Acts 5:12-17-And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch). And of the rest durst no man join himself to them, but the people magnified them. And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women. Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits, and they were healed every one.
The apostles did many signs and wonders among the people in their day by the laying on of hands on the people. But here was a multitude of people and there was no way they could lay hands on all of them, so they were laid out on the street in beds and couches and when Peter passed by his shadow fell on them and they were healed.
Now we all know that a shadow of a man passing by and overshadowing someone will not heal them. But this was a special manifestation of the Spirit of God on Peter that caused this to work. Remember Paul? He took handkerchiefs and aprons from his body and sent them to sick folks and diseases departed from them and evil spirits left them also, Acts 19:11&12. God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul. Here is another special way God ministered healing to this multitude that were sick by Peter's shadow.
This was not the only multitude that got healed. A multitude came from cities round about unto Jerusalem bringing the sick and those with unclean spirits and they were healed everyone it says. That is an amazing way to get healed, isn't it? But if you will read the Bible and look for these things, you will be surprised how many different ways people were healed.
Jesus spit on the ground and made clay out of his spit and put it on a blind man's eyes and told him to go wash in a pool called Siloam and he would come seeing, John 9:6. Now what would you think if some minister did that to you? You would call him a sick disgusting person doing such a thing. Today we have people that have healing ministries and do some strange things as well, and people call them fakes and putting on a show, or paying the people to act that way. But folks, go to your Bible and see the strange things the apostles and prophets did concerning healing and also what Jesus did. Of course I will say, there probably are some fakes doing this, because the devil always copies the real thing. But don't let that bother you. God always proves the real from the fake.
Naaman in the Old Testament needed healing and he sent for the prophet Elisha. Elisha told Naaman's servant to tell him to go dip seven times in the river of Jordan and his leprosy would leave him and he would be clean. Now what does dipping one's self in a dirty river have to do with being healed? Nothing in the natural. But God has his ways of doing things, and whatever he tells you to do, then that's what you do if you want to be well. This made Naaman mad, but his servant talked to him and got him to do it and he was healed of his leprosy. IIKings 5:10-14. So you see there are some strange instructions sometimes to be carried out to receive healing. But they are God's ways, not ours.
None of God's ways make any sense to us. He doesn't make sense. His ways are higher than our way of thinking, and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts, Isaiah 55:8-9. So don't try to figure God out, you never will, just do what he says to do and everything will turn out right.
Why don't we see these things in the church today? I have wondered about that. People, I believe are afraid to do something different in fear of being talked about or put out of their church or being persecuted. God hasn't changed; he never changes the Bible says. So he must still be desiring to do these things today just like he did back then. But evidently no one is willing to heed to his leading in this manner. If Peter hadn't obeyed the Spirit of God, then that entire multitude would have stayed sick and no doubt many would have died.
Jesus had a healing ministry, the apostles had healing ministries and so do ministers today. Healing is a part of the great commission in Mark 16. We are to lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. It didn't specify just ministers to do this. But that believers were to do it. Are you a believer? Then you can lay your hands on the sick and expect them to recover. Hallelujah!
Written by; Ruth Napier
January 18, 2009
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