Tag: Jesus saves and heals

Proof by Fruit: And the eyes of the blind shall see

Matthew 15:30
Is it not yet a very little while
Till Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field,
And the fruitful field be esteemed as a forest?
In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book,
And the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.
The humble also shall increase their joy in the Lord,
And the poor among men shall rejoice
In the Holy One of Israel.
(Isaiah 29:17-19)

…They shall see the glory of the Lord,
The excellency of our God.
Strengthen the weak hands,
And make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who are fearful-hearted,
“Be strong, do not fear!
Behold, your God will come with vengeance,
With the recompense of God;
He will come and save you.”
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Then the lame shall leap like a deer,
And the tongue of the dumb sing.
For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness,
And streams in the desert.
(Isaiah 35:2-6)

“I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness,
And will hold Your hand;
I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people,
As a light to the Gentiles,
7 To open blind eyes,
To bring out prisoners from the prison,
Those who sit in darkness from the prison house.
I will bring the blind by a way they did not know;
I will lead them in paths they have not known.
I will make darkness light before them,
And crooked places straight.
These things I will do for them,
And not forsake them.
(Isaiah 42:6-7,16,)

Matthew 11:4-6
4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 5 The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
Matthew 15:30-32 New King James Version (NKJV)

15:30 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. 31 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.

John 14:12-13
The Answered Prayer
12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

(All Scriptures are quoted from the Bible New King James Version (NKJV))

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walking with Jesus: Mark 5 the power of Jesus’ authority

Jesus-resurrecting-dead childWhen we read Mark 5 we see Jesus using His authority.

An encounter with Jesus’ authority makes a person whole: demons bow down and beg to be allowed to flee.

Insanity no longer bounds a man’s mind.

Fear vanishes. Even death must submit to Jesus when He speaks.

Infirmity and torment of man and woman must leave immediately as power flow out of Jesus.

Luke 5 (in parts)

A Demon-Possessed Man Healed

When they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes.[a] And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.”

For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!” Then He asked him, “What is your name?”

And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” 10 Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country.

15 Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. 16 And those who saw it told them how it happened to him who had been demon-possessed, and about the swine. 17 Then they began to plead with Him to depart from their region.

A Girl Restored to Life

And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.”

35 While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”

36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”41 Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 Immediately the girl arose and walked,

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and a Woman Healed

25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”

29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.

Isaiah 63-64 Isaiah’s prayers

Isaiah 64-4Do you know God works for you? Prophet Isaiah has seen this. When reading the Bible prophets, we must remember that the prophets are humans, and have personal lives and sentiments too. They receive revelations and prophecies from God but they too have their own characters, needs and wants. When they recorded what they received from God, they used proper terms to indicate that it is God who is speaking. When they talked to God or prayed to God, they stated clearly that too.

Today we read and ponder on the last part of chapter 63 and the whole of chapter 64.

Isaiah still thought of God as someone who had abandoned the Jewish people. He repented for his nation for rebelling against God. He pleaded that God was their Father. He asked for forgiveness of the people’s sins. He was an intercessor because Jesus was not yet born at the prophet’s time. His focus was on the temple and the holy city of God, the sanctuary of God. He knew God’s heart was on the holiness of these.

Did God answer his prayers? Yes. In chapter 65 God will answer. In the history of the salvation of God, yes, God has also answered. He has sent the Savior He promised to prophet Isaiah. Jesus has come to earth as a human and has completed God’s plan of salvation for all mankind including the Jewish people.

Should Christians pray the same kind of prayers? Jesus is our intercessor and Jesus has given us the salvation and healing we need (1 Peter 2:24). God has given us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ (Ephesians 1:3). By dying for us, Jesus has secured us the super-abundant life He promises to His believers (John 10:10). Jesus is sitting at the Father’s right side (Ephesians 1:20), interceding for us (Hebrews 7:25). The Holy Spirit too intercedes for us with words that cannot be uttered in our languages (Romans 8:26). Salvation and healing are done deals in Christ Jesus. Jesus has broken the power of the devil (who had the power of death) and has set us free from the fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-15).

