How We Are Healed

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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. — Isaiah 53:5  

As we continue our 40-Day Fast, I want to encourage you with a promise of healing. (You can scroll down and read about the 40-Day Fast below if you haven't already). 

“By His stripes we are healed,” the prophet wrote. By the stripes that He bore from a severe flogging, we are healed. By the pain He suffered on the Cross, we are healed. Other translations say, “By His wounds we are healed” or “He was whipped so we could be healed.” The stripes on His body were the rows of deep wounds inflicted by a scourging with iron-tipped leather whips.

But there is more to understand. Another level and meaning.

In a study of the original language, I discovered that the word for “stripes” in Hebrew is chaburah, meaning “a black and blue mark, bruise, hurt, stripe, wound” (Strong’s Concordance, ref. 2250, Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary). However, chaburah comes from a root word, chabar, which has among its meanings, “to unite, to join, to be compact…to have fellowship with” (Strong’s, ref. 2266). In modern Hebrew, it is translated as “friend.”

We are healed by His wounds, but we are also healed by our fellowship with Him. As we draw close to Him, we can experience His compassion and His power to heal. “No longer do I call you servants,” He said to His followers, “for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15).

Our intimate friendship with Jesus is healing, physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Be encouraged as we continue to fast and seek God’s glory. He will draw us closer to Him as we open our hearts and surrender our lives, and I know we will see His glory and experience His healing power in all aspects of our lives.

DEVOTIONALSRay Bentley