Biblical Interpretation from Someone with no Training in Biblical Interpretation
Before we start: I’ve never had cancer, nor do I have it as of the writing of this article. If my lack of experience bothers you, I understand. In fact, I put off writing the notes for this article for a few days for that very reason; however, the Holy Spirit kept reminding me until I actually wrote it down. Alright then, with the disclaimer out of the way: God can cure cancer.
Whilst was reading about the Exodus from Egypt, the Holy Spirit pointed out a fact I never really thought much on before: while the Israelites were crossing the Red Sea, they did so on dry ground. Don’t take my word for it though, check it out in Exodus 14:21-22,
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
And again in Exodus 14:29, “But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right an one their left.” And yet again in Exodus 15:19, “When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemen went into the sea, the Lord brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground.” It’s also noted in Nehemiah 9:11, “You divided the sea before them, so that they passed through it on dry ground, but you hurled their pursuers into the depths, like a stone into mighty waters.” And Psalms 66:6,
He turned the sea into dry land,
They passed through the waters on foot-
Come, let us rejoice in him.
And in Hebrews 11:29, “By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.” Now, according to the Law, a testimony needs two or three witnesses; Jesus confirmed this when he stated, “But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses’” (Matthew 18:16). I’ve just given you six records of this miracle. Therefore we can confirm that not only did the Israelites walk through the Red Sea, but they did so on ground that was dry.
This miracle was also repeated when the Israelites crossed into Canaan. History records,
Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up on a heap a great distance away at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of Arabah (the Salt Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. The priests who carried he ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation cad completed the crossing on dry ground (Joshua 3:15-17).
It is noted again as something to be reminded to future generations as well,
He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over” (Joshua 4:21-23).
The miracle of dry ground was again repeated by Elijah:
Fifty men of the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground (2 Kings 2:7-8).
So I think we can safely say that that God can completely separate waters to the extent that even the ground becomes dry.
Ok, why is this important and what does it have to do with cancer? To be blunt, I’m not entirely sure. But when I read that the Israelites passed through on dry land, the Holy Spirit said, “See, God can cure cancer.” That’s it. Now, I’m not pro on the subject, but I suspect what he was getting at is that for God to make ground that should be soaked, muddy, or at least very soft (what with being a seabed and all) instantly (since the Israelites were being pursued by the Egyptians) dry he had to work on a molecular level. Therefore, if the Lord can separate every last water molecule from every last grain of sand on that path through the sea, then he can separate every last cancerous cell from your otherwise healthy body. To that which troubles God’s people we read, “The Lord answered Moses, ‘Is the Lord’s arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you’” (Numbers 11:23). God can cure cancer, even stage four.
Is God willing to cure cancer? You’re darn tootin’ he is! One time a guy with leprosy came to Christ for healing, “A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean’” (Mark 1:40). Jesus didn’t hesitate for a moment, “Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’” (Mark 1:41) That’s it, healed. In fact, one of the reasons Christ went to the cross was so that we could be freed from the curse brought on by our sins, freeing us from illness and pain. Specifically, it is written,
Surely he took up our infirmities
And carried our sorrows,
Yet we considered him stricken by God,
Smitten by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
And by his wound we are healed (Isaiah 53:4-5).
And Peter confirmed that Isaiah was talking about Jesus as he wrote,
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
“He committed no sin,
And no deceit was found in his mouth.”
When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2:21-24).
Jesus died that you may be forgiven of all your sins and freed from the curse associated with our world. So God is not only able, but also more than willing to cure cancer (or any other illness).
“Then why am I sick?” you may ask. Or, “Why is [insert name] sick and dying?” I don’t have all the answers. But check this out: “As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’” (John 9:1-2) “Why,” that’s the question of the hour for the disciples too. To this, our Lord replied, “’Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life’” (John 9:3). Then Jesus healed the man,
Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing (John 9:6-7).
That’s it, healed. Why? So that God could be displayed in his life. So we find that God has the ability, willingness, and even a reason to heal cancer (or whatever other ailments may come). It’s what the Bible says.
Again, I lack experience in this area, but the Holy Spirit wants you to know that God can cure cancer. So if you or someone you know is sick with whatever, keep praying, tell the Lord all about it, and trust that he’s got everything under control.
“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
-Jesus (John 14:13-14)