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Bible Commentary Adam Clarke

Why hasn't God healed my Child?
(Answering the Question that many Pastors Can't)
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Yahweh has been slandered, by his children, by such statements as stated above. Yahweh's Word is very clear on why some people do not need healing; while others need healing; why some receive healing and why others do not. It is the doctrines of men and their unbelief that confuse this subject, blackening the pristine brightness of Adonay Yahweh, our Creator. This article will take a step-by-step approach to answering the above question, so others can deliver people from a lie to the truth, even though they or a loved one may suffer and die a premature death. This article will only address practicing Christians, that-is-to-say, those who keep Yahweh's commandments.

Yahweh has promised his children the victory, which is Life Age-Abiding upon the coming New Earth, wherein dwells righteousness; where a day is as 1,000 years and a 1,000 years as one day; where Yahweh and Yahoshua will abide; where death, sickness and pain shall be no more; where the adversary and his host shall be no more; where our End, will be our Beginning (Ps. 37, Rev. 20-22)! We will receive incorruptible bodies for, "...the dead, shall be raised, incorruptible, and, we, shall be changed. For this corruptible must needs clothe itself with incorruptibility, and this mortal, clothe itself, with immortality. But, whensoever, this mortal, shall clothe itself with immortality, then, shall be brought to pass the saying that is written—Death hath been swallowed up, victoriously;  Where, O death, is thy victory? Where, O death, is thy sting" (1 Cor. 15:52-54)? Regardless of the suffering and pain one is inflicted with in this life, this life is nothing to be compared to our promised future. We are loved beyond any human understanding by our Ab (Father) Yahweh and our Adon (Lord) Yahoshua. Every thing, within their means, has and will be given to us in our hour of need. Yahweh's promises of our future state must always be our never ending focus, our mediation, our inspiration, our hope, which will guide us through ours and others adversities.

Adversities must be kept in perspective to happiness. The majority of humans, beginning with Eve and Adam, have a wonderful life, even though they all have misfortunes and all have died. In our world, premature death is the exception rather than the rule. The adversities in life, as a whole, are small in comparison to the beauties, though at the time adversities seem to be overwhelming because we have lost our perspective. A sickness for two weeks can be alarming but when put into perspective, we realize that we have been health for fifty weeks. Life is so treasured that very few people ever take their own life, meaning we feel blessed rather than feeling cursed.

The majority of Pastors follow the traditions of men, when dealing with suffering and premature death. They proclaim, 'God is in control;' 'Your love ones are in Heaven with God;' 'We do not understand why God allows pain and suffering.' In an article in Dallas Theological Seminary titled, "Why Does a Good God Allow Suffering?" the author states, "If God is good, why would He allow a tornado to level Jarrell [Texas]?...None of that explains why God allows suffering, pain, and heartbreak in a world He claims to control. Natural disasters and personal tragedy defy explanation, particularly when we stand in the quagmire of grief. Most of them contain riddles we cannot answer until we get to heaven. But one principle stands firm to those who believe God’s Word: through every tragic experience God calls us to look up and trust Him with the outcome, however bizarre it might seem at the time." All of these underlined statements come from the doctrines of men (doctrines of the adversary), which are not comforting but stand in contradiction to the truths of Yahweh's Word; words that will set us free. Terms such as, 'He allows,' 'In control,' and 'Get to Heaven,' are terms that shackle and imprison us into the darkest dungeon.  Many pastors today, have Yahweh as the Priest, the Levite and the Samaritan in the parable of the Good Samaritan. They have Yahweh passing by, on the opposite side of the man who was left for dead (allowing someone to die), as well as showing him as the Good Samaritan by healing him. No wonder people are so confused about Yahweh.

Yahweh's Will is Health
Yahweh's will is health for all! He built natural healing into each of our bodies. We have an immune system to fight disease; white blood cells to fight infection and skin to protect our bodies from harmful elements. A physician can not heal a person. They can only remove or destroy a problem, which would then allow the body to heal itself. Yahweh has given men the knowledge and materials to cure an illness or disease, such as with penicillin. Cures are not invented but rather the knowledge and materials for the cure are already part of Yahweh's laws, which must be discovered by man. The abundance of inoculations, cures etc. that Yahweh has given to mankind through information and material should make us bow upon our knees in Thanksgiving! Yahweh is never the reason for an illness of a practicing Christian, neither does he withhold the cure to teach him a lesson.   

Yahweh Can't Do Everything!
Yahweh's attributes are Lovingkindness (hesed) and Love (ahab). These attributes necessitate Yahweh's desire to always heal the sick. Yahweh's second commandment is to, "love thy neighbor as thyself." Yahweh must obey his commandments. If I was a physician and my neighbor had a sickness that I could cure but did not do so, I would be in violation of this commandment. Likewise, Yahweh, who is, 'The Physician,' can not withhold a cure from his neighbor, without violating his own commandment! 1 John 3:16-17 states, "Hereby, have we come to understand love: in that, He, for us, his life laid down; and, we, ought, for the brethren, our lives to lay down. But, whoso hath this world’s goods, and beholdeth his brother having, need, and shutteth up his tender affections from him, how, is, the love of God, abiding in him?" A brother who is sick has a need. If Yahweh has the ability to remove that sickness and does not, then we could say, "How is the love of Yahweh abiding in Yahweh?" Yahweh again would be breaking his own commandments. What must be the answer? Yahweh has limited himself to mankind by giving them freedom of will. Certain legal requirements, which we will examine, must be met before supernatural (he has already given us natural healing) healing can be received. (For more information, read the article, "God is Not in Control!," in Teleios Book 1.)

Garden of Eden
Let us begin at the beginning and the end of our Story. Yahweh never willed sickness and death for mankind, but on the contrary, gave Adam and Eve Life, free from sickness and disease. This is how the beginning of the book began and it is how those who choose to live with Yahweh, will end when they receive life age-abiding upon his New Earth, as unveiled in Revelation 21-22. Regardless of how many misfortunes happen in our lives, we have been promised a Rose Garden; a Garden of Eden. Our first life, which can last from 1 day to 100 years upon this earth is nothing compared to what has been promised to us. Paul writes in Romans 8:18, "For I reckon that unworthy are the sufferings of the present season to be compared with the glory about to be revealed towards us." Psalm 37:29 promises, "The righteous, shall inherit the earth, that they may settle down, to futurity, thereupon." This is our "...hope of life age-abiding; which Yahweh, who cannot lie, promised before age-during times" (Titus 1:2). This hope will carry us through the difficult times we will all have upon this earth. (Read the article, "Paradise, Home Sweet Home," in Teleios Book 1.)

Why do we have death and who is responsible? Adam and again I say, Adam! Do you remember these words, "...Accursed be the ground for thy sake, In pain, shalt thou eat of it, all the days of thy life...For, dust, thou art, And, unto dust, shalt thou return," and "...For, since indeed, through a man, came death through a man, also cometh the raising of the dead" (Gen. 3:17-18; 1 Cor. 15:21)? If we are tempted to curse anyone for bringing upon the earth, disease, sickness and death, it would be Adam and Eve and not Yahweh. Roman's 8:19-22 explains what is happening to the earth, by stating, " For, the eager outlook of creation, ardently awaiteth the revealing of the sons of Yahweh,—For, unto vanity, hath creation been made subject—not by choice, but by reason of him that made it subject, in hope That, creation itself also, shall be freed—from the bondage of the decay into the freedom of the glory of the sons of Yahweh; For we know that, all creation, is sighing together, and travailing-in-birth-throes together until the present."

Promises of Health
In the beginning, it appears that sickness and disease were not much of a reality for righteous people. People, such as Adam, lived to 930 years of age but men became so evil that their life span was shortened by the flood (Genesis 6); Noah lived 950 years; Abraham  175 years; Moses 120 years and David lived 70 years. Yahweh gave a means to maintaining and acquiring health. Deuteronomy 28 states, that "...if thou wilt, hearken, unto the voice of Yahweh thy Elohim, to observe to do all his commandments which I am commanding thee, today, then...Blessed, shall be the fruit of thy body."  Proverbs 3:7-8 promises, "...Revere Yahweh, and avoid evil: Healing, shall it be to thy body, and refreshing, to thy bones." Yahoshua, who is the very image of Yahweh, fulfilled our Father's will by bring health to Israel.

Ruah (spirit) Empowers
Ruah (spirit) empowers those who will believe! In the Old Testament, the prophets received ruah. The prophet Elijah raised from the dead the widow from Zarephath's  son (1 Kg. 17:17-24). The prophet Elisha raised from the dead the son of the Shunammitess (2 Kg. 4:32-35). Our Lord Yahoshua raised from the dead Jairus' daughter (Mk. 5:36), a widow's son (Lk. 7:14) and Lazarus (Jn. 11). Yahoshua instructed the twelve who were sent forth to, "Be curing, the sick, raising, the dead,—cleansing, lepers, casting out, demons: freely, ye have, received, freely, give" (Mt. 10:8). Yahoshua instructed the seventy to, " curing the sick that are, therein..." (Lk. 10:9). The apostle Peter raised Dorcas from the dead (Acts 9:36-40). The apostle Paul raised a child from the dead (Acts 20:10-12). These men, equipped with ruah (power) and according to their faith, healed the sick and raised the dead, according to the will of Yahweh. Yahoshua, while present upon the Earth, was the very image and likeness of Yahweh, doing his will by healing the sick. Yahoshua stated to Phillip, "He that hath seen me, hath seen the Father." The Father's will, then and now, is always to heal his children who are walking in his Word. As I stated above, "Every thing, within their (Yahweh & Christ) means, has been given to us in our hour of need." The people who could not be helped were those who did not come to Yahoshua or they came and did not believe; "And he did not, there, many mighty works, because of their unbelief" (Mt. 13:58).

