We will take three notable cases of sickness from among the Old Testament heroes. Remember that we must look at
every Old Testament incidence through the eyes of the New Testament and its greater provisions.
2 Chronicles 14:2 says, “And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God.”
But he could not enforce the ways of God fully in His kingdom.
1 Kings 22:43 reveals that, ”...Nevertheless the high places were not taken away; for the people offered and burnt incense
yet in the high places.” He also did not remove the sodomites from the land.(1Kings 22:46)
As we follow the history of King Asa, we see how he relied on the Lord and then later began to rely on the King of Syria.
When the prophet Hanani warns him, Asa throws him in prison and begins to oppress the people. (Read 2 Chronicles 16)
In the later years of his reign, King Asa is diseased in his foot with a great disease. Yet, in his backslidden condition, he
did not seek the Lord who had given him mighty delieverances in battle. Instead, he began to seek out the doctors to
heal his foot.
2 Chronicles 16: 12 says, “And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease
was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.” Two years later, he dies
God is merciful even to the backslider but Asa was one who hardened his heart while backsliding and had no desire
to seek the Lord for his healing.
In 2 Kings chapter 20 we read of King Hezekiah’s last days. His sickness is unto death. But when he cries out to
God, he is granted another 15 years. Isaiah the prophet tells him to put a lump of figs on the deadly boil, and
Hezekiah is healed. Here, we must remember that God is the Healer and not the figs. Many use this example to
quickly depend on external methods. Thank God for every merciful external help but remember that the Name of our
God is Jehovah Rapha, God the Healer.
Many petitions that God grants are based on His foreknowledge. Although, he is delivered from a deadly disease,
he displeases God by allowing the king of Babylon, to come into his palace and shows him all his possession and
Isaiah the prophet admonishes him and shows him the judgment of God upon his sons and their future. From
Hezekiah’s response to this in v. 19, we see his selfishness, “Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?”
Some are puzzled by the sickness of this great prophet of God. (Please go through the entire School to get a
2 Kings 13:14 says,
“Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died.”
How could this great prophet of God be sick?
2 Kings 13:21 tells us of a great miracle. “And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied
a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the
bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.”
How could a man whose bones were used to resurrect a dead man, himself die of sickness? We must remember some
facts in this case.
This sovereign act of God has not been recorded before or even in the New Testament. Therefore, it must be considered
as an exceptional, sovereign act of God recorded for our benefit.
This sovereign act only shows us that if the bones of a man under the Old Covenant could be used in such a powerful
way, how much more could God do through the living bodies of His New Testament saints who are even commissioned
to do the works of Jesus and greater than Jesus’ works too?
At the time of his death, Elisha had been a prophet for 66 years, 6 years longer than
the time David or Solomon lived. He was
a full-grown young man when called to the prophetic office, so he must have been at least 80-90
years at the time of his death. Remember though that Elisha did not have the blood of Jesus.
Victory over death and the grave, which are the last enemies of man, could never be accomplished under the Old
Covenant (please read Hebrews 11: 39, 40). Wholeness in spirit, soul and body is available only through Christ
who is the fullness of Him that filleth all in all.
When it comes to bodily healing, there is absolutely no comparison with the New Testament saints. In the baptizing
fires of Christ, we see a dissolving of sin, sickness and yea, even death! Blessed be Jesus who is and who was and
who is to come – the Almighty!
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