Who among us wouldn’t want a world free of all disease and illness? It’s frustrating, embarrassing, uncomfortable, and occasionally terrifying. Since sickness, pain, and death did not exist before the fall of man, it stands to reason that we would yearn for a time when our health is no longer a priority or something that needs to be maintained or protected.
It’s true that ignorance can be bliss, but we live in a fallen world where the truth of human frailty is too obvious to be ignored. The fact that God’s power is unchangeable and greater than any bacteria, cancer, or virus gives us hope that the world will not always be this way. That we have been adopted by God as his children and made heirs to his Word is a tremendous gift. It helps us when we’re down and gives us a leg up when the going gets tough.
In the Bible, God heals people of their diseases and injuries. He does this in different ways, including through miracles and the power of prayer. God can also work through medicine and doctors to heal us when we need it. This post highlights types of healing in the bible, and miracle stories in the bible.
Stories About Healing In The Bible
As a reminder, God’s love is always available to you. Jesus healed people of all kinds of sickness, but he often chose to work through his disciples when they asked him to do so. We can see this in the story of the man with leprosy who was banned from society (Luke 5:12-14). When he heard that Jesus was passing by and wanted to be healed, the man ran ahead and prostrated himself before Jesus in gratitude.
Peter and paul healing
In the Bible, there are many stories of healing. One of the most well-known is in Acts 5:12-16 when Peter and Paul healed a man with palsy:
“But before they laid hands on them, they had them brought in under guard to give them an opportunity to repent and change their minds so they would not be stoned to death.
Peter said, “Men and brothers, listen now. We are being accused today by some Jews who have come here from Judea about how we turned people away from their religion in order that we might integrate it into ours. They are right that this did happen; but our Jewish brothers don’t know what they’re doing when they accuse us.”
“You see,” he continued, “it’s actually true that God has made all races equal—but since there was no way any one race could rule over another race without being destroyed by its own prideful nature (a lesson much needed today), He chose to use different means for different times until He found a way for all races to live together as equals.”
Healing in Samuel
The Bible records stories of healing and health. We can learn from the example of Samuel, a man who was called by God to lead Israel but had a troubled past.
When Samuel’s mother Hannah was barren for many years, she prayed to God for a child and gave away her household idols in response to His promise. She eventually gave birth to Samuel after many years of waiting (see 1 Samuel 1:19-28).
Samuel’s father Elkanah also experienced healing when he went on pilgrimages each year with his family to worship at Shiloh where the Tabernacle stood. In his old age he became sick while they were in Shiloh, but when they returned home he was restored (see 1 Samuel 1:24).
Samuel’s brothers also received cures from their ailments as they were growing up under his care; Nathan healed Abner’s fever with herbs (see 2 Samuel 12:16-23), and Meribbaal recovered completely after being struck down by an evil spirit (see 2 Samuel 16:1-4).
Healing in acts of apostles
The apostles healed the sick, lame and blind. They also healed deformed people and those possessed by demons. They even raised the dead!
Acts 4:33-35: “And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord, and great grace was upon them all. For neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them away, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.”
God heals people, if they will obey him.
God is the source of all healing. He heals people if they obey him. God’s power is available to us, through faith in Jesus Christ and obedience to God’s Word. Jesus is the ultimate healer, who healed people in many ways—physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that God and Jesus are still healing people today. We can all find hope for healing by learning about the many miracles in the Bible, from the man with leprosy to Lazarus, who was raised from the dead. Here is a list of some of my favorite stories about how God or Jesus healed people:
Jesus heals the man with leprosy
In the story of the man with leprosy, Jesus heals a foreigner who had been ostracized by his community. The Jewish people believed that foreigners were unclean and would not be allowed to enter their temple or even eat with them in public. Jesus healed this man by touching him; he didn’t ask for money or give instructions on how to act right—he just touched him and then said go show yourself to a priest, which would prove he was no longer unclean.
Jesus heals a paralyzed man
- Jesus heals a paralyzed man (John 5:1-14)
- The man is healed in Capernaum on the Sabbath day.
- He was healed by Jesus’ word and his touch.
- This miracle shows how powerful Jesus was and how he could heal everyone who needed help.
Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead
In this story, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. This is an amazing story because it shows that death is not permanent and it shows how much God loves us.
Lazarus, who had been sick for four days, died. His sisters were very sad and cried for him because they did not want him to die.
When Jesus heard about this, he told his followers that Lazarus was sleeping but that he would wake up again soon. He also said that if anyone believed in him; then when they died they would live again too! This made some people very angry because they thought that Jesus was making fun of suffering people by saying things like this when he could have just saved them instead!
