Healing for the soul

ballet-111705_640Psalm 41:4: I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.

Sin is a sign of a defect in the soul. Over the years, due to the pervasive influence of sin, our soul has been deformed. The soul defines the essence of being human, it captures the capacity to relate with other humans; connect with each other. God who is Spirit (John 4:24) connects to us in our spirit, but our earthly reality is defined by our soul, while our earthly form is defined by body (1Thessalonians 5:23).

When referring to human being the bible usually used the word soul. Like in God’s words to Ezekiel: the soul that sins shall die. The soul defines our sense of personhood.

When God made man, he called him a living soul (Genesis 2:7). The soul defines the elevated essence of man that makes him different from mere animals. In man’s soul is the encoding of the dominion possibility God made man to have as created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28). We would not have a soul without the breath of God. In the soul that man created was the perfect mix of divinity and humanity.

When man broke the law of God, he broke his soul too, now the soul needs mending. When you have run away emotions running you life aground, crushing you, messing you up, that is the sign of the bleeding soul. There is a wound there somewhere; there is a death-blow there somewhere.

When you will seems cracked, and you want to make the right decision but the ability to choose right is beyond you, you want to say the right words, but it does not come out right. That is a symptom of a soul in need of healing, a soul wounded by sin, torn by innate errors.

Is your mind running riot with thoughts you don’t want, it’s like rotten thoughts have taken residence in your soul, which is a sign that the soul is not in the best shape possible, that it is in need of healing. In prayer the healing of the soul takes place, over time. In prayer we get to engage the spirit of God, with his emotion, thoughts and will, and the soul gets mended, as it exchanged its weaknesses for the strength of God, as the balm in Gilead (Jeremiah 8:22) (anointing from God’s presence) gets to work in us, doing inner repairs.

Man was called a living soul, but was told that the day he eats of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he will die (Genesis 3). And the place where the death was immediately felt was in the soul, in the self-consciousness of being naked; it was the apart-from-God moment of nakedness and emptiness; it was the feeling of coldness, when the warmth of God, of the divine presence lifts from the soul.

When man chose to depart from the word of God, the judgment of death was felt in the soul, and after the self-consciousness, they were thrown into fear zone. Fear as an emotion surprised Adam and Eve. They were confused because they could not do anything about the fear. They could do something about the feeling for nakedness, they got some leaves to cover themselves but fear was deeper than that. The soul was cracking up and the earthly experience of Adam was turning out to be a nightmare right before his eyes. Humanity had cracked-up souls as a testimony to the operation of sin and death, which were released because of the disobedience of Adam.

But there is healing through the work of the last Adam (Jesus). He beams with healing (Malachi 4:2). What the first Adam broke the last Adam healed, what the first Adam lost, the last Adam restores. This was pictured in the two sets of covenant tablets that Moses brought from the presence of God, from the mountain. What the ‘first Moses’ broke, the ‘last Moses’ remade (Exodus 32, 34).

The first man that God made was perfect, formed by the hand of God, nothing missing, nothing broken. So also was the first set of the tablets of the words of the covenant brought from the mountain, by Moses. It was without the input of man. God carved out the stones by himself, he wrote the words by himself. It was perfect.

The sin of the children of Israel made Moses angry and he threw them down, the perfect was thrown away. Sin broke down the soul of the man. The work of God was destroyed. What God had written in the soul now seems barely readable, dominion was lost and the devil became the god of this world (2Corinthians 4:4). The soul of man was destroyed; man sense of awareness of God was destroyed.

God told Moses that another set of the tablets must be made. But this time around, Moses had to do the cutting of the stone himself. It was not going to be as perfect as the first one. Meaning perfect existence is not achievable in this world.

However the finger of God will rewrite the original words on the tablets, meaning that in the midst of the imperfection of the soul, the imprint of the Spirit can be perfect, the will of God can still be carried out by mortal men; the treasure will be in earthen vessels (2Corinthians 4:7).

Moses (the last) represented the leadership of the people of God as ordained by Jesus (Ephesians 4:7-16) given the mandate to carve the soul into its required shape. Through the ministration of the word, we are gradually cut into the shape of the fullness of the stature of Christ; we are shaped aright to fit into the purpose of God for us.

It is going to take an effort. Ask Moses. He would have preferred that God would cut the second set of stones again with his own hands.

God wanted man to understand how far he really fell because of sin, and appreciate the grace extended to him. We need now to progressively walk the long walk into the perfection of God. We would not appreciate how far we have fallen and how in reality the sin-caused defect in man was great, if we did not participate in the process of restoration. The fall of the first stones from the hands of Moses was from a great height. It was not amenable. Moses will be more careful when he has invested his effort and time to make another set of tablets.

After the fall of the first tablets, there was the need for a new set, in the same way, what we need is a new creature, a new man in Christ Jesus, not a patching of the old, not painting over the old fault lines of the soul (2Corinthians 5:17).

 

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