Continuing with our series on "God of Regeneration", let's focus on yet another dimension to this subject…

Physical

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him. "No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be AbraHam, for I have made you a father of many Nations." (Genesis 17:5)

God also said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be SaraH." (Genesis 17:15)

From the case of individual Job, let's move onto a family. The one of Abram and Sarai. Well, the aged couple representing the "Biblical first family of Faith" had long given-up hope of becoming parents, so much so they had used debatable surrogacy to have a child thirteen years earlier (Genesis 16). Lo and behold suddenly at a grim period in their lives when all of vim, vigour and vitality had ebbed out of their ageing bodies, there comes a renewal (Genesis 17:16-17) of Divine promise made earlier (Genesis 15:4) that they would have a son. Quite justifiably Father Abraham being well aware of the effects of Father Time had had on his and his wife's body (all of 90 years old) initially laughed at the prospect of begetting a son at that age. However, he took the omnipotent God at His Word (for the word "impossible" does not figure in the Creator's dictionary). And the result? Boy, there were such metabolic, physical changes in the bodies of this aged couple that Grammy (of that age) Sarah acquires a new and glowing look which even modern-day rejuvenating beauty creams simply cannot bring about. Some time later, awed by her beauty a pagan King takes her into his harem and it is another story altogether that God delivers this Blessed Couple from this messy situation (Genesis 20). Shortly afterwards arrives Baby Issac (in Hebrew means Laughter) bringing joyous laughter in the lives of now youthful Abraham and Sarah. Talk of 30 year olds "living inside" 90 year old bodies...

Now for some semantic study of the Scriptures. Raise your hands those who know that "H" is an aspirate word (cannot pronounce it without inhaling revitalizing oxygen). Notice in the above-captioned Scripture portion the good Lord added "H" into the names of this epochal couple, so as to say, He was breathing new life into their bodies (a la Creation account of Adam -- See Genesis 2:7) who were well past the age of child-bearing.

Feeling down and out physically at the dawn of a New Year? Take heart, if EL-SHADDAI God (in Hebrew meaning of the word "אל שדי" is ALMIGHTY -- Genesis 17:1) could regenerate the bodies of two nonagenarians, it wouldn't take him long to renew you physically too, once you look unto Him prayerfully seeking the same. In God's scheme of things, whenever it comes to recovering from physical, incurable, chronic ailments, it is always right to do our part (whatever is within our means) and leave the remainder to Him (2 Kings 20:7).

Prayer: Father, we uphold all the sick and the shut-ins, let your healing touch of regeneration be upon their bodies so that they recover and testify of Thy faithfulness. In Jesus' Name. Amen.


Suresh Manoharan

J and SM Ministries.

(To access the other parts of the mini-series, "God of Regeneration, please click here.)