Spiritual IsolationBro. Ron Rupé
8/3/2008 6:00 PM
And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there. And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them: Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.
This verse talks about Jesus’ compassion toward mankind. Jesus was God come down to earth and he was able to heal these. He has the same compassion and desire to heal even today.
The afflicted suffer more than just the physical element. They often become isolated and separated from the healthy. Isolated – standing detached from others; separated; disconnected. The nature of the affliction is often the cause of the isolation, not a desire on the part of the healthy or the afflicted that it be so. Isolation caused by physical affliction is difficult, but there’s an isolation far worse than this.
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Pity the man that is separated from God. To be isolated from God is to be separated from all that is good and perfect; it is to be isolated from the source of light and life; it is to be separated from your only source of salvation.
How does a soul become isolated from God? Sins cause the separation from God. Sin systematically destroys your spiritual senses. The enemy would make you lame, then blind, then deaf, then dumb, until you’re completely separated from God.
And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it. And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.
These were spiritually isolated from God. If they could hear and see, then God could help them. Their hearts were calloused against God. They couldn’t hear or perceive and couldn’t be healed. It happened because they turned away from what God showed them. They excused themselves and justified going a different way. The devil would tempt you to ignore God’s will and go your own way until God allows it to be as you desire it to be.
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth, he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence; shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
All are partakers of God’s correction. There are two responses to correction: 1) Endure the chastening. Stay under it. Be submissive to it and learn from it. 2) "But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons." If you’re without it, you’ve had the worse response. It is refusing God’s correction. It separates you from God. To refuse his correction is to cease to be his son. You need to respond to God lest you be turned out of the way. It isn’t God’s desire that you be turned away. He wants you to be healed.
Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
God can heal you.