The same is true for today. Israel did not enter the promise land because ten of the twelve spies taught unbelief to the people. Yahweh's desire for Israel was not for them to wander in the wilderness for forty years but to be in the land which flowed with milk and honey. The people forgot the reason for their misfortune and blamed Moses, rather than the ten spies, for their calamities, by saying,  "Certainly, not into a land flowing with milk and honey, hast thou brought us, nor given unto us an inheritance of field and vineyard" (Nu. 16:14). The same is true today.

All things are Possible to those who Believe
"And, Yahoshua, said unto him—As for this, If it be possible to thee, all things, are possible, to him who hath faith" (Mk. 9:23). Hebrews, chapter eleven, records an essential truth concerning power that issues forth from aman (faith). We have been given a tool, from Yahweh, that enables us to overcome tragedies but it is our obligation to utilize it. Many of us will fall short in utilizing this power in it's fullness, making our outcome below our desire. The outcomes to our lives is our responsibility. We must take responsibility when we do not operate our faith in the capacity of being delivered from sickness. Yahweh  desires our deliverance from sickness, as any loving parent would, and has given us all that we need to be delivered but it is up to us to implement the tools that he has given us. Yahoshua illustrated that tool, by cursing a fig tree; "And, answering, Yahoshua saith unto them—Have faith of Yahweh.  Verily, I say unto you—Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be lifted up, and cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that, what he speaketh, cometh to pass, it shall be his. For this cause, I say unto you—All things, whatsoever ye are praying for and asking, believe that ye have received, and they shall be yours" (Mk. 11:23-24).

People can believe for themselves to be healed. Also, other individuals can exercise their faith to deliver someone besides themselves, as was done with the Centurion and his servant. The narrative states, "...the centurion, answering, said, Lord! I am of no consideration, that, under my roof, thou shouldest enter,—but, only say with a word, and healed shall be my servant...Now Yahoshua, hearing, marveled, and said to them that followed,—Verily, I say unto you, With no one in Israel, such faith as this, have I found...Withdraw! and, as thou hast believed, be it done for thee. And healed was the servant in that hour" (Mt. 8:8-13). Elijah, Elisha, Yahoshua, Peter and Paul were all in the category of healing someone who lacked the faith to be healed. The Word of Yahweh declares that people with aman (faith) can move mountains. Let us teach this truth. (For more information, read the article, "Faith Unleashes Power!," in Teleios Book 3.)      

Yahoshua poured out Ruah (spirit) upon his Body
Every member the Body of the Christ has been given ruah, that-is-to-say, power, regardless of what the Church is saying. An example of individuals implementing this power, other than the Apostles, were Stephen and Phillip, who were normal folk just like us. The book of Acts records their faith in action, empowered by ruah. 1 Corinthians chapters 12 and 14, addresses the power and implementation of ruah, which as a whole, the Church has rejected. This rejection has handicapped the Church, thereby hindering the Will of Yahweh. It would be as if the Church spoke against the use of penicillin, then blaming Yahweh for the sickness in the Church. One of the manifestations of the ruah is Gifts of Healing (1 Cor. 12:9). There are today individuals whose position in the Body of the Christ are associated with, Mighty Works and Gifts of Healings (1 Cor. 12:28), as there are also Prophets and Apostles, who can walk in this capacity but the majority of the Churches disbelieve this portion of the Word of Yahweh, thereby hindering healing from Yahweh. Many will say this statement is blasphemy! Yahoshua, in his own town (Nazareth) was actually thrown out of the town by the people who knew him (Lk. 4).  How many healings were done in Nazareth? Probably very few if any. Most Churches today would also throw our Lord out of their Church if he came in speaking in tongues and prophesying.        