Key verses: Isaiah 6410 Your holy cities are destroyed. Zion is a wilderness; yes, Jerusalem is a desolate ruin. 11 The holy and beautiful Temple where our ancestors praised you has been burned down, and all the things of beauty are destroyed.

12 After all this, Lord, must you still refuse to help us?
    Will you continue to be silent and punish us?

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Isaiah 63:15-19 New King James Version (NKJV)

A Prayer of Penitence (Prayer for Mercy and Pardon)

15 Look down from heaven,
And see from Your habitation, holy and glorious.
Where are Your zeal and Your strength,
The yearning of Your heart and Your mercies toward me?
Are they restrained?
16 Doubtless You are our Father,
Though Abraham was ignorant of us,
And Israel does not acknowledge us.
You, O Lord, are our Father;
Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.
17 O Lord, why have You made us stray from Your ways,
And hardened our heart from Your fear?
Return for Your servants’ sake,
The tribes of Your inheritance.
18 Your holy people have possessed it but a little while;
Our adversaries have trodden down Your sanctuary.
19 We have become like those of old, over whom You never ruled,
Those who were never called by Your name.

Isaiah 64 New King James Version (NKJV)

64 Oh, that You would rend the heavens!
That You would come down!
That the mountains might shake at Your presence—
As fire burns brushwood,
As fire causes water to boil—
To make Your name known to Your adversaries,
That the nations may tremble at Your presence!
When You did awesome things for which we did not look,
You came down,
The mountains shook at Your presence.
For since the beginning of the world
Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear,
Nor has the eye seen any God besides You,
Who acts for the one who waits for Him.
You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness,
Who remembers You in Your ways.
You are indeed angry, for we have sinned—
In these ways we continue;
And we need to be saved.

But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind,
Have taken us away.
And there is no one who calls on Your name,
Who stirs himself up to take hold of You;
For You have hidden Your face from us,
And have consumed us because of our iniquities.

But now, O Lord,
You are our Father;
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all we are the work of Your hand.
Do not be furious, O Lord,
Nor remember iniquity forever;
Indeed, please look—we all are Your people!
10 Your holy cities are a wilderness,
Zion is a wilderness,
Jerusalem a desolation.
11 Our holy and beautiful temple,
Where our fathers praised You,
Is burned up with fire;
And all our pleasant things are laid waste.
12 Will You restrain Yourself because of these things, O Lord?
Will You hold Your peace, and afflict us very severely?

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Hebrews 2:14-15 New Living Translation (NLT)

We have become fearless. Our greatest fear has been removed. 

14 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had[a] the power of death. 15 Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.

Footnotes:

  1. 2:14 Or has.

John 4:23-24 New Living Translation (NLT)

God is looking at another way of worship and praise now. Another form of holy temple (not the physical one) to give glory to Him. God cares for you (body, soul and spirit) as His holy temple. 

23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

1 Corinthians 3:16 Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in[c]you? 17 God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

1 Corinthians 6:17 But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.

Hebrews 12:22-24 New Living Translation (NLT)

By joining to the Lord in Spirit, our worship and praise is in a different holy temple (not a physical one), in a heavenly realm!

22 No, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering. 23 You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect. 24 You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel.

Isaiah 63:7-10 a praise song for God

Prophet Isaiah received from God prophecies, messages, warnings and good news. He faithfully recorded and expressed his responses as well. Today we read Chapter 63. For the Lord’s Day, we sing a song of praise to God together with Isaiah. We can identify with him. We have gone through the darkness in lives just as the Israelites did. We have been rescued, saved and delivered and transported into God’s Kingdom of marvelous light just as they experienced. For Christians we have more to rejoice and give thanks because we have the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Christ) who stays in us and will never leave us!

