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Physicians/Doctors in the Bible & Essential Oils Continued 

Hello everyone! Hope your week is going well. We received some much needed rain Monday and the gardens are loving it. 
This past Saturday we traveled to Waco, TX to visit Homestead Heritage. We had so much fun touring on the hayride, eating in the Homestead Cafe (all organic food grown/made there), shopping in the Barn gift shop, shopping at the market, listening to the beautiful music of the choir, and visiting with new friends. I highly recommend Homestead Heritage for anyone to visit. It is one of the neatest places I’ve ever been. I love going!
Let’s continue our discussion of essential oils. The Bible doesn’t have much to say about physicians. They were present, but the major responsibilities for diagnosing and prescribing therapeutic regiments among the Jews were delegated to the priesthood. Childbirth and caring for women were handled by midwives (Exodus 1:15-21). The word “doctor” only occurs 3 times in the Bible. All 3 of these occasions are in the books of Luke and Acts, which were both written by Luke, who was himself a physician. All 3 cases he references are to Rabbis, Teachers or Doctors of the Law. The word “doctor” in the Bible is never used to indicate a healer or a practitioner of the medical arts. It actually means “teacher.”
The word “physician,” used in the sense of a healer or administrator of oils and medicines, is found eleven times in the Bible, but not always in a sense that was very flattering or commendable. The first Biblical reference to a physician is in Genesis 50:2, where Joseph ordered the Egyptian physicians to embalm his father, which they did using essential oils of cedar wood, frankincense, myrrh, and others. In this case the assignment of physicians was not to heal, but to administer oils, herbs, minerals, and spices to preserve a corpse. 
The second Biblical reference to “physicians” is found in II Chronicles 16:11-14. It seems that King Asa had contracted a disease in his feet that continued to get worse. According to Scripture, he did not seek help of the Lord in his infirmity. Instead, he sought the aid of physicians. As a result, he died. There is an important lesson in this story applicable to us today. When people get sick most request to be on prayer lists, in essence seeking God’s aid with their lips, but in their heart their faith is in doctors, hospitals, and drugs. Just like Asa, they often die having misplaced their faith in secular sources when the true source of healing is God.
When Job was smitten with aches and pains and boils all over his body, his suffering was so intense that he wished for death to relieve him, his faith in God remained unabated. When his worldly friends came to offer uninvited advice on the cause and cure of his ills, he listened patiently for a while and then launched into a long reproof. Acknowledging the omnipotence of God, Job 12, he then vehemently accused his friends of being forgers of lies and physicians  of no value (Job 13:4). Then he stated his famous and ultimate affirmation of his faith in God, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him…” (Job 13:15-16). While Job’s friends proposed secular solutions to his trials he remained steadfast in his conviction that God would be his Redeemer and would be sufficient to save him. Refusing all worldly advice, he prayed, waited upon the Lord, saw Him with his own eyes (Job 42:12), was healed completely, and lived to the ripe old age of one hundred forty (Job 42:16).
A rather uncomplimentary story of the physicians of Jesus’ times is found in Mark 5:25-34 and Luke 8:43-48. This is an example that matches the experiences of many today. It is interesting that Luke, a physician himself, tells this unflattering story of the woman with the issue of blood, saying she had spent all she had on physicians, yet no one could cure her. Luke was evidently a different kind of physician than wis colleagues in that day. He was a follower of Jesus and a man of prayer. In his epistle to the Colossians, Paul refers to his physician friend as “Luke, the beloved physician” (Colossians 4:14). It is physicians like Luke that Christians should seek out today. We need healers who pray and acknowledge God as the Source of healing.
We will stop here for now. I hope you are enjoying this study and learning from it as well. We will pick it back up next week.
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