Discover further the wonder of God’s healing. Learn the process of God’s healing in this session. Healing is beyond having a remedy for your body pains. There is a greater journey and purpose in healing. We will learn how the sickness and diseases started to appear in the life stream of man.
When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, God released a word that affected every creation. It is a word of fulfillment to His plan during the creation Genesis chapter 1. When God created man, He created him with a purpose.
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Let us discover the great plan of God for the man and woman.
- God will create mankind in His own image, in the image of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
- God will make mankind to rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.
Discover now the fulfillment of His plan and purpose in the following verses.
22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.
You see, these verses were after the man and the woman ate the forbidden fruit. In logical sense, the act of eating the forbidden fruit was actually a channel from where the fulfillment of Genesis 1:26-27 springs out. Why? Let us discuss that.
When the man and the woman ate the fruit, they realized they are naked. They grasp the idea of being naked. In that moment, the guilt and shame came not because they disobeyed God’s warning. But it was because they are naked with no covering. But when God called the man, the man answered Him.
8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool[c] of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”[d] 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the LordGod said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
When God saw them, He did not care about them being naked. God loves it when you are naked before His presence. Nakedness here is being honest to God. It is because with honesty before Him comes true worship since true worship is worshipping in spirit and in truth.
23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
God is now talking to us about that hour for true worshippers to arise. We see, when people are being open by the Spirit of God to reveal their true condition, they hid themselves from God. We are ashamed to show God who we are and what we feel. It is as if we can hide anything from God. God knows everything but He wants our honesty and humility.
Back to the story, God knew where the man and the woman were. But He wants to test their honesty, humility and allegiance. You see, God asked and the man answered I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” God replied “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” God did not care the disobedience because He knows His plan. But He test the man’s and the woman’s honesty. God was expecting an answer of “Yes”. But the man and the woman answered blaming each other. They were not honest and humble to own their faults. The man blamed the woman and the woman blamed the serpent.
Adam answered “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”
Eve answered “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
We see, the question was “Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” Regardless of how they got the fruit, the main point is the act of eating. Secondly, the serpent did not deceive Eve. The declaration of the serpent in verse 4 is confirmed by God Himself in verse 22. The serpent said, they will not die by eating the fruit but they will be like God knowing good and evil. God said because the man and the woman ate the fruit, they became like one of them knowing good and evil. Thus, the serpent did not deceive Eve.
Now people, the sin here was not eating the fruit but it was dishonesty. Dishonesty is characterized in two situations. First, it is when we are asked and we give false testimony especially with the blame game. Second, it is when we know something but we did not release the testimony because of personal matters. Adam being the first one to encounter God face to face, he should be the one who initiated the disclosure about the fruit they ate. But they got themselves worrying about their nakedness instead of confessing what they did.
Genesis 3:4, 22
4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—”
We see, diseases and sicknesses are not part of the life stream of man when God created heavens and earth and everything in it. When God created the creation, it was all good. Everything was perfect and good. When something is created through the word God had spoken, He always sees it as good. There were no pests or illnesses. The life during that time was so perfect. Adam and Eve had more than enough food for the day because God commanded it to be.
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”
Another thing is the duty of man was to rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground (Genesis 1:28). Why was it the duty of man? It is because God intended for man not to worry about what to eat or where to get this and that. Ruling means you have the access of everything entrusted to you. The earth and everything in it was entrusted to Adam and Eve. And God send out Adam and Eve to fulfill their duty. You see, if they were retained in the garden, they would not have filled the earth. And another is that they should take care of every creation. The whole earth is too big for them to remain in the garden. God did not reject them. He sent them out to do the commission of subduing the earth.
Now we will go to the personal declaration of God to Adam and Eve.
16 To the woman he said,
“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be for[f] your husband,
and he shall rule over you.”
17 And to Adam he said,
“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.”
Now where did the first sickness come? Adam actually tilling the ground was his habit already in the garden in Genesis 2:15. God knows that Adam will not recognize the forgiveness and love He is offering that is why He said “curse is the ground because of you.” It is because from that moment Adam had unforgiveness in his heart. He did not forgive Eve. You see, blaming Eve means he had an offense from Eve. And He did not release forgiveness to her. That is why when Adam tilled the ground with unforgivenes in his heart, he is actually cursing the ground. It is because unforgiveness is another sin that grew due to lack humility and honesty before God of his true condition. And lack of humility and honesty is pride itself. And when he is tilling the ground, he is exhausting himself because the joy of the Lord is not in him to be his strength. We observe that when a person is exhausted and tired, he easily catches sickness to latch in his body. Another thing, because Adam has unforgiveness in his heart, his spirit being is already exhausted. So there is nothing to drive his physical body when it gets tired of daily work. In simple terms, sickness corrupts our body system when our spirit is weak to drive the body and fight the sickness that comes from the spirit of infirmities.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
And before they were sent out, God made them garments of skin to protect their physical body. It also symbolizes the love and forgiveness He offered to them. And these garments are robes of righteousness. This is the beauty of His redemptive plan which started and ended from the beginning.
And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
So the process of healing here is restoration back to the His presence through forgiveness. Healing will not only affect the physical body. But it will also affect the emotional, mental and spiritual being of a man. This curse of unforgiveness was already bore by Jesus Christ in the cross. All we have to do is to reunite ourselves with God and allow Him to process the healing. The healing will bring us back to the place of enjoyment and rest under His presence. Pour out ourselves to Him in His presence. When He opens us up for our true condition, do not run away instead come to Him. Be generous to offer our whole being. Be honest of our sins and weaknesses! Allow Him to establish His Love and Forgiveness in our heart and spirit that we may regain the peace in our being. Release to Him everything. He is more than willing to restore us back into His presence through the power of His grace shown upon the Love up on the cross. By now, we will work, but we have Jesus and the Holy Spirit to strengthen us. We have God to provide everything we need. Effort will come from God. Faith and obedience will come from us. All we have to do is to listen and obey! Obey for there is greater assurance in His word! The curse is already broken. It is up to us if we will live under the grace of God or under the curse of unforgiveness.
Return to God to be healed and be restored! Enjoy God in this journey of healing!