After God delivered the children of Israel from the Egyptians, He gave them clear direction. Exodus 15:26 says, “…If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes…”
Let me reiterate this. Diligence is a great character quality. Character is revealed by what we do behind closed doors. Are we as steadfast when no one is looking as when they are? Is our message and messenger the same? Diligence is steadfastness, and persistent in excellence. Diligence is the opposite of slipshod.
God’s promise to the children of Israel’s diligence included obedience. Note the words: heed, do, give ear, and keep. It was a conditional promise. If they did, then God said, “…I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”
The Hebrew word for heal is rapha. The Strong’s definition is: to cure, repair, mend, restore health. It is the Hebrew word for doctor. Did they do what the Lord told them? No. Numerous times they disobeyed.
Something happened that was later picked up by John. Number 21:5 says, “And the people spoke against God and against Moses…For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.”
Verse 6 says, “So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people…” Many died. In verse 7 they acknowledged their sin. They asked Moses to pray for them. He did and the Lord said in verse 8, “…Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it shall live.”
Fast forward to John 3:14-15. It says, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Isaiah 53:4 in the Amplified says, “Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses)…” 1 Peter 2:24 says, “Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” The Lord is our Jehovah Rapha.
Disobedience is sin that bears consequences—fruits of the flesh. However, when we follow the Holy Spirit so that He is the One in control of our lives, we bear fruit for God’s glory. Even though you know these two verses, I want to include them.
Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” Verse 25 in the Amplified says, “…(If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit).”