We know that people suffered from many skin issues. I imagine it being caused by exposure to the sun and other outdoor elements. Some of it may have been caused by bugs, irritating the eyes as they worked outside. Many times they would pour oil on their heads to keep the bugs away. (anointing with oil.) There are accounts of those with Leprosy, sores and boils. Different names to a lot of the ailments we know today. Many times this disease would cause the loss of limbs and slow death of the body.

There is reference to female problems such as an issue of blood one woman was healed from through her faith in Jesus. Depending on the culture, many women were brutalized sexually. Sexual organs mutilated as an act of dominance.  It’s hard to believe, but this still goes on in certain areas of the world.

We hear about Peter’s mother-in-law being healed of a fever that had been plaguing her for some time. She immediately got out of bed and served Jesus. Fevers were common in this time and were considered an actual disease, rather than just a symptom. In fact the Talmud refers to fever as ”fire.”

We know there were physicians. Dr. Luke ministered to Paul when he was in prison – caring for his wounds as well as taking dictation for the book of the Acts of the Apostles. This was all done as Paul awaited his execution by beheading.

Several people were healed from deafness, blindness, vocal impairment, lame bodies and demon possession.  All of them by miraculous acts of Jesus and later his disciples.

Today there are cures for most of these things, but people still suffer being blind or losing their hearing. Some never learn to talk. Others have limbs which can be repaired, but there are still scars. As to demon possession, I have mixed feelings on that subject. The devil has been defeated, so he should have no control over us, but still there is mental illness which I suppose could be considered a form of demon possession.

In the Roman empire there were those who experienced epilepsy and the seizures which accompanied it. Even the rich and famous weren’t excluded.

As we know, the Jews had strict laws regarding sanitation and cleanliness. They weren’t immune to sickness however. They lived in a community of mixed cultures, so there was no shortage of germs. People were coming and going through Galilee on an ongoing basis, so they would bring disease with them.

Since pