Jesus once made this statement in rebuking the teachers of the law and the Pharisees:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.”
Matthew 23:23 NKJV
In making this statement Jesus was not condemning the Pharisees for collecting tithes of the spices and herbs. In fact He was affirming the collection of the tithes, while encouraging them to pay closer attention to the most vital issues around this biblical ordinance.
Jesus was well aware of the usages of these spices and herbs in the Temple. He knew that they were being used for the healing of the sick (see 2 Kings 20:7; Jeremiah 8:22; 46:11; 51:8). Some other spices and herbs were also being used for the worship of God, in accordance with the Law of Moses. Jesus never came to abolish the law. He came to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17-20).
The Lord God had created the trees and leaves from which the spices and the herbs comes from (Genesis 1:11-13). They were created for the benefit of every human being on the earth, as food to nourish the body and help us in living a healthy life.
The usage of the modern day prescription medicine needs to be understood in this light as well. Their origin is of God. The use of modern day prescription medicine is in fact another means by which, the Lord brings healing to the physical body, apart from the application of our faith in His word.
The wisdom of the medical experts and the pharmacists are from God. He uses their hands to manifest His healing power through the things that He had created. That’s why it’s important to be seeking medical attention from the practitioners, who are born again and Holy Spirit filled Christians, if you ever need them. The Spirit of God works through them in His wisdom with regards to the healing and health of His children.
People all over the world have been abusing the use of prescription medications, that are meant for the healing of the body to their own detriment. Many are dying daily because of the overdose usage or abuse of prescription drugs.
Whereas the God who gave the wisdom for their usage to men expects us to be using our faith to stay healthy, after the body has completely recovered from sicknesses and diseases. Unfortunately some people are relying on prescription medications to sustain their health, after being completely healed in the body.
The devil is using the fear of a recurrence in sickness to cripple their faith. So that instead of having faith in the promises of God to work for them, they are having faith in the prescription medications to prevent them from getting sick again.
God created the human body to be able to naturally heal by itself, without being dependent on prescription medications. A diseased body is having difficulty to naturally heal by itself. That’s why prescription medications are important to help the body in getting to the state, where it can begin to naturally heal by itself, without being dependent upon them after awhile.
Jesus is the life Giver and not the prescription medications. Jesus is the Savior and Healer of the body. And your faith in Him is the key to being able to plug into His healing virtues.
Jesus in the above statement was drawing a line in between what was going on inside the Temple, and what He was doing in His ministry outside the Synagogue to heal the sick and set the captives free. The above statement is not different today from what we are doing, when we are drawing a line between the roles of the medical scientists and that of the Priests in the healing ministry.
There is a line of connection between the two. It will take only those who do have spiritual discernment, as either a Priest or a medical practitioner to be able to walk through the line, so as to save lives and bring healing to our world.
Jesus never disavowed the practice of medical science with the above statement. The Priests during His time did played a huge role, in declaring the people as being either healed or sick and diseased. It was a role that is not different from what medical doctors are doing today. And Jesus did acknowledged their expertise in this role of within the Jewish communities (see Luke 17:14; Mark 1:44; Matthew 8:4 and much more).
In other words a born again, Holy Spirit filled medical doctor also stands as a priest of Christ, to minister His healing anointing to his or her patients.
And by not disavowing the practice of the priests to collect the tithes of the herbs and spices, Jesus was acknowledging the spiritual office that they were standing in.
But in the statement above He was pointing out a more important aspect in the process of healing, which some in the medical profession have been neglecting in our world today.
Jesus was pointing out to them that even though the usage of these spices and herbs, were approved by the God who had created them; their application however needs to be guided with justice, mercy and faith in God to heal the sick and set the captives free.
In other words Jesus in this statement was approving of the works of the pharmacists and pharmacologists to help the sick recover. And just as He was appealing to the Pharisees about justice, mercy and faith; He is appealing to the professionals in our world today about the same things.
Greed and the love for money is behind what some of them are seeking after in our world today, just as greed and the love for money was behind what the Pharisees were doing.
The practice of modern day medicine has a lot to learn from this statement by Jesus to the Pharisees. Are you allowing greed and the love for money, to be the motivation behind the practice of your profession? Or are you being driven by the desire for justice, mercy and faith in God to prevail always to heal the sick?
What Jesus was implying here is that justice, mercy and faith needs to be the primary principle; that guides the practice of medical science even in our world today.
The sick needs justice from the doctors against the works of the devil, so as to get healed and to stay healthy. The body of the sick is pleading for mercy with the use of the prescription medications, so that they are not being unnecessarily overused or abused. The sick person is seeking and pleading to see the faith of the medical professionals in God, so as to minister healing in getting them healed and delivered. Doctors and other medical professionals needs to be seeing God working through their hands, to bring healing to the sick.
A good and effective Christian medical practitioner will always pray for the patients daily. He or she acknowledges that God is the Creator of the human body. And that only God alone knows the perfect diagnosis for every patient that he or she sees daily. So he or she seeks the wisdom that comes from above in the discernment of the spiritual needs of the patient, before even considering the physical diagnosis.
This is because oftentimes sicknesses do have spiritual underlying conditions, which must be addressed spiritually first. Oftentimes the physical diagnosis disappears as the spiritual underlying conditions are spiritually addressed. He or she by seeking the presence of God daily, is able to identify when a spiritual approach is more effective, than a scientific approach in healing the sick.
That’s why a good Spirit filled medical doctor needs to be praying in the spirit, before consultations with the patients or before going into the operating rooms for surgical procedures. He or she knows that Jesus is the Greatest Physician of all.
These three things (justice, mercy and faith) are so relevant for our world today, as the whole world is struggling to come out of a pandemic. Every medical practitioner needs to be taking these three things to heart daily – justice, mercy and faith in God; so that their practice of medical science does not make them to be, as Jesus referred to the Pharisees in the above statement:
“Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!”
Matthew 23:24 NKJV
There was corruption going on in the Temple at the time when Jesus made the above statement to the Pharisees. The Pharisees thought that they could always catch Jesus in their ploy, to get Him in violating the law of Moses. But Jesus caught them in their plot before they could catch Him. He saw the evil and the injustice being carried out by those who were in the position of authority.
Jesus knew the huge responsibility that fell on these scribes and Pharisees. He wanted to help them in their responsibility before God and the people. That’s why He was quick to point out to them, that they were being negligent of the most important things.
This applies to today’s Priests also
The application of justice, mercy and faith to heal the sick is not only important for those in the medical profession. They are more important for those who serves in the Priesthood today. Justice, mercy and faith should be the driving force in the ministration of healing to the sick.
The healing of the body is basically the restoration of the physical body from a diseased condition. A diseased condition in the body points to the deterioration of the body tissues and its system. It’s a condition in the body that calls for these three (justice, mercy and faith), so as to be effective in ministering healing to the sick.
The body of the sick person is crying for justice against the devil, who has afflicted him or her with the disease. Justice is the cry of the Holy Spirit within our hearts whenever we see the sick. And justice can flow effectively through us where compassion and love reigns. We execute justice against the works of the devil in the name of Jesus. If a Priest is not standing firmly in his or her office as the Priest, the use of spiritual authority against the works of the devil in the administration of justice can’t be effective.
There Is no where in the scriptures where you will ever see Jesus ministering words of healing to people out of pity for them. He was always being moved in compassion to heal the sick. This is how justice manifests the love of God towards the sick.
Justice with compassion was at the core center of the Ministry of Jesus from the very beginning. His core values in the Ministry were plain and simple enough for everyone in the Synagogue to understand, as He read it from the book of the Prophet Isaiah concerning Himself:
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”
Luke 4:18-19 NKJV
This is the justice that Jesus expects us as Priests in the world today, to give to the world that does not know Him in the midst of the pandemic. Justice is in the declaration of the gospel of Jesus Christ to save the lost, to heal the sick and to deliver the captives. The same word of God that saves the lost, has the power in it to heal the sick as it’s being proclaimed.
The manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit comes through the declaration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If the gospel of Jesus Christ about healing is not being preached the sick will not be healed. Neither will the captives ever be delivered, if the gospel is not being preached in the same way to set them free. In the same manner they can never be delivered from poverty, if prosperity is not being preached to cause them to prosper.
The manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are important for miracles, signs and wonders. But the gifts can never be activated where faith in them is not being applied. The manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit has nothing to do with how much you are fasting and praying. In fact they have nothing to do with fasting and praying. They however have everything to do with your faith in them.
In other words if you’re not teaching and preaching about spiritual gifts, they won’t flow or work in the congregation. The Holy Spirit will only move with His gifts, wherever the gifts are being declared. People can only give prophesies to the extent by which room is being made available, for the gift of prophecy to manifest in the declaration of the gospel from the pulpit.
In other words justice is rendered in the household of faith from the pulpit, and not from the pews. It’s from the pulpit that the gifts flows to the individual members of the body of Christ, so that they can be empowered to flow and prosper with them. And there is no congregation that can ever give, what she does not have to bless her community.
A community that is full of sick people may have only one Church. And this one Church may only be preaching holiness. Eventually this one Church will manifest what is being preached from the pulpit – holiness; because that’s what they have faith for. The same congregation may however still be full of the sick and people who are dying daily within it.
How can a congregation be living in holiness, yet her members are sick and dying all the time? This is because justice is being denied the people of God from the pulpit. Healing will only flow whenever the word of healing is being preached, even though they are all living holy lives.
It’s important to give justice to the sick at all times with the declaration of the gospel about healing. Whatever the message that is being preached, the room should always be there for the lost to be saved at the end of it. There also needs to be the room to pray for the sick to be healed. Whatever we are making room available for in the declaration of the gospel, is what will manifest upon the people of God.
There was never a community that Jesus preached and taught within, without serving justice on the devil by ministering healing with compassion. The Scriptures once says:
“And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.”
Matthew 14:14 NKJV
Jesus was moved with compassion to heal the sick after teaching and preaching the word. That’s the pattern of Jesus Christ and it ought to be the golden standard for us also, if we are truly following in His examples.