The Dead do not go to Heaven
This doctrine of demons was designed to make people, some how, feel better. But like Kenny Chesney, the country singer, sings, "Everybody wants to go to heaven, Have a mansion high above the clouds, Everybody wants to go to heaven, But nobody wants to go now!" So true, so true. What this song is addressing is dying. I will replace heaven with death or dying and you get what the Church teaches; "Everybody wants to Die, Have a mansion high above the clouds, Everybody wants to Die, But nobody wants to Die now!" DEATH has never been the Hope of Israel, which is the resurrection of the righteous and the New Earth (Lk. 14:14, Ps. 37) and DEATH is not the Hope of today's Church, which is the Parousia of the Lord (1 Cor. 15, 1 Thess. 4:13). Yahweh had Paul compose a whole chapter (1 Cor. 15) dealing with the dead sleeping and being awakened. So telling grieving loved ones that the child who died, who God could have healed but didn't, did not really die but is playing with Jesus in Heaven is not comforting but rather it is disturbing.  (For more information, read the articles, "What Happens when a Person Dies?," and "The Awakening," in Teleios Book 2.)

Answering the Question,
'Why hasn't God healed my Child?'
Yahweh's will has always been 100% health for your child, which is why he has given us all the tools to receive health but it is up to us to use them. Yahweh hates sickness and death, which are the result of the actions of Adam and Eve. Their actions effected all of mankind. Yahweh has given us freedom of will, which limits his abilities. He can not break his own laws. He can not do all things! He hates to see what is happening to your child more than you do, so much so, that he gave his only-begotten Son to fix the problem. Your child's illness has nothing to do with what you have done or what the child has done. Sickness, genetic defeats, disease etc. are the result of the sin of Adam and Eve. Yahweh has given us power through the operation of our faith to be healed. Our believing, as stated in Mark 11:23, Luke 17:6 and Matthew 21:21, can bring healing, as was illustrated throughout the Gospels. Yahweh has given us spirit, which is power, that can be exercised to your child's benefit. He has given us the ability to prophesy so we can hear words directly from Yahweh, addressing our problems, giving us words of encouragement and comfort. He has given us word of knowledge and word of wisdom, which can guide us to the correct physicians, medications and medical facilities, if need be.  Let us also seek men and women who specialize in operating the gifts of healing and mighty works (faith). Yahweh desires no one to have a premature death but rather provides long life and health to the best of his ability.

The worst case scenario is the child goes to sleep. (Death is not an advantage to the child, as is taught by the Church. If dying is the portal to heaven, then life is our enemy and death is our friend.) The child is not in heaven but is asleep awaiting the Parousia of the Lord (1 Thes. 4:13). In sleep there is no time. His next moment of consciousness will be him ascending in the air to meet our Lord, with an incorruptible body; a body like unto our Lord's. He will be in heaven, with our Lord, as so will we, while the Day of Yahweh occurs, which will last approximately seven years. Then we all will descend to live on the New Earth with Christ for 1,000 years (Rev. 20). After death and Sheol are thrown into the Lake of Fire, Yahweh will descend to the New Earth and death, sickness and pain shall be no more, where 1,000 years is as one day and one day as 1,000 years (Rev. 20-22).  

"Why does God allow men to die?" should never be a question for believers, neither should, "Why hasn't God healed my Child?"  These questions can only come from the lips of ignorant unbelievers, who do not have Yahweh's Word. Yahweh does not allow or will men to die neither does he allow or will people to be sick! Yahweh is ahab (love) and hesed (lovingkindness). Sickness and death had no part in his plan for mankind but rather his plan was mankind to have Life Age-Abiding in the Garden of Eden. The responsibility for sickness and death lay at the feet of Eve and Adam. We must accept this truth and teach it to all who have ears to hear. The reason my child is not healed is because I have not utilized the tools Yahweh has given me in their fullness, which is aman (faith) and ruah (spirit). If the child is of age, then it is their responsibility to exercise these tools for their deliverance. If I have fallen short in this endeavor, never-the-less, I tried, which makes Yahweh proud. We all will fall short in our lives at some time. I have no guilt but rather look to our future hope. Sickness was not my doing but the result of mankind's fall. I know that this life, time wise, is a drop in the bucket compared to what Yahweh has promised. Only then will there be a time, "...when death shall not be any more, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor shall there be any more pain, because the former things did go away" (Rev. 21:4). I will accept the reality that Yahweh can not do all things, as false brethren have taught, and rejoice in the fact that he has done 100% of all he could do in my time of need, as is written in Roman 8:31-32, "What, then, shall we say to a these things? If Yahweh is for us, who shall be against us? He, at least, who his own Son did not spare, but in behalf of us all delivered him up, how shall he not also, with him, all things upon us in favour bestow?"    

(When quoting scriptures, from the Rotherham Emphasized Bible New Testament, I will substitute the Hebrew words
Yahoshua (yeh-ho-shoo’- ah) for Jesus, Yahweh and Elohim for God and the LORD and ruah for pneuma (spirit).)

(For footnotes and Appendix A, see PDF version.)



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