Hearing and Healing
Bishop Sean Teal, Th.D.
“And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret” (Luke 5:1).
The main attraction in the ministry of Jesus was the Spoken Word of God. People wanted to hear Jesus teach and preach The Word. The crowds “pressed upon Him”.
The Greek word for pressed gives the picture of burning coals. They were on fire with a desire to be taught by The Word. The people were impassioned, excited and enthusiastic about the teaching and preaching ministry of Jesus.
While Jesus is teaching from the boat of Simon Peter and Company a miracle of increase happens. It happens by The Spoken Word. See Luke 5:5-9.
The next scene in the chapter is the call of the disciples. They forsake all and follow Jesus according to The Spoken Word. See Luke 5:10-11.
The next scene in the chapter is the healing of a leper. The leper is healed by The Spoken Word. See Luke 5:12-13.
The next scene reveals the direct connection between what is heard and the people being healed. The people who came to hear were healed. What you hear can heal!
“But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities” (vs. 14).
The next scene in the chapter is Jesus in private prayer. The connection between private prayers and public power is irrefutable. If you want the miracle producing power in your life spend time alone praying.