Sickness is Not a Work of God

Today millions attribute sickness and disease to “the work of God”. I often
hear things like “God put this sickness on me to teach me something” or
“sickness brought me closer to God”. People make these statements not
having any real basis in the Word of God for them. In fact this way of
thinking is in total contradiction to the Word of God and to the nature of
God. Many people hold to these types of statements and many other such
false statements about God mainly because of an “accepted” line of thought
about God that stems, not from the Word, but rather from tradition. If we
accept and believe statements about God that are not based in the word but
are simply from classic traditions or “because my pastor told me so”, then
we have used our will in a way that may be blocking out the truth; in other
words willful ignorance.
For example, why would we believe God makes people sick to bring them
closer to God when the Bible shows thousands coming to God because Jesus
came and healed them? We never see Jesus or the disciples laying hands on
someone and giving them sickness to bring them closer to God. However,
we do have various examples in the world today of individuals and groups of
people who inflict their will by causing pain and suffering. We also have
scripture references of one particular individual who inflicts his will upon
people by the means of pain and suffering and it is not God.

 John 10:10   The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill,
and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that
they may have it more abundantly.
 1 John 3:8 (NKJV) He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has
sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was
manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
These 2 scripture references capture the _____ very well. Satan’s a thief.
Satan is a destroyer. God is the giver of life. God builds up men’s lives.
Jesus manifested the very heart and will of God by destroying the works of

 Acts 10:38 (KJV) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy
Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all
that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

God was with Him. Not destroying men’s lives. Not putting sickness on people, but healing all who were oppressed of the devil.
The fathers will:
 John 6:38 (KJV) For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own
will, but the will of him that sent me.
 John 4:34 (KJV) Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of
him that sent me, and to finish his work.
 Luke 22:42 (KJV) Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup
from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
 John 5:19 (NKJV) Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most
assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what
He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like

Jesus only did the will of God; He wasn’t confused about it or ignorant
concerning it. Jesus did not pray over anyone who needed healing and say
“Father heal them if it be thy will”. The truth is if we do not know Gods will,
we cannot have faith concerning that matter. You can only hope, or wonder
or walk around confused. When we know its Gods will we have confidence. It
does not matter what it looks like or what people say, we know it’s the will
of God so we are bold about it.

 Ephesians 5:17 (KJV) Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding
what the will of the Lord is.
 Romans 12:2 (NKJV)   And do not be conformed to this world, but be
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove
what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

 John 16:13 (NKJV) However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come,
He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His
own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell
you things to come.
 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (NKJV) 9 But as it is written:“Eye has not seen,
nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which
God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 But God has
revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all
things, yes, the deep things of God.

Our job is to know the will of God. We are not to be ignorant of Gods will for us or to think things like “I don’t know why God put this sickness on me; I guess he is trying to teach me a lesson”. Sickness is not the Teacher of the children of God. God does not teach us through pain.
We are taught by the Spirit of God through the word of God.
 Ephesians 1:17-18New King James Version (NKJV) 17   that the God of
our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of
wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your
understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope
of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the

 John 8:31-32 (KJ21) 31 Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed in
Him, “If ye continue in My Word, then are ye My disciples indeed. 32
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

So where does sickness come from?

 Job 2:7 (KJ21) So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and
smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
o Job 2:7 (YLT) And the Adversary goeth forth from the presence of
Jehovah, and smiteth Job with a sore ulcer from the sole of his
foot unto his crown.

 Psalm 41:8New King James Version (NKJV) 8“An evil disease,” they
say, “clings to him. And now that he lies down, he will rise up no more.”
o Psalm 41:8 (YLT) A thing of Belial is poured out on him, And
because he lay down he riseth not again.
 Belial: a term used referring to the Devil.
 Luke 13:13(NKJV) 13,16 And He laid His hands on her, and
immediately she was made straight, and glorified God…16 So ought
not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has
bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on
the Sabbath?”

 Acts 10:38 (NKJV) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy
Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all
who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
 1 John 3:8 (NKJV) …For this purpose the Son of God was manifested,
that He might destroy the works of the devil.

o Isaiah 53:5New King James Version (NKJV) 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.
 Mark 16:17-18New King James Version (NKJV) 17 And these signs will
follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they
will speak with new tongues; 18   they will take up serpents; and if they
drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay
hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

The origin of sickness:

 James 1:14-16 (NKJV) 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn
away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has
conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings
forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.

