Whose Report Will You Believe | Part Five


-by Inyang Okutinyang.


Jesus Bore Our Sickness and Disease

Isaiah 53
3 He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

4 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.

Let’s look at the words “griefs” and “sorrows” in Isaiah 53: 3 and 4. “Griefs” is translated from the Hebrew word “chole”, which means sickness, disease or malady (see Strong’s Concordance). “Chole” is used again in Deuteronomy 7:15, 28: 59 and 61, 1Kings 17: 17; 2 Kings 1: 2, 8: 8; and 2 Chronicles 21: 15. In each of these verses the word is translated “sickness”, and in 2 Chronicles 16:12, “chole” is translated “disease”. “Sorrows” on the other hand is from the Hebrew word “makob”, which means “pain”, “inconvenience”. In Job 14: 22 and 33: 19, “makob” is translated as “pain”.

Bearing all this in mind, let’s look back at Isaiah 53:3,4 and substitute the words “sickness” and “disease” for the word “griefs”, and substitute “sorrows” with “pain”. Those who lived when the King James Version of the Bible was published may have understood “griefs” and “sorrows” to mean sickness and pain, but today those words do not convey the same meaning.

Once again looking forward to a future time, prophet Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 53: 5, “…and with His stripes we are healed.” But Peter in 1 Peter 2: 24, looking back to the past declares, “….by His stripes we were healed.” In every hospital room in this city is someone who is healed already, but doesn’t know it. Why? Because they haven’t believed the report of the Lord, and the arm of the Lord is not revealed unto them.

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