Take Sickness from Among Us
There is a popular Yiddish saying which declares Zei Gezunt! It means, Be Healthy! This pronouncement summarizes the eighth blessing of the Amidah prayer – a blessing for health and healing. This Amidah blessing appeals to the Faithful and Compassionate Healer to heal the sick of His people Israel.
The Hebrew people believe that the Almighty heals, and they declare it daily. After all, their fathers witnessed a radical message of healing in the wilderness. “You are to serve Adonai your God, and He will bless your food and your water. Moreover I will take sickness away from your midst” (Exodus 23:25). The Compassionate Healer instructed the Israelites to avoid every pagan path to healing. The correct path involved worship.
Maimonides, the twelfth century Jewish physician, political adviser, philosopher, and Bible commentator, fingered Exodus 23:25. He considered the Torah to contain great advice regarding nutrition. If people followed the Bible’s prescription for eating, their food and drink would never bring sickness. In fact, if people were striving to fulfill the Almighty’s divine purposes as expressed in the Torah, He would cause their food to promote healing inside their bodies.
Worship and biblical principles can lead to health. On the other hand, just as abusing a car can lead to costly repairs, ignoring the divine operations manual of scripture can lead to disease, deception, and wasted lives. The Emissary John said it best. “Loved ones, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul” (3 John 1:2).
Published February 1, 2018