Sickness and disease work to destroy the body. Sickness is working to bring
about death. If our immune systems grow weak millions of germs and
bacteria will overpower the body and cause it to become weaker and weaker
and eventually shut down and die. This is not the will of God for anyone.
Jesus healed everyone that came to Him. Jesus never refused to heal
anyone. Why? Because it’s never the will of God to destroy. Its never the will
of God to destroy a men’s bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says that our bodys
are the temple of the Holy Ghost. Why would God work to destroy His own
Sickness is a destroyer of men.

 John 10:10 (NKJV) The thief does not come except to
steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they
may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Sickness kills, steals and destroys. Is God a thief? God is
not the thief.

 Romans 5:12 (KJV) Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the
world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for
that all have sinned:
o Romans 5:12 Young's Literal Translation (YLT) because of
this, even as through one man the sin did enter into the
world, and through the sin the death; and thus to all men
the death did pass through, for that all did sin;

Sin came into the world and through sin came death. Spiritual death looks a
lot different than physical death. When a man’s body dies it becomes dust.
Why? Because the body is made of dust, it just dissolves. When a spirit dies
it does not dissolve because the spirits of men are made in the likeness of
God almighty. God is everlasting, God cannot just dissolve or become
nonexistent or decompose, nor can men who are crated just like Him.

What does spiritual death look like? As a physical body begins to shut down
and die, its organs stop working, it loses strength, breathing slows and
eventually stops, this once thriving, beautiful, productive body slowly
becomes unresponsive and eventually starts to decompose.

Revelation 21:4New King James Version (NKJV)
4  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more
death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former
things have passed away.”

We Are Healed By His Stripes (Part 3)

-Many oppose divine healing and feel they have scriptures to back up their
disbelief. I heard a man say once “scripture language frequently attributes
directly to God what He merely permits”. The enemy has spent centuries
hiding the truth of the gospel. He has covered and recovered and recovered
until what is accepted in today’s Christian “traditions” are in many ways the
opposite of the actual gospel. Don’t take my word for it, study for yourself,
take current Christian tradition and line it up with what the scriptures
actually teach and you will begin to see what many accept as actual
Christian truths are merely men’s opinions or assumptions rooted in
unbelief and fear. Men have created beliefs about God and His word based
off of their own experiences and mental calculations which has led to millions
and millions throughout the centuries of powerless believers. Men and
women who have received salvation and forgiveness of sins but have
stopped short and lived out their lives here on this planet under the grip of
Satan; consumed by poverty and disease, dominated by fear and unbelief.

 “Scripture language frequently attributes directly to God what He
merely permits”.

-Here are some of the scriptures references that men have used to justify
the belief that “God made me sick to teach me something”: Due. 32:39, 1
sam. 2:6, Hos. 6:1, Job 5:18.

 Exodus 12:12 (NKJV) 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt on
that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both
man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute
judgment: I am the LORD.

 Exodus 12:13 (NKJV) 13 Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the
houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you;
and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the
land of Egypt.

-The Lord said “I will strike” and “I will execute judgment”. This manifested
as a plague in the natural. What is happening is God is passing judgment
which allows the destroyer access. Other translations refer to the plague as
the “Destroyer”.

 Judges 2:14 (NKJV) And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel.
So He delivered them into the hands of plunderers who despoiled them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies.

 Psalm 78:61 (NKJV) And delivered His strength into captivity, and His
glory into the enemy’s hand.

-Many times it says the Lord “destroyed this” or He “smote that”, what he is
actually doing is passing judgment that allows the enemy access. Passing
judgment that allows the destroyer access does not please God. When
individuals are judged they are turned over to Satan.

 1 Corinthians 5:5 (NKJV) Deliver such a one to Satan for the
destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the
Lord Jesus.

 1 Timothy 1:20 (NKJV) Of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander,
whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

 Lamentations 3:22-23(NKJV) 22 Through the LORD’s mercies we are
not consumed, because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new
every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

 Lamentations 3:31-33 (NKJV) 31 For the Lord will not cast off forever.
32 Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion according to
the multitude of His mercies. 33 For He does not afflict willingly,
nor grieve the children of men.

 Judgment that allows the destroyer access does not please God

 Hosea 11:8 (NKJV) “How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I set you like Zeboiim? My heart churns within Me; My sympathy is stirred.

-In Hosea 11:8 God is referring to towns that were judged and destroyed. It
grieves God. He does it because He is the righteous judge of all the earth.
This is not to “teach you a lesson” if anything, judgment comes because you

did not listen to God’s warnings ahead of time. You remained stubborn and
rebellious and now judgment has taken place.

-When things don’t turn out the way we want them to, the enemy comes
quickly and says “God let you down; He did not do this or that”. He gets a
seed in your thinking that God is not fare or just or right. We need to
remember the devil is a liar; God has never let anyone down. People may
have let you down or you may have let yourself down, God has not. If we
stay on God’s side and trust Him, we will find there were things happening
we just did not understand at the time. Always stay on God’s side and
everything will eventually come to light.

-There was a point in time when for years God sent messenger after
messenger to try to get the Israelites to change their course. If you read 2
Kings 17 it tells of some of the things that were happening. They went as far
as burning their children in the fire. God is merciful but he must judge sin
and wickedness, there must be justice. He will judge even His own. The
Bible says several times throughout their history that the Israelites kept
killing God’s messengers and would not listen and turn. God had to judge

 1 Corinthians 11:29-32 (NKJV) 29 For he who eats and drinks in an
unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning
the Lord’s body. 30 For this reason many are weak and sick among
you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would
not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the
Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.

-God does not pass judgment willingly. We keep from being judged by
judging ourselves. When you get judged you get turned over into the hand
of the enemy.

 Matthew 5:25-26 (NKJV) 25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while
you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the
judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into
prison. 25 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of
there till you have paid the last penny

-He is not saying agree with the devil here. If you back up and read the
preceding couple of verses you will see he is referring to someone you have
wronged and you need to get things right with. Also if you are at odds with
God agree with Him quickly. Judge yourself. Adversary is the one you are at
odds with. God is not looking to dish out judgment. Acknowledge the guilt
and receive mercy. Fix the problem, don’t be stubborn or prideful or
rebellious and continue in the sin. If you continue in what is wrong judgment
will hit.

 1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV) 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the
devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

-Here he is referring to Satan. Satan cannot just devour who he wants. He
has to get permission. Satan is the Destroyer. Adversary is a legal term.
Satan brings a case against you, he accuses you before God and gains
access your life.
Many read the book of Job as though God was dangling Job out in front of
the devil like a carrot.

 Job 1:7 (NKJV) 7 And the LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”

 Job 1:8 (NKJV) 8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered
My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless
and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”

-Read the Young’s Literal, it will give a better picture as to what was

o Job 1:8 Young’s Literal Translation (YLT) 8 And Jehovah saith
unto the Adversary, `Hast thou set thy heart against My servant
Job because there is none like him in the land, a man perfect
and upright, fearing God, and turning aside from evil?’

-Perfect here means “whole hearted”. God was already calling out the reason
the Adversary was there. God as always was a step ahead of him, he was
not dangling job, he was saying “I’ve noticed you are out to get him and that
you have set your eye on him”. This gives a clear picture of what “the
Adversary” does. He goes around the earth seeking who he may devour. He
accuses us before God. John 14:30, Rev. 12:10, 1 Pet. 5:8.

-The word Satan means Adversary. Satan comes before God with a case
against you.

 Job 9:32-35 (NKJV) 32 “For He is not a man, as I am,
That I may answer Him, and that we should go to court together. 33
nor is there any mediator between us, who may lay his hand on us
both. 34 Let Him take His rod away from me, and do not let dread of
Him terrify me. 35 Then I would speak and not fear Him, But it is not
so with me.

 Job 16:21 (NKJV) 21 Oh, that one might plead for a man with
God, As a man pleads for his neighbor!

-Job was aware he had gotten judged. Satan had brought a case against him
and Job knew it. He knew he needed a mediator, someone that could plead
his case before God.

 1 John 2:1-2(NKJV) 2 My little children, these things I write to you, so
that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with
the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

-Jesus is our go between and he is our intercessor. Intercession is a legal
term. God is a righteous judge, the righteous judge of all the earth and he
passes judgments that don’t please Him and some that do please Him. But
he does what is right and he will not pervert justice for any one.

-If you have a judge that is just and loves his son.
Revelation 12:9-11 (NKJV) 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent
of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was
cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 Then I heard a

loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom
of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our
brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast
down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word
of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

-Satan is before God all day accusing us, building cases against us. We
cannot say what Job said “I need an attorney”. We have the best of the best.
He has many that will not work with him. He is constantly interceding on our
behalf. God has counseled us to only say his word. Only say what God told
us to say. Satan is constantly showing videos and is pressuring us, he trying
to get us to cave. We must do what our Advocate tells us. Keep cool, only
says what he tells us.

-We are washed by the blood. We are innocent. If the Adversary can’t get a
judgment against you he has no legal right to bring things in your life that
can destroy you. For a believer sickness is illegal, poverty is illegal all the
things under the curse are illegal. We have been made innocent by the blood
of Christ.

-This is why we resist sickness, because it does not have a right to be in our

 1 John 3:7-9 (NKJV) 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who
practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who
sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For
this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might
destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God
does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because
he has been born of God.

We Are Healed By His Stripes. (Part 2)

  • Isaiah 53:4-5 (NKJV) 4 Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 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.

-Jesus carried our sicknesses and pains so we would not have to. Satan
wants to load us up with all kinds of sicknesses and pains and sorrows. He
will load you up so it will destroy you. Jesus already bore that, we do not
have to carry any of it. If the devil says “here, you carry this”, say “no, I’m
not going to carry it”. You may see symptoms but that does not mean you
receive it. You resist it.

-Look back at verses 4 and 5. Notice it says stricken, smitten, afflicted,
wounded, bruised.

  •  Isaiah 53:4 (NKJV) Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
  • Isaiah 53:5New King James Version (NKJV) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; themchastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

-we don’t have to know how healing works to in order to get healed, Just
like we don’t have to know how an engine works to drive a car. However,
the more you understand the operation of healing and how it works the
deeper rooted you will be in it and it will work faster for you.

-Sickness is always referred to in the word of God as a curse, never a
blessing. A curse is something bad, a blessing is something good. You could
say the curse is punishment for breaking Gods laws, or the curse was the
consequence of disobedience. Thus if poverty and sickness are part of the
curse, poverty and sickness are punishments for breaking God’s law.

  • Genesis 3:17-19 (NKJV) 17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”

-The curse came because man sinned. God is a righteous and just God and
issued punishment for the sin. When Adam and Eve broke the law, God still
loved them but they were punished which was the cure. God had to punish
even though he loved them, because if there was no punishment for
breaking the law God could be accused of being unfair. Satan could say God
was unfair. God is fair and just and all things are upheld by the word of His
power. What God says, becomes. What God declares is, and we can trust
Him. Justice requires there to be punishment. When Adam broke the law he
was not deceived. Adam eating the fruit was an act of rebellion.

-Plagues and sickness was used like a striking or a smack:

  • Deuteronomy 28:27-28(NKJV) 27   The LORD will strike you with the boils of Egypt, with tumors, with the scab, and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed. 28 The LORD will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of heart.
  • The Lord Strikes Nabal (Nabal means fool) 1 Sam. 25:38; Uzzah 2 Sam. 6:6-7; Jeroboam 1 Kings 14:10-11; Herod Acts 12:21-24;


  •  Micah 6:13(NKJV) 13   “Therefore I will also make you sick by striking you, by making you desolate because of your sins.”
  •  Hosea 6:1 (NKJV) 6 Come, and let us return to the LORD; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.

-Isaiah saw in the spirit and he said “it please the Lord to bruise him”. As
some were watching the soldiers whip Jesus and beat Him, Isaiah saw in the
spirit that God was smiting Him. He saw punishment being poured out upon
Him. The source of all sickness and disease was poured out on Jesus’s spirit.

  •  Isaiah 53:7 (KJV) 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet He opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

– Jesus opened not his mouth. Jesus was righteous and yet he took the
beating. We were the guilty and he was righteous. The devil only has a legal
right to oppress the guilty, the unrighteous, the sinner. He has no legal right
to beat the innocent. Satan had no legal right to scourge Jesus that’s why
Jesus did not open his mouth. Satan fell right into God’s trap. Jesus did not
open His mouth like He did in John 18:5 when He forced the soldiers to the
ground. Jesus kept His mouth closed so that we could open our mouths.


  •  Acts 22:22-29 (NKJV) 22   And they listened to him until this word, and then they raised their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth, for he is not fit to live!” 23   Then, as they cried out and tore off their clothes and threw dust into the air, 24 the commander ordered him to be brought into the barracks, and said that he should be examined under scourging, so that he might know why they shouted so against him.  25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who stood by, “Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman, and uncondemned?” 26 When the centurion heard that, he went and told the commander, saying, “Take care what you do, for this man is a Roman.” 27 Then the commander came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman?”He said, “Yes.” 28   The commander answered, “With a large sum I obtained this citizenship.” And Paul said, “But I was born a citizen.” 29 Then immediately those who were about to examine him withdrew from him; and the commander was also afraid after he found out that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.

-We are not to just sit back and take it. When sickness comes upon your
body remember Jesus kept his mouth closed so that we could open our
mouths and resist. When the enemy try’s to tie you to the whipping post you
need to open your mouth and say “hay is this lawful?” No it’s not lawful.
Satan is always trying to convince people that they deserve sickness and
disease. Satan may have the ability, but he does not have the legal right to
put that on you. You have to challenge him and Heaven will back you up.
Know what you believe and challenge him.

We Are Healed By His Stripes

Part I:

  • Isaiah 53:1 (NKJV) Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

-This is a very powerful statement. The arm of the Lord is the manifest
power of God. This is one of the great mysteries hidden from the eyes of the
world. Many don’t believe because they don’t see. God says believe and you
will see. In other words the arm of the Lord is revealed to those that believe
the report. Faith is the key to seeing the manifest power of God. Romans
1:17, Galatians 3:11 and Hebrews 10:38 all declare “the just shall live by
faith”. Before in the old life we needed to see before we believed, now we
believe and then we see.

  • Mark 4:24 (NKJV) Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.

– How is it that you can have two people sitting in the same room hearing
the same message and one is listening intently and the other board out of
their mind? How we hear is extremely important. This is not talking in terms
of volume; this is referring to how we receive the message. Do we value it
and esteem it or do we think it’s a waste of time? If we esteem the message
it will be measured

  •  1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NKJV)For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.


  •  John 12:37-41 (NKJV) 37 But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, 38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?” 39 Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again: 40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, lest they should see with their eyes, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.” 41 These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.

-Preaching the gospel must be a directive from the Holy Spirit.

  •  Romans 10:13-17New King James Version (NKJV) 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “LORD, who has believed our report?”17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

-Paul was not sent by his parents or a school or a committee but under the
directive of the Holy Spirit. Everything we do pertaining to the gospel must
be conducted in this manner including the preaching or we can get off and
start preaching everything except what the Holy Spirit needs us to preach. It
is not the preaching of politics, news, personal opinion etc. that set’s men
free but the preaching of the gospel.

  • Isaiah 53:2New King James Version (NKJV) 2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.

-If you were to have met Jesus just walking down the street you would have
thought nothing of him other than he was just an ordinary man. There was
no glow about him or a halo. He appeared natural and ordinary to everyone.

  •  Isaiah 53:3-4 (NKJV) He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, and we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

-Death by crucifixion was for the worst criminals. When Jesus died on the
cross it was not a noble scene. Only the scum of society died on the cross, it
was a shame for your family if you died that way. The Pharisees mocked

him. Mostly everyone around the cross thought God had judged Him. The
cross was not a place of honor.

  • Isaiah 53:5(NKJV) 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.

-Jesus is the Great Substitution. What they saw happening on the cross to
Jesus was the punishment that was reserved for us.

  • Isaiah 53:6(NKJV) 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
  • Isaiah 53:7-9 (NKJV) 7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people He was stricken. 9 And they made His grave with the wicked—But with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth.
  • Isaiah 53:10-12 (NKJV) 12 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. 11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
  • Isaiah 52:13-14 (NKJV) 13 Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high. 14 Just as many were astonished at you, so His visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men;

-Isaiah is seeing in the spirit. While many gathered around the cross and
watched they saw the physical sickness and wounds but in the spirit it was
much worse. God was pouring out the punishment for our sins. The spiritual
consequences of sin manifested as physical sickness and pain.

  • Isaiah 53:4 (NKJV) 4 Surely He has borne our grief’s and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
  • The same word for grief’s here in Isaiah 53:4 is also translated 20 different times in the KVJ as sickness. The same word for sorrows in Isaiah 53:4 is also translated as pain in other parts of the bible.

-We are seeing Jesus here take on the sins of the world, and as the
punishment for sin comes it is manifesting as sickness, sorrow, pain and
separation from God.

o Isaiah 53:4 Young’s Literal Translation (YLT) 4 Surely our
sicknesses he hath borne, And our pains — he hath carried them,
And we — we have esteemed him plagued, Smitten of God, and

o Isaiah 53:4 New English Translation (NET) 4 But he lifted up
our illnesses,he carried our pain; even though we thought he
was being punished, attacked by God, and afflicted for
something he had done.

-Start confessing and meditating on Isaiah 53:4, your faith will grow and the
arm of the Lord will be revealed to you. Refuse to be a carrier of what Jesus
has already carried for us.