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Sabbath School Lessons on Health & Healing
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Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.
is the author of these Sabbath School lesson study outlines. He is the Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law at Regent University School of Law. Professor Cameron has devoted his life to promoting the Gospel and defending believers. In addition to teaching at an overtly Christian law school, he continues his 40 year practice of law which is limited to the litigation of constitutional rights and religious freedom cases for employees. He holds an undergraduate degree from Andrews University and a Doctor of Law from Emory University School of Law.
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Lesson 1: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow! *
Introduction: How important is your health? Would you like to wake
up every morning feeling great? If money is any gauge, I have read
that in the United States alone over two trillion dollars (trillion,
not billion) is spent each year on our health. Does God care about
our health? Is there a connection between righteousness and health?
Do we have an obligation to God to do our best to stay healthy?
Let's dive into our new series of studies to see what the Bible has
to say about health!
- Reasons for Praise
- Read Psalms 103:1. What does it mean to praise God with
our "inmost being?" (This is not superficial praise. This
is praising God from our core - from deep inside.)
- Read Psalms 103:2. I often hear people say we should
praise God "because of who He is." What additional
reason does the Psalmist give us to praise God? (He gives
us benefits! This seems a selfish reason to give praise,
but it is natural (and easy) to praise someone who helps
- Read Psalms 103:3-5. What is the Psalmist describing?
(The previously mentioned benefits that God gives us!)
- Let's list these benefits. (Forgiveness of sin.
Healing disease. Pulling us out of a pit. Giving us
love and compassion. Satisfying our desires with
good things. Giving us youth.)
- As you look at this list, do any of these
benefits have anything to do with health? (Yes!
Giving us a youthful feeling and getting rid of
- Do you attach any importance to the fact that
when the Psalmist lists our benefits he lists
the forgiveness of sins first and healing of
diseases second? (Eternal life is logically
more important than life on earth.)
- Let's look at these two benefits -
forgiving our sins and healing us from
disease - in more detail.
- Praise for Forgiveness of Sin
- Read 2 Timothy 1:9. When did God formulate His plan to
fix our sin problem? (Before the beginning of time.
Before the beginning of our existence.)
- What does this suggest about God's thinking when He
created us? (He created us with the knowledge that
we might reject Him.)
- Assume you are a parent and your child has
rejected you. If you could turn back time and
not have this child born, would you do it? (A
parent who says, "I would have this child
anyway" shows incredible love. Our God has
shown incredible love to us.)
- Read Ephesians 2:8-10. Do we deserve to have our sins
forgiven and eternal life? (No. It is a gift from God,
and not the result of our works. However, we have been
created to do good works.)
- Now we understand why the Psalmist in Psalms 103:3
praises God for forgiving our sins.
- Praise God for Healing Disease and Giving Us Youth
- Read Exodus 15:26. What connection is there between
obeying God and sickness? (God says that if we obey, he
will not bring the diseases on us that He brought on the
- Does this mean that when we get sick it is because
we sinned? (Perhaps.)
- What does the book of Job teach us about this
subject? (Job's "friends" were telling him that he
was sick and suffering because he had not been
obeying God. But, we know from the first chapter of
Job that God told Satan that Job was "blameless and
upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil." Job
- What should we conclude from Job and Exodus
15:26 about the origin of illness? (Sometimes
we get sick because we have not followed God
and sometimes we get sick because we have
followed God. In addition, our common sense
tells us that sometimes we get sick simply
because we live in a sin-filled world.)
- Let's look again at the last few words of Exodus
15:26: "I am the Lord, who heals you." Is there both
a negative and positive involvement of God in our
health? (God seems to say He is a healing God. That
is His normal attribute, the positive side of
health. However, He also brings diseases on the
disobedient. God is involved in our health in both a
positive and negative way.)
- Read Jeremiah 7:22-23. Could God have just given the
people commands about worshiping Him? (Of course. This is
the way people viewed pagan gods.)
- What else did God do for us? (God is not just
seeking our worship, He is seeking to have a
relationship with us. He wants our lives to go well
- and for that reason He has given us a series of
commands. This is the positive side of obedience,
the "healing" side.)
- What examples do we see of this in the Bible? (If
you skim over Leviticus chapters 11-15 you will find
numerous regulations that God gave Moses to keep the
people healthy and disease-free.)
- Read Proverbs 3:7-8. Avoiding arrogance, fearing God,
shunning evil: do these have any obvious connection to
health and strong bones? (This suggests a connection
between spiritual health and physical health. This seems
more than the idea of God putting diseases on us as a
judgment or a test, or healing us as a blessing. There is
some inherent connection between righteousness and
health. The natural result of obedience is a strong and
- Praise Sacrifice
- Read Romans 12:1. I thought Jesus was the Lamb of God who
died to take away our sins. Why are we sacrifices?
- Let's work through this problem. What is the reason
for us to be sacrifices? ("In view of God's mercy."
This is a reference to the mercy Jesus showed us by
dying for our sins. As His followers, we need to
have the same sacrificial attitude.)
- How is our sacrifice different from that of Jesus?
(We are a "living" sacrifice. I'll choose that over
being a "dead" sacrifice!)
- How is this worship? (As part of our worship to a
God who gave His life for us, we make some
- Now for the tough question, what kind of sacrifice
are we talking about? What does it mean for you to
"offer" your "body" as a "living sacrifice?"
- Read Romans 12:2. What does this suggest is the answer to
the prior question? (Our "sacrifice" is to conform to
God's will and not the will of the world.)
- Romans 12:1 referred to our body and this refers to
our mind. Are both involved in this living
sacrifice? (Clearly, there is a physical component
to this. A healthy body reflecting a positive
relationship with God is part of the "sacrifice."
Our actions begin with attitudes of our minds. We
need to present a total sacrifice: mind and body!)
- Is health a part of this? (The parallel seems to be
a renewed mind and renewed body. These reflect our
total worship of God.)
- All sorts of people worship their body. This is one
of the main goals of our age. Is that what is being
discussed here? (The text warns us about conforming
to the pattern of the world. Instead, our worship is
a mind and body reflecting the greatness of our
- Friend, if you have not thought about the relationship
between health and spirituality, if you have not thought
about taking care of your body as part of your worship of
God, will you consider it today? Why not commit today to
asking God to help you renew not only your mind, but also
your body as part of your "living sacrifice?"
- Next week: The Power of Choice.
* Copr. 2010, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D. All scripture references are to the New International Version (NIV), copr. 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society, unless otherwise noted. Quotations from the NIV are used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers. Suggested answers are found within parentheses. The lesson assumes the teacher uses a blackboard or some other visual aid.