Within this little passage below, we read of the Holy Spirit:

  1. He can be grieved when God’s people rebelled against God.
  2. God sent Him to be in the midst of God’s people. (Only after Jesus, the Holy Spirit came and stayed inside each believer. Prior to that the Holy Spirit came and left).
  3. The Holy Spirit gives rest.

~~~~~~~A Song of Praise (from prophet Isaiah)

7 I will tell of the Lord’s unfailing love.
    I will praise the Lord for all he has done.
I will rejoice in his great goodness to Israel,
    which he has granted according to his mercy and love.
He said, “They are my very own people.
    Surely they will not betray me again.”
    And he became their Savior.
In all their suffering he also suffered,
    and he personally[a] rescued them.
In his love and mercy he redeemed them.
    He lifted them up and carried them
    through all the years.
10 But they rebelled against him
    and grieved his Holy Spirit.
So he became their enemy
    and fought against them.

11 Then they remembered those days of old
    when Moses led his people out of Egypt.
They cried out, “Where is the one who brought Israel through the sea,
    with Moses as their shepherd?
Where is the one who sent his Holy Spirit
    to be among his people?
12 Where is the one whose power was displayed
    when Moses lifted up his hand—
the one who divided the sea before them,
    making himself famous forever?
13 Where is the one who led them through the bottom of the sea?
    They were like fine stallions
    racing through the desert, never stumbling.
14 As with cattle going down into a peaceful valley,
    the Spirit of the Lord gave them rest.
You led your people, Lord,
    and gained a magnificent reputation.”

Footnotes:

  1. 63:9 Hebrew and the angel of his presence.

John 14 Jesus has given this assurance of sending the Holy Spirit to every believer and the truth about Jesus. When the Holy Spirit dwells in us, Jesus is dwelling in us, because the Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus Himself (Christ).

15 “If you love me, obey[d] my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,[e] who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.[f] 18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.

John 14 Holy Spirit

Isaiah 62 God gives a royal diadem

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God gives a royal diadem. “You shall also be a crown of glory
In the hand of the Lord,
And a royal diadem
In the hand of your God.” 

A wonderful message from the prophet today. The prophecy about the King, the Redeemer, the Savior has come true in Jesus.  Yet, the promise and prophecy about the physical Jerusalem and Israel is in the future.

God has given a sure promise for the desolate and forsaken. How does anyone receive God’s promises? Just go trough the Gate of salvation.

Key verse: 10 Go through, Go through the gates!
Prepare the way for the people; Build up, Build up the highway! Take out the stones, Lift up a banner for the peoples!” Who is the Gate?  

Luke 1: 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

Luke 2:10 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”[c]

John 10: Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

John 14:6 [Full Chapter]  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

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Isaiah 62

1 For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace,
And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
And her salvation as a lamp that burns.
The Gentiles shall see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory.
You shall be called by a new name,
Which the mouth of the Lord will name.
You shall also be a crown of glory
In the hand of the Lord,
And a royal diadem
In the hand of your God.
You shall no longer be termed Forsaken,
Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate;
But you shall be called Hephzibah,[a] and your land Beulah;[b]
For the Lord delights in you,
And your land shall be married.
For as a young man marries a virgin,
So shall your sons marry you;
And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
So shall your God rejoice over you.

I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
They shall never hold their peace day or night.
You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent,
And give Him no rest till He establishes
And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

The Lord has sworn by His right hand
And by the arm of His strength:
“Surely I will no longer give your grain
As food for your enemies;
And the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine,
For which you have labored.
But those who have gathered it shall eat it,
And praise the Lord;
Those who have brought it together shall drink it in My holy courts.”

10 Go through,
Go through the gates!
Prepare the way for the people;
Build up,
Build up the highway!
Take out the stones,
Lift up a banner for the peoples!

11 Indeed the Lord has proclaimed
To the end of the world:
“Say to the daughter of Zion,
Surely your salvation is coming;
Behold, His reward is with Him,
And His work before Him.’”
12 And they shall call them The Holy People,
The Redeemed of the Lord;
And you shall be called Sought Out,
A City Not Forsaken.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 62:4 Literally My Delight Is in Her
  2. Isaiah 62:4 Literally Married

Isaiah 59 God Himself stepped in

Prophet Isaiah received another important and prophetic message which he faithfully recorded in chapter 59. Further warnings of the breakdown of the social civil law and order system of that time. This message is timely today. The prophecy of God’s sending His own Help came true.

The first part of the divine message: God says He is able to help you and willing too!

The problems with the people: they did not care about their spiritual life. The worldly system of law and justice broke down, Their thoughts, plans, activities and  lifestyle of sins that brought to the total breakdown of the human social and civil system was because of two things: their apathetic and amoral attitude and their lack of knowledge of right living given by God for their good.

The results of such a breakdown: unproductive economic outcome, violence, evil, murder, misery, destruction, gloom and darkness, not a moment of peace, sightless, hungry, mournful, living dead. An apt description of today’s situation for many too.

The Helper whom God has sent: Jesus Christ. The Redeemer. The Holy Spirit who will never leave us. 

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Listen! The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you,
    nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call.

No one cares about being fair and honest.
    The people’s lawsuits are based on lies.

They conceive evil deeds and then give birth to sin.

Their webs can’t be made into clothing,
    and nothing they do is productive.
All their activity is filled with sin,
    and violence is their trademark.

Their feet run to do evil,
    and they rush to commit murder.

They think only about sinning.
    Misery and destruction always follow them.

They don’t know where to find peace
    or what it means to be just and good.
They have mapped out crooked roads,
    and no one who follows them knows a moment’s peace.

So there is no justice among us,
    and we know nothing about right living.
We look for light but find only darkness.
    We look for bright skies but walk in gloom.

10 We grope like the blind along a wall,
    feeling our way like people without eyes.
Even at brightest noontime,
    we stumble as though it were dark.
Among the living,
    we are like the dead.
11 We growl like hungry bears;
    we moan like mournful doves.
We look for justice, but it never comes.
    We look for rescue, but it is far away from us.

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15 Yes, truth is gone,
    and anyone who renounces evil is attacked.

The Lord looked and was displeased
    to find there was no justice.
16 He was amazed to see that no one intervened
    to help the oppressed.
So he himself stepped in to save them with his strong arm,
    and his justice sustained him.
17 He put on righteousness as his body armor
    and placed the helmet of salvation on his head.
He clothed himself with a robe of vengeance
    and wrapped himself in a cloak of divine passion.
18 He will repay his enemies for their evil deeds.
    His fury will fall on his foes.
    He will pay them back even to the ends of the earth.
19 In the west, people will respect the name of the Lord;
    in the east, they will glorify him.
For he will come like a raging flood tide
    driven by the breath of the Lord.[a]

20 The Redeemer will come to Jerusalem
    to buy back those in Israel
who have turned from their sins,”[b]
    says the Lord.

21 And this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit will not leave them, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children’s children forever. I, the Lord, have spoken!

Footnotes:

  1. 59:19 Or When the enemy comes like a raging flood tide, / the Spirit of the Lord will drive him back.
  2. 59:20 Hebrew The Redeemer will come to Zion / to buy back those in Jacob / who have turned from their sins. Greek version reads The one who rescues will come on behalf of Zion, / and he will turn Jacob away from ungodliness. Compare Rom 11:26.

the Spirit of Christ sets sinners free

Isaiah 57 Hear God: two messages

The prophet listened to the Lord and narrated two messages in Isaiah 57. The first message (3-13) addresses the idolatries, sorceries, occults practices rampant in those days. Reading the message Christians today take heed of the same practices amongst many using modern technology. God has spoken and warned of this abomination through prophet Isaiah (740BC-698BC) two thousand seven hundred years ago! The heart of man has not changed. Jesus has warned and shed tears over the hardness of heart as He knew the destruction which would come to them, and it came in AD70 (the siege of Jerusalem led by the future Roman emperor Titus). Will it happen again? The book of Revelation (how the world will end) has been given to us. Read and all will see the end times prophecy which has been revealed through apostle John.

In the second message, God speaks hope: salvation and healing to His people.

How will this happen? Has it happened? Yes, it has since Jesus Christ came to this earth, for those who believe. Salvation: deliverance and healing, has come to many.

Jesus says, “Come to Me!” “I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

Key verses:

“Take the stumbling block out of the way of My people.”

I dwell in the high and holy place,
With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
To revive the spirit of the humble,
And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

“But he who puts his trust in Me shall possess the land,
And shall inherit My holy mountain.”

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Isaiah 57 New King James Version (NKJV)

Israel’s Futile Idolatry

The righteous perishes,
