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Matthew 15:31 Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.

The Bible word translated “maimed” was an ancient medical word used to generally categorize certain physical handicaps. The word was used for visible birth defects or the result of tragic events affecting the arms or legs. These appendages might be usable to some degree, but were still “crooked” or shortened in some fashion. There would be no way to miss a handicap in this category because the word maimed only addressed the appearance of the limb. The word lame, slightly different than maimed, was used for unusable legs or feet.

Maimed was also used for amputees. (Mark 9:43) Records exist of accidental, military, and medical amputations dating back centuries before Christ. Also, there are medical manuals which contain amputation instructions dating as far back as 400 BC.

When Jesus healed the maimed, he literally added the missing section of an arm or leg, or he changed the appearance of an arm or leg which had been bent or shortened.

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  1. Dear Pastor Larry.

    Does the Lord Jesus ever still heal the maimed? Have there been any such miracles since he ascended into Heaven?

    Two other examples: Malchus, whom Peter maimed by cutting off his ear.
    The man born blind: in the Eastern Orthodox belief, this man was born WITHOUT EYEBALLS; hence, the reason that Jesus "made clay" to put on his eye sockets.

    I am maimed terribly from a botched surgery. I have been unable to work, etc. for almost five years now. No one will pray for me or over me about this because NO ONE believes that Jesus can heal me. (It is internal, by the way--not a missing limb or anything.)

    With no one but myself to pray, how can the Lord heal me, as I really believe He can?


  2. Diane,

    Please don't think I am ignoring you. I have given a lot of thought to your comment, but I have not had the time to write a fitting response. I have prayed for you, and will do my best to write more within a few days.

    Pastor Larry

  3. Hi Diane,

    I just found this thread. How are you doing?


    Romans 8:11 AMP

    And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead
    dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the
    dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through
    His Spirit Who dwells in you.



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