Being apart from God was equivalent to being
The sick were not allowed inthe precincts of the sanctuary. Among the Hebrews, the priests were the accreditedmedical officers of health (Lev.14:2). Sacred cleansings of the sick were followed by acts of atonement.Yet, in this psalm the Physician is the Creator. His healing power is great andmighty. His scope of diagnosis is limitless. His understanding is infinite,immeasurable, and unlimited. There is no wound beyond His repair. There is no brokenness of body, mind, heart or country that This One cannot recalibrate,rebuild, or mend.It does not matter if one is lost. It does not matter if a family is lost. It does notmatter if an entire nation is lost in exile. God gathers the lost and those who areexiled. The Lord builds them a home; a city; a place of peace, wholeness, and well- being, or
Another distinctive feature of biblical teaching is the idea of
which wasunparalleled in other religious or ethical systems. Just as illness reflected sin, thesource of sin had (or has)only one source: pride. Pride places a person¶s trust inone¶s self. Or pride places one¶s trust in a prince, a king, a dynasty, or an army.
is to trust in God alone (Ps. 118:8).
is the proper attitude beforethe LORD (Ps. 146:3).
is the quality of unpretentious behavior; to livelike those of low status.In the LXX, to be ³humbled´ was to be brought low or down by compellingcircumstances, or sickness. To be
was to be
One could be³humbled´ by poverty or want. In this meaning, to be
was to be
.Other religions and cultures did not value any spiritual merit in the status of the poor. The Stoics believed that men should not entertain ³humble´ thoughts abouttheir nature. Humility was the stuff of servitude. In the aristocratic culture of Ancient Greece, the worth of a man was determined by his parentage. Nobility andvirtue were inherited. The Greeks detested the Eastern practice of prostration before rulers. Psalm 147 brings into focus the biblical view of humility:
The Great and Mighty LORD;The God with a personal name;The King of the Universeconcerns Himself;makes it His business to -care for, support, and sustainthe poor, the marginal, the lowly,