Matthew 4:23 – a description of Yeshua’s ministry:
“And Yeshua was going about in the Galilee…proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.”
These are Yeshua’s instructions to his disciples found in Mathew 10:7-8:
“As you go, preach, saying, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.”
Recently our son Ariel invited us to join him in training with a team who were going about the Galilee healing the sick and casting out demons. I know this sounds incredible, but remember what Yeshua said would happen in John 12: 12-14:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these will he do; because I go to the Father.”
So we took Yeshua at His Word and hit the streets two by two. When we met people we asked them if we could ask a question. We prefaced it by saying the question was a bit unusual. If they agreed we asked if they had pain in their body. Depending on their response we would pray for them.
I was paired with a Jewish believer from Romania who barely spoke Hebrew and no English at all. My Hebrew is ok but sometimes I’m searching for words. He was supposed to train me but due to the language barrier, he couldn’t relay what we were to do. But that didn’t stop him and with his broken Hebrew, he approached strangers and simply asked, “Do you have any pain in your body?” You can imagine some of the responses, “Excuse me?” “What did you say?” “Why do you want to know?” “Who are you?!” It was a challenge but he was undeterred.
Finally we met a gentle lady with an abundance of patience, necessary traits in order to bear our painful presentation. She admitted that she did have pain in her lower back. So we offered to pray for her. Then I sensed there was something wrong with her feet. When I asked her if we could pray for her feet, her eyes widened and she asked, “How did you know?!” She not only suffered from a foot disease but one of her legs was longer than the other. After we prayed for her, her shorter foot grew out right before our eyes! She jumped up and danced while shouting that her back pain was gone and that we must be angels! We assured her that we weren’t angels but that Yeshua had touched her. “I’m open. Tell me more,” she said. So we explained the Gospel as well as we could. She gratefully gave us her phone number so Ariel could follow up with her.