Oftentimes I had personal seen the Preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ, who are allowing the customs and traditions of their communities, to guide them in ministering with compassion to the sick. They will not do justice for the sick because, they are being careful with the customs and traditions of the self righteous people around them.
That’s the same hypocrisy which the Pharisees exhibited in the time of Jesus. They were denying the people of God justice until Jesus came into their midst. Jesus never did that. In fact He rebuked them for it at every given opportunity (see Matthew 15:3-9).
The Bible says on one occasion as He went into the Synagogue, the Pharisees were trying to see if He would heal on the Sabbath day:
“So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.” Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent. And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.”
Mark 3:2-5 NKJV
The Pharisees were putting the Sabbath day customs and traditions to hold the people bond to the devil. But Jesus gave justice to the sick, irrespective of what the custom or tradition was all about. Jesus healed the sick in the Synagogue on the Sabbath day. Don’t allow religious traditions to dictate the direction of your healing ministry. Heal the sick whenever they can be found.
Healing was available for the people wherever Jesus went. The healing of the sick is the revelation of the mercy of God, while the working of miracles, signs and wonders reveals His power. The mercy of God is needed to minister to those who are sick.
As Jesus once said:
“Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.”
Matthew 5:7 NKJV
A minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ who is merciful in laying hands on the sick by faith, will see the sick being healed by the mercy of God. You can’t give what you don’t have. You can’t give mercy, if you’re not merciful.
And mercy should never be confused with pity on the people. If you are allowing pity, instead of mercy to guide your healing ministry, you will never see the sick healed. This is because the healing anointing does not flow with pity, but by showing the mercy of God.
Pitying will cause you to feel sorry for the people, because of the work of the devil in afflicting them. The devil wants you to be pitiful for the sick, instead of being merciful. Don’t fall for the trick of the devil.
You can’t be bold when you are being pitiful. That’s what the devil is doing to hinder your faith. Choose to show the mercy of God in the joy of the Holy Spirit. God has called you into the ministry of mercy. Show it with compassion, love and joy in doing justice with Christ’s righteousness.
The Prophet Micah said:
“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?”
Micah 6:8 NKJV
Justice and mercy goes together with a heart of humility in healing the sick. But it’s with the preaching of the word of God, that we can cause the devil to tremble in fear and flee away in terror.
Satan can’t stand wherever the gospel is being declared to manifest healing. All the demons will tremble and begin to flee away in terror, wherever the gospel is being declared. But we need justice and mercy to walk humbly before the Lord, so as to heal the sick.
Humility will prevent you from being pompous with the miracles, signs and wonders. It will cause you to magnify Jesus for every testimony that is following you everywhere.
Walking in humility is what we are supposed to be doing on our own as Christians. You don’t ever want God to humble you by Himself. It’s meant to be done willingly, and as our act of obedience to God’s word.
If you will have to wait for the Lord to humble you, you will end up not being able to enjoy the pleasure that comes through it. God will humble those who don’t want to do it willingly, because He will never allow a man to take His glory away from Him.
Walking in humility will shield you from being in that type of situation with your faith. Walk humbly before the Lord, as you are laying hands on the sick to recover.
And being humbled does not means that we are sad. In fact it’s impossible to minister healing without a cheerful heart in declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ. The manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit comes in this way with cheerfulness of heart.
That’s why the Apostle Paul said:
“he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”
Romans 12:8 NKJV
He who shows mercy (not pity) to the sick, should do it cheerfully. The healing of the sick manifests the mercy of God in cheerfulness of heart.
The third element that Jesus mentioned in Matthew 23:23 is our faith in God, or our faithfulness to the Lord in the declaration of the gospel itself. Jesus said:
“But if you keep on being faithful right to the end, you will be saved.”
Matthew 24:13 CEV
Being faithful to the end with the declaration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, will guarantee deliverance to the captives. That’s why it’s important to always finish whatever we’ve started well and faithfully.
The same word to be “saved” also includes healing and deliverance. Your faithfulness in teaching and preaching does not only save those who are lost. The same act of faithfulness should follow the healing ministry to the sick.
Righteousness was imputed to Abraham because of his faith. He did justice by walking in the right way before the Lord. His faithfulness was passed on to his seed (Isaac) after him.
Abraham lived a lifestyle of faith that his son was able to emulate. He lived the life that he talked about everywhere for people to see. He was authentic. And the people could relate with him.
The Lord said about him:
“For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.”
Genesis 18:19 NKJV
In whatsoever you are doing in the ministry or your profession in life, let justice, mercy and faith be your guide into prosperity; with the gifts that God has placed in your life. You can’t afford to fail God in your calling. Being a medical doctor is a calling of God.
A medical doctor is able to be used of God, as he or she listens for His wisdom in bringing healing to the sick. It’s not different from the calling of those in the five fold ministries, even though it is not as high as theirs. But it’s the same God who has given the gifts of healing to all men as He pleases.
Be wise in using your gifts by always staying connected to the Giver Himself. Be fruitful with it. Increase and multiply with it. The world needs you and your gifts. Glorify Jesus with it by showing justice, mercy and faith in Jesus name.