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The Book of Acts - Chapter 28



The Book of Acts

Chapter 28


Healing is a Matter of Time

Paul Ashore on Malta

Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. 2 The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. 3 Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. 4 When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.” 6 The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; BUT after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god. 7 There was an estate nearby that belonged to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us to his home and showed us generous hospitality for three days. 8 His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him. 9 When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured. 10 They honored us in many ways; and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed.


Paul’s Arrival at Rome

11 After three months we put out to sea… 14 And so we came to Rome… 16 When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him. 19 I was compelled to make an appeal to Caesar. I certainly did not intend to bring any charge against my own people… 25 They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your ancestors when he said through Isaiah the prophet: 26 “‘Go to this people and say, “You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.” 27 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’[Isaiah 6:9,10]… 30 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. 31 He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness [No Fear] and without hindrance!

/END of Acts/


Hippocratic Oath


“I swear by Apollo the physician, and Aesculapius, and Health, and All-heal, and all the gods and goddesses, that, according to my ability and judgment, I will keep this Oath and this stipulation—to reckon him who taught me this Art equally dear to me as my parents, to share my substance with him, and relieve his necessities if required; to look upon his offspring in the same footing as my own brothers, and to teach them this Art, if they shall wish to learn it, without fee or stipulation; and that by precept, lecture, and every other mode of instruction, I will impart a knowledge of the Art to my own sons, and those of my teachers, and to disciples bound by a stipulation and oath according to the law of medicine, but to none others. I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious [harmful often in a subtle or unexpected way] and mischievous. I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion. [NO abortion] With purity and with holiness I will pass my life and practice my Art. [Note: 1983 abortion reference was quietly taken out] I will not cut persons laboring under the [gall] stone, but will leave this to be done by men who are practitioners of this work. Into whatever houses I enter, I will go into them for the benefit of the sick, and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief and corruption; and, further from the seduction of females or males, of freemen and slaves. Whatever, in connection with my professional practice or not, in connection with it, I see or hear, in the life of men, which ought not to be spoken of abroad, I will not divulge, as reckoning that all such should be kept secret. While I continue to keep this Oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the art, respected by all men, in all times! But should I trespass and violate this Oath, may the reverse be my lot!”

“Healing is a Matter of Time”

-Hippocrates

MY Colored highlights to help us see how fickle people can be about issues of sickness and healing…

Good

Bad


Paul Ashore on Malta

Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. 2 The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.

I think that this “wrong” view of pain and suffering [Karma] has always been around.

If things are good, you deserve it.

If things are bad, you also deserve it.

3 Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened [Bit] itself on his hand.

[Never good news]


4 When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.” 6 The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; BUT after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god. 7 There was an estate nearby that belonged to Publius, the chief official of the island… 8 His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery.

Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him.

(Greek) “iomai” = instantaneous

9 When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured.”

(Greek) “therapeuo” = over time, through therapy.


Healing is a matter of time.

1. Instantly. (“Miracle”)

2. Over time. (“miracle” of medicine)

3. Ultimate healing. (Heaven)


“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

-Revelation 21:4


"'Death has been swallowed up in victory.' Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

-I Corinthians 15:51, 54-57


“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

-Isaiah 40:28-31


* Pray for healing.

* God will do it.


Either:

Instantaneously, Over time, or in Heaven.

Pray _____, Never-the-less Thy will be done.

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