And no man takes it to heart;
Merciful men are taken away,
While no one considers
That the righteous is taken away from evil.
He shall enter into peace;
They shall rest in their beds,
Each one walking in his uprightness.

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“But come here,
You sons of the sorceress,
You offspring of the adulterer and the harlot!
Whom do you ridicule?
Against whom do you make a wide mouth
And stick out the tongue?
Are you not children of transgression,
Offspring of falsehood,
Inflaming yourselves with gods under every green tree,
Slaying the children in the valleys,
Under the clefts of the rocks?
Among the smooth stones of the stream
Is your portion;
They, they, are your lot!
Even to them you have poured a drink offering,
You have offered a grain offering.
Should I receive comfort in these?
“On a lofty and high mountain
You have set your bed;
Even there you went up
To offer sacrifice.
Also behind the doors and their posts
You have set up your remembrance;
For you have uncovered yourself to those other than Me,
And have gone up to them;
You have enlarged your bed
And made a covenant with them;
You have loved their bed,
Where you saw their nudity.[a]
You went to the king with ointment,
And increased your perfumes;
You sent your messengers far off,
And even descended to Sheol.
10 You are wearied in the length of your way;
Yet you did not say, ‘There is no hope.’
You have found the life of your hand;
Therefore you were not grieved.

11 “And of whom have you been afraid, or feared,
That you have lied
And not remembered Me,
Nor taken it to your heart?
Is it not because I have held My peace from of old
That you do not fear Me?
12 I will declare your righteousness
And your works,
For they will not profit you.
13 When you cry out,
Let your collection of idols deliver you.
But the wind will carry them all away,
A breath will take them.
But he who puts his trust in Me shall possess the land,
And shall inherit My holy mountain.”

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Healing for the Backslider

14 And one shall say,
“Heap it up! Heap it up!
Prepare the way,
Take the stumbling block out of the way of My people.”

15 For thus says the High and Lofty One
Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
I dwell in the high and holy place,
With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
To revive the spirit of the humble,
And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
16 For I will not contend forever,
Nor will I always be angry;
For the spirit would fail before Me,
And the souls which I have made.
17 For the iniquity of his covetousness
I was angry and struck him;
I hid and was angry,
And he went on backsliding in the way of his heart.
18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him;
I will also lead him,
And restore comforts to him
And to his mourners.

19 “I create the fruit of the lips:
Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,”
Says the Lord,
“And I will heal him.”
20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea,
When it cannot rest,
Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.

21 There is no peace,”
Says my God, “for the wicked.”

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 57:8 Literally hand, a euphemism

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Matthew 11:28-29 Amplified Bible (AMP)

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will [a]ease and relieve and [b]refresh [c]your souls.]

29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest ([d]relief and ease and refreshment and [e]recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 11:28 William Tyndale, The Tyndale Bible.
  2. Matthew 11:28 John Wycliffe, The Wycliffe Bible.
  3. Matthew 11:28 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.
  4. Matthew 11:29 Alexander Souter, Pocket Lexicon.
  5. Matthew 11:29 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.

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Isaiah 52-53: God talks about His Son

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The following prophecy that God gave to prophet Isaiah has come true. The Servant KIng had come to earth and accomplished all that He needed to accomplish as a human being. His name is Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 52 New King James Version (NKJV)

13 Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently;
He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.
14 Just as many were astonished at you,
So His visage was marred more than any man,
And His form more than the sons of men;
15 So shall He sprinkle[b] many nations.
Kings shall shut their mouths at Him;
For what had not been told them they shall see,
And what they had not heard they shall consider.

Isaiah 53 New King James Version (NKJV)

 Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

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Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
And they[a] made His grave with the wicked—
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

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10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
11 He shall see the labor of His soul,[b] and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.

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12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 53:9 Literally he or He
  2. Isaiah 53:11 Following Masoretic Text, Targum, and Vulgate; Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint read From the labor of His soul He shall see light.