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Did Jesus Heal the Mentally Ill?

Aside from his death and resurrection, Jesus the Christ is most famous for the miracles that are reported of Him in the four gospel witnesses as is shown here,

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. Matthew 4:23-24

In verse 23 it says He healed all manner of sicknesses and diseases, and for the most part, you’ll usually hear in sermons and conversations about the blind receiving sight, the lame taking up their beds and walking, the deaf receiving the ability to hear and the raising of the dead such as in the narrative of Lazarus, the brother of Martha and Mary. Like many, I never tire of hearing of these unusual and miraculous healings, but there is another aspect of sickness that I’m convinced Jesus did healing in that isn’t spoken of as much.

Amongst the maladies that Jesus healed, there were two examples in verse 24 that stood out to me: torments and those who were lunatic. This is the context for torments:

Strong’s G931 – basanos
Root Word (Etymology)
Perhaps remotely from the same as βάσις (G939) (through the notion of going to the bottom)

This word carries the idea of those who are at the bottom either physically or mentally.
This is the context for lunatic:

Strong’s G4583 – selēniazomai Strong’s Definitions
σεληνιάζομαι selēniázomai, sel-ay-nee-ad’-zom-ahee; middle voice or passive from a presumed derivative of G4582; to be moon-struck, i.e. crazy:—be a lunatic.

The term carries the idea of those who are considered crazy in the head. In today’s society the medical field uses terms like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and many others to classify those who are not considered emotionally and mentally “normal”. When we encounter these types of individuals, the term commonly used to describe them is “crazy”.

The word torment immediately reminded me of those who deal with depression, suicidal thoughts and the like. So while today’s pharmaceutical industry makes billions of dollars by trying to treat these conditions (not heal them), the Bible teaches us that Jesus the Christ verily cured these mental health issues in those He treated just like He was known for healing the obvious physical health issues.

In both cases these miracles were used as a witness in order to give more power to the Gospel. While we may never be able to perform miracles like Jesus, we should still be mindful that with prayer, true unity, and the pure teaching of the Gospel (while being guided by the Holy Spirit), we should look for miracles of both physical and the mental ailments that plague our society.

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About Zaydok The Godhop MC

Zaydok the Godhop MC is a Christian rap artist, community activist, Bible teacher and motivational speaker from Buffalo New York. Zaydok aims to be a voice for the gospel in the streets, the pulpit and in the recording studio, seeking to bring the influence of God's word through rap music and support and unify with Christian artists. He is co-founder of the ICU, a quarterly Christian hip-hop event in western New York that introduces and showcases national and regional Christian rap talent to the church and community. Zaydok is also an assistant Bible teacher in his home church and is dedicated to the love of his family and community

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