Covenant Promises and
In his dealings with Israel, (and with the
Church) God is always the initiator. This is not to say that the
prayers of the God’s people don’t influence him, but
that God alone determines what he will do for his people. No one
ever sent a delegation to God and said, “Here’s what
we would like you to promise us.” God reveals himself and
makes promises as he chooses, not as men wish. So if God reveals
himself in a particular way it because he desires to be known in
the chosen manner. “Basic to ancient Hebrew religion is the
concept of divine revelation. While God is conceived of as
revealing his attributes and will in a number of ways in the OT,
one of the most theologically significant modes of divine
self-disclosure is the revelation inherent in the names of
So when the Lord revealed himself to Israel
at Marah (Ex. 15:22-26) this is a significant revelation of how
God desires to be known to his people. As Keil and Delitzsch
point out, “it was intended to impress this truth upon the
Israelites, that Jehovah as their Physician would save them from
all the diseases which He has sent upon Egypt, if they would hear
His voice, do what was right in His eyes, and keep all His
To a Jew, the Pentateuch was the foundation
of everything. The Law stated the terms of Israel’s
covenant relationship with God and the Prophets confirmed it. But
the first five books were esteemed above all else. So if a truth
was established in the Law, it was, for Israel, beyond dispute.
It was also important that things be established in the mouth of
two or three witnesses (Deut. 17:6; 19:15)[xiv]. The apostle Paul refers
to this in 2 Corinthians 13:1: “by the mouth of two or
three witnesses every word shall be established.”
God had chosen to reveal himself by the name
of The Lord our Healer in Ex. 15:26. In Ex. 23:25 he says he will
take sickness away from [his people’s] midst. In Deut. 7:15
he affirms that he will take away from them all sickness.[xv] This threefold witness
would forever establish God’s will to a Hebrew believer.
Healing, health and long life were to be expected for the
It is often assumed (with some truth) that
Jesus healed to validate his ministry as the Messiah. Yet Paul
makes it clear that Jesus was, in his earthly ministry,
confirming the covenant with Israel. “Now I say that Jesus
Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of
God, to confirm the promises made to the
fathers.”(Rom. 15:8 my italics).
The Blessing of
The covenant blessings were actually
promised to Abraham and his seed. The Law (and its curse) was
added later until the Seed, (Christ), should come to whom the
promises were made. Sickness was part of the curse of the broken
Law. As Paul tells us in Galatians 3:13, “Christ has
redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for
us… that the blessing of Abraham might come upon
the Gentiles in Christ Jesus…” As pointed out above,
health and provision, protection and victory were aspects of
covenant provision among all Semitic people and their gods. The
God of Israel promised to provide all that the other gods offered
their devotees, if they would serve him alone.[xvi]
As New Covenant believers we may claim for
our inheritance in Christ, “all the promises of God,”
because they are “Yes and Amen in Christ”(2 Cor.
1:20). Paul, here, is referring to the Old Covenant promises.
This would include Ex. 15:26, 23:25, Deut. 7:15.
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