Today, we're going to delve into The Meal that Heals by Perry Stone Jr, Chapter One - The Revelation of the Atonement.
It was Jesus death on the Christ that split the temple curtain in two, who gave us a way to our Father, without an Old Testament priest who would otherwise be making atonement for us; what is this? Atonement is when our sins are covered, at least in the old Testament, a better way now to put it; is that they are deleted. In the Old Testament the word atonement is mentioned 80 times, as it was a continual process of animal sacrifices to cover our sin, but our sin has been atoned for in the death of Jesus Christ and one way we remember this is through communion.
After the fall their was death and sickness, but God's covenant with the Abraham and the Israelites was health. Divine health. So why doesn't it just happen? Why aren't we all perfect examples of health once we become Christians? The world is still fallen, and we have to live in faith and understand our benefits under the covenant Jesus has made with us to activate our Divine Health covenant. It's the declared Word of God that often activates things, so when I'm taking communion in faith believing that it is for my Divine Health, I'm also declaring that my health issues of fluctuating blood sugars due to having a third of a pancreas since I was 9 and my eyes that go cross eyed when I drive amidst other things, are going to be healed. On Day 2 I wrote a list of my health challenges, and I asked my readers to do the same.
Jesus came to bring us salvation, and the word salvation in Greek is Sozo, which means saved, healed and delivered and this is a revelation that people worldwide are really beginning to grasp and we are starting to live in that. One of the powerful tools God has given us to live in that is communion. Jesus blood, as we plead it is a powerful tool against the demonic, and His body is a tool for our healing. It's not just enough for our bodies to be healed, our minds must be healed and in line with His.
"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly: and I pray God you whole spirit soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." I Thess 5:23
Let's have a look at a well known prophetic portion of Scripture from Isaiah 53:3-5. I even memorised this whole chapter at our homeschool.
"3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
If you look at this in a few different translations, it becomes clear that he was wounded for our spiritual state (transgression and iniquities) but also for our emotional (our peace) and our health (by His stripes we are healed.) I've already mentioned this fact once, but for those who may not have gone through the whole series; Jesus was whipped 39 times and doctors say there are 39 categories of diseases. The matzah bread which is the traditional Passover bread made with leaven which is symbolic of sin, is also pierced and striped. Interesting, hey?
The final part of this chapter explores the question of whether it is possible to die before your time as 1 Corinthians 11:30 suggests.
"For this reason many among you are weak and sick and a number sleep."
We've discussed previously that the reason given is because they failed to discern the Lord's body, not the blood, the body.
There are a number of instances in the Bible where God does add days of life to peoples years, and all through the Bible it is considered a good thing to live until you are old.
Another very interesting book on this topic is Psalm 91 by Peggy Joyce Ruth. It is filled with testimonies of people in trouble who should have died but by themselves or a friend declaring portions of Psalm 91 over them, they miraculously lived. I've interviewed Peggy Joyce Ruth and you can read it here.
If you would like to discover more about Perry Stone and his ministry regarding The Meal that Heals, please listen to this youtube clip. Tomorrow we will be looking at the next chapter, Carrying What You Do Not Need to Carry.