father’s heart and will. It is to repeat myself to say that scripture only ever shows God’s desire to see “All” saved, healed and delivered. I am repeating the fact that nowhere in scripture can you see God wanting to leave someone in a place of pain.

At no point did Jesus ever declare that it was God’s will for them to be sick, lost or in captivity to some issue or another. At no point do we see Jesus saying that someone is learning through their sickness or adversity. At no point do we see Jesus point how the reason for one persons harm is so that others can receive blessing.

At no point do we see in the New Testament or indeed the Bible as a whole, the errant theology that somehow God wants stuff contrary to His eternal will to happen to people. This is such a screwed up theology and yet so many people have some form of it. “God is teaching me something through this sickness/pain/sadness/etc.”

Well, if He is, stop praying for it to end! Stop taking the tablets. They may make you better and you won’t be learning anymore! Just endure the will of God, learn your lesson and suffer with joy. It isn’t in the Bible anywhere, I challenge you to find me one verse, but this is what people think.

“What about Sister Mary? She has never missed church in 50 years but God hasn’t healed her. Therefore it can’t be His will to always heal!” The fact that Sister Mary is a miserable old woman, never reads her Bible outside of church and gossips all week is never mentioned. Our works, things like how much we go to church, how often we pray, how regularly we read the Bible won’t get us our miracle. Our heart attitude, how much we believe in Jesus and the truth of His Word – that is what matters.

So many people bring their expectation and faith in the Word down to the level of the experience of their lives instead of raising their experience up to the level of the Bible.

Multitudes came and laid all their sick at Jesus’ feet and He healed them. All. Not some. All. He healed them and they marvelled. How often do we expect people to hear the Gospel preached and then once we have spoken, once we have got our point across, then, if they believe us, they can pray for salvation and maybe God will then heal them them too.

How about asking to pray first? How about telling people that you have a belief in a Jesus who heals and according to your faith you want to pray. How about seeing Holy Spirit move in power upon people’s lives first, doing what He does best before then simply explaining what has happened?

If we start to see people miraculously healed we won’t have to evangelise them. They will be asking us. They will marvel and they will glorify God. But, do we believe that God still does that today? Do we believe that we can pray like this? Do we have the faith for this?

Spending time in prayer and in the scripture is the only way this faith is going to build. Developing an understanding of the character of God, His heart and His will is the only way this faith is going to build. Searching the scriptures allowing Holy Spirit to fill your imaginations with the truth of all these great healings and events is how faith is going to build.

Casting out doubt and fear is how your faith is going to build. I challenge you. Read the scriptures purposely looking for the verses that say that these things can’t and don’t happen any more. Actively seek to prove that the time of miracles is over. Actively search for the scriptures that say that only certain people can pray, that this is not for everyone.

When you can’t find any evidence, allow that to develop your faith that this is down to you. You are part of the Body of Christ. You carry His Spirit within you. You are called to be salt and light to your friends, neighbours and colleagues. You are to witness greater miracles than Jesus did. You! Yes you!

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