Jesus healed the centurion’s servant
- Jesus healed the centurion’s servant (Luke 7:1-10).
- Jesus healed the man with leprosy (Luke 5:12-16).
- Jesus healed the paralyzed man (Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26).
- Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11).
The woman with a hemorrhage
When Jesus came to the town of Nain, he saw a funeral procession. The widow was following the body of her only son, who had just died. Jesus stopped and said to her, “Weep no more!” He went up and touched the coffin; at that moment the dead man sat up and began talking. Then Jesus gave a loud cry and said: “Lazarus come out!” The dead man came out but had been bound hand and foot with strips of cloth (John 11:14-16).
Reading about God or Jesus healing people in the bible might help you find hope for yourself.
Reading about God or Jesus healing people in the bible might help you find hope for yourself.
The stories of healing in the Bible are inspiring, motivating, and can help you realize that God is real. They show that he cares about you and wants to heal you too!
I hope that these stories about healing in the bible will help you find hope for your own healing. We can all use a little more hope, right? I know there are times when I feel like my life isn’t going anywhere and things don’t seem to be getting better. But then I remember that God is always with me and he loves me no matter what. If we keep trusting him and believing in his promises, then someday our lives will get better too! God is a healing God. He loves us and wants us to be healthy and whole. If we will obey him, he will heal us from all our diseases and sicknesses.
Types Of Healing In The Bible
According to the Bible, man is a triune creature. The point I’m trying to make is that people aren’t as simple as they seem on the surface.
He has three aspects, and he was made in God’s likeness. His physical form is just one part of his multi-faceted being.
Because of these three components, there are three areas of a man that can become ill or injured and require treatment.
All three of these modalities of healing are discussed in the Bible.
Spiritual healing is the first form of healing mentioned in the Bible.
We need spiritual healing when our spirits have been wounded and made sick by the effects of sin in our lives.
Do not assume that I am someone who is quick to assign blame. Not me! I’ve had more than my share of sin and seen its terrible results firsthand.
To miss the mark is to commit sin; this is the simplest definition of the word. When we fail to do so, we risk the destruction of our immortal souls.
Therefore, the process of renewing and restoring one’s spirit is what is meant by “spiritual healing.” What Jesus meant when He said people needed to be “born again” is this.
This restoration occurs when a person accepts God’s offer of forgiveness through a personal relationship with Jesus.
Even for a Christian, forgiving others is a practice that needs regular attention. If we don’t, our soul will get sick and hurt all over again.
This is why some people get all puffed up about their religion and spirituality instead of walking in the humility that comes from knowing you are no better than anyone else, just forgiven.
They have forgotten how important it is to forgive continuously.
Physical healing is important, but emotional healing is just as important.
When a person’s emotional wounds are healed, they no longer feel guilt or shame over past wrongdoings or the wrongs done to them in the present.
Guilt is a normal response to sin. Guilt is more than just a fact; it’s also a feeling.
When someone sins against us, it can cause a wide range of negative feelings. When you no longer feel those negative emotions when you recall or reflect on past actions or the actions of others, you have emotionally healed.
In the aftermath of being called out for his role in orchestrating Uriah’s death, King David was able to be honest with God and experience both spiritual and emotional restoration as a result. This is what He proclaims in Psalm 32:8.
5 I’ve come clean with you about my wrongdoing and no longer try to hide my guilt.
I resolved to be honest with the LORD about my disobedience.
You let me off the hook, too. Now I feel completely free of any blame.
David was not only absolved of his guilt but also forgiven. His broken heart had been mended.
Physical healing is the third category.
I understand that the topic of physical healing can spark strong feelings. If my knowledge of physical healing came solely from the miracle shows broadcast on Christian television, I too would reject the idea.
But I don’t get my ideas and values from Christian broadcasts. According to the Bible, God originally conceived of the concept of physical healing.
He declared himself to be the Lord who heals us. Exodus 15:26 That the Messiah would bear our infirmities and carry our diseases was a prophecy made about him, and Jesus was the one who made it come true.
Jesus prophesied that believers would be able to lay hands on the sick and see them get better as a sign that they were His disciples.
God therefore conceived of the concept of physical healing, rather than the televangelists. They simply appropriated the information for their own ends.
Miracle Stories In The Bible
Here are my top seven miracles, all of which are exceptionally challenging to conceptualize in full.
Jesus Makes Wine From Water, Number Seven
Six water jars made of stone were placed nearby for use in Jewish ritual bathing. Twenty to thirty gallons might be stored in each. Jesus ordered his servants to get water and fill the jars. When the jars were full, he instructed us to “now dip some out and take it to the master of ceremonies.” Consequently, the help obeyed his orders.
