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Look for the Unusual in Yeshua’s Healings

There are twenty-six healing miracles recorded in the four gospels. The complete list will be included in the upcoming Yeshua in Context Sourcebook. One thing to look for to make sense of the life Yeshua lived in all its mystery and potential for meaning, is the unusual, the gaps in the story or the parts that don’t exactly fit. The following is not meant to be a complete list, but gathers examples of trends in these gaps in Yeshua healing stories. You may discover some of the layers of meaning of the healings in these:

YESHUA COMMENTS ON FAITH DURING THE ENCOUNTER
John 4:46-54. The royal official in Cana. Inexplicably, when asked to heal, Yeshua rebukes the official (and people in general) for requiring signs in order to believe.

Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10. The centurion in Capernaum. Yeshua comments that he has not seen such faith in Israel (the centurion is a Roman, not a Jew).

Mark 2:1-12; Matthew 9:1-8; Luke 5:17-26. Yeshua doesn’t say it, but Mark (and Matthew and Luke follow him in this) says that the faith of those who brought the paralytic was the reason he forgave the man’s sins and then healed him.

Mark 5:25-34; Matthew 9:20-22; Luke 8:43-48. The woman with the bleeding. The word for save is the same as heal, leading to further connection between faith and healing in this story (“your faith has saved/healed you”).

Mark 6:5-6. Yeshua does not heal in his hometown. While Yeshua does not say anything about faith, Mark records that he could not heal here due to lack of faith and that Yeshua was amazed by their unbelief.

Mark 9:23-24 (also in Matthew 17:14-20; Luke 9:37-43, but without the dialogue between Yeshua and the father). The boy with a demon who causes seizures. Yeshua says all things are possible to the one who believes. The man says, “help my unbelief.”

Mark 10:46-52 (also in Matthew 20:29-34, but without the comment about faith). Blind Bartimaeus, near Jericho.

YESHUA COMMANDS SECRECY
Mark 1:25; Luke 4:35. The demon in the synagogue.

Mark 1:40-45; Matthew 8:2-4; Luke 5:12-16. The leper in Galilee.

Matthew 9:30. The mute demoniac.

Mark 7:36. The deaf man in the Decapolis.

YESHUA GOES OUT OF HIS WAY TO HEAL ON THE SABBATH
Mark 3:1-6; Matthew 12:9-14; Luke 6:6-11. The man with the withered hand.

Luke 13:10-17. The disabled woman in the synagogue.

Luke 14:1-6. The man with swelling (dropsy).

John 5:2-24. The lame man at the Bethesda pool.

YESHUA USES SALIVA IN HIS HEALING
Mark 7:31-37. The deaf man in the Decapolis. Yeshua spits on his tongue and puts his fingers in his ears.

Mark 8:22-26. The blind man at Bethsaida. Yeshua makes mud with saliva and applies it to his eyes.

John 9. The man blind from birth.

YESHUA WEEPS RIGHT BEFORE RAISING THE DEAD
John 11:1-44. Lazarus. Why weep when he knows Lazarus will be alive again momentarily?

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