The master of ceremonies called the groom over after tasting the transformed water (though the servants knew the source). He remarked, “The best wine is always served first by a host.” When everyone has had a few glasses of the more expensive wine, he breaks out the cheaper bottle. This is the best you’ve saved for last! John 2:6-10
Why That’s So Cool:
Currently, you are a guest at a wedding. Everyone seems to be having a fantastic time at the party. Sadly, the wine runs out quickly. So, what do we do?
In less than five minutes, Jesus can make more wine.
Numerous aspects of this tale appeal to me. How Mary always expects Jesus to pitch in, even though he never actually makes good on his promise. The maids and cooks all think he might be completely insane. The wine is the best one available at the moment. Simply put, it’s a fantastic tale that never fails to put a grin on my face.
It’s brilliantly dramatized in The Chosen:
The Reasons Why I Don’t Believe It: I have no problem visualizing this actually occurring. One reason this is so challenging is that Jesus made six gallons of wine for a crowd that had already consumed numerous alcoholic beverages. Since I came from a religiously conservative background, this book has forced me to reconsider some of my prior beliefs and practices concerning alcohol.
In sermons I’ve heard it claimed that wine back then wasn’t very potent, but that’s always seemed odd to me given how often Paul mentions inebriation in his letters. Why did he warn against drinking wine if it didn’t actually cause intoxication?
Hence, Jesus made 6 gallons of wine to keep the celebration going.
The Bottomless Oil and Flour Container, No. 6
Until the Lord God of Israel sends rain and the crops grow again, the Lord promises that there will always be flour and olive oil in your storage containers.
Following Elijah’s advice, she and her family kept on eating for several more days. The containers were never depleted of their supply of flour or olive oil, as the Lord had promised through Elijah. 1 Kings 17:14-16
For its diminutive size alone, I find this miracle to be absolutely fantastic. There was no booming volume. Only a small percentage of people benefited from it. That’s incredible, but it’s not even the most miraculous thing that happens in this section. Just a mother and her child, but God intervenes to ease their anguish and calm their fears.
The enormity of the world’s problems can make it hard to believe that God is concerned with my plight, but this miracle has shown me that this is not the case.
The strangeness of the surrounding circumstances makes this story seem implausible. If I still lived there, I’d be staring into that jar for as long as possible right now. Or you could empty it completely and just wait for it to refill. Putting myself in this situation makes it hard to believe. It doesn’t matter how “small” it is.
- The Donkey Demands His Rider Cease The Whipping
Then the Lord endowed the animal with vocal abilities. What have I done to you to warrant your beating me three times?” it demanded of Balaam.
“Now you’ve made a fool out of me!” Balaam yelled. “I wish I had a sword so I could kill you!”
But I am the same donkey you have ridden your whole life,” the donkey countered. When faced with a new challenge, do you ever find yourself wondering, “Have I done anything like this before (Numbers 22:28-30)
The Reasons Why:
Someone heard a donkey neighing. When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for my stuffed animals and dolls to start chatting with me. The possibility of their success both thrilled and alarmed me. If they had spoken to me, I don’t know what I would have done, but I doubt I would have answered without first wondering what the hell was going on.
That’s not Balaam. Apparently, this isn’t the first time he’s heard that donkey’s voice. He merely responds in a natural way to his questions. To put it simply, I’ve realized a childhood ambition of mine.
Why It’s So Improbable: Do you seriously believe that the donkey has always been thinking those thoughts and that he only recently acquired the ability to communicate them through words? Maybe that’s what gave him the ability to communicate and reason. Or perhaps God merely manipulated the donkey’s musculature to elicit those noises.
The first two options are particularly heartbreaking for the donkey, but all of them are strange. Especially if he realized this was a temporary offer. His mental and linguistic faculties would soon cease to function. Oh, the plight of that poor fellow.
Thousands of Snake Bites are Cured by a Metal Snake Mounted on a Pole
The Lord then commanded him to construct a life-size replica of a venomous snake and mount it on a pole. Those bitten need only look at it to recover! With that in mind, Moses fashioned a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole. Then, those who had been bitten by a snake would only need to look at the bronze snake to recover. Verse 8 and 9 of Chapter 21 of the Book of Numbers
The Reasons Why:
When the Israelites were traveling through the desert, thirsty and hungry, a plague of poisonous snakes broke out and they lived out Indiana Jones’ worst nightmare. After Moses beseeched God to end the serpent problem, the latter instructed him to fashion a metal representation of a snake and display it prominently.
It’s incredible because God responded in a way nobody expected. Instead of removing the source of the people’s anxiety, he instructs them to focus on this symbol while they face the threat. There must be some sort of sermon in there, but I haven’t been able to decipher the symbolism.
Just because it’s hard to understand and picture doesn’t mean it’s hard to believe. Did real snakes avoid people who looked at the snake on the pole, or did the venom have no effect?
When you pretended to be unharmed, did the bite still hurt, or did it become tolerable because you looked so fine? If you blinked at the precise moment you were bitten, what would happen?
There are many queries, but few solutions.
3: Jesus Provides Food for a Large Crowd
Jesus looked up to heaven, took the five loaves and two fish, and said a blessing. Then he began to break the loaves and give them to his disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. The fish was also divided up for everyone to enjoy. After everyone had eaten as much as they wanted, the disciples gathered up 12 baskets of uneaten bread and fish. About five thousand adult males and their families were fed. Mark 6:41-44
Just about every miracle Jesus performed was incredible for that reason. One of the coolest things to imagine is what He did here and the other time He did it.
Spread out before him were what looked like thousands of angry people. They probably didn’t have much money and didn’t make any long-term plans. They probably stole this little bit of food from one family.
The people who abstained from eating are never brought up in conversation. Even though they were the only ones who had done any kind of advance planning, they still had enough faith in Jesus to forego their food supply.
Not even when they had plenty did they give. They contributed based on how well off they were. No doubt a sermon can be found there as well.
Jesus then begins holding the bread and breaking it into pieces, and he never runs out. As a result, everyone was fed. Totally awesome! And incredible!
To put it simply, there are too many reasons to believe this to be true.
Quite like the story of the widow and her flour and oil, this one. Did Jesus keep materializing loaves of bread from nothing? Let me be clear: I’m not saying that can’t happen. That’s why I’m asking, “How did that appear?” What did the devoted notice?
Does anyone know if Jesus ever made Peter reach behind his ear and pluck a fish out from the water? I’m going to assume he did.
Second, a large number of people in Jerusalem are brought back to life.
There was a tremor, and rocks began to fall and tombs to unlock. Many righteous people whose bodies had been found in graves were brought back to life. After Jesus’ resurrection, they left the tomb, entered Jerusalem, and appeared to many worshippers there. Verse 51-53 of Matthew
The Reasons Why:
Once thought to be permanently gone, “many” people who had been buried alive have been brought back to life. You’re about to dig into your meal when the doorbell rings. You open it to find that the brother, mother, or daughter you buried last autumn is waiting for you at the table. That’s fantastic (and totally overwhelming) to think about.
This is the weirdest of the ten resurrection stories in the Bible, and that’s why I find it hard to believe. To me, this is even more incredible than the resuscitation of Eutychus, and I can’t explain why. What was the mechanism behind this?
Did all of the stones get rolled back by angels for them? Is it possible that God reanimated their corpses after they had already lain in state for some time? What did those who had been brought up believe was happening? What happened to them if they had been dead for so long that they no longer had a home or family to return to?
If Jesus is God, then this must have happened, even if it defies logic. In any case, it’s a strange one.
Elijah beats a chariot driver by at least 15 miles.
Finally, the Lord endowed Elijah with supernatural vitality. His cloak tucked into his belt, he raced ahead of Ahab’s chariot to the gates of Jezreel. 1 Kings 18:46
I had a hard time believing this when I was younger. That is, until I started listening to a podcast. Story from 2019 about a guy who outran a horse. #Ooops.
Perhaps the fact that an Arizona man named Nick Coury rode a horse 50 miles up a mountain proves that nothing is truly impossible. I still consider Elijah’s feat of endurance to be miraculous. The rotation of the Earth is halted so that the Israelites can continue their war.
That’s why it froze over, and the moon didn’t move, until Israel had won the day. Is the Book of Jashar missing this? There was no sunset, and the sun remained in the middle of the sky the entire day. Never before or since has God granted such a request. That day, Israel won because the Lord fought for them. Those verses from Joshua 10:13–14
The Reasons Why:
The sun, uh, stopped moving! Wow, that’s awesome! There are times when I just want to look up at the sky and yell, “Hey! To put it simply, don’t move! I need to get to work! Is it more likely that the soldiers had no idea what was happening or that they thought, “This day is taking forever?”
Why What, the sun actually stopped moving? How? Was there a pause in Earth’s rotation? Did God make an artificial sun that illuminated the battlefield while allowing people in the modern-day Eastern Hemisphere and Western Hemisphere to go to bed at their regular times?
Alternately, perhaps their speed was so great that it appeared to onlookers as if they were moving as quickly as Flash. Since they were still traveling at a rate of 24 hours per day, they effectively experienced 48 hours of life. It’s anyone’s guess.
The Bible is not a simple book. It’s not easy reading, but it’s worth the effort. There must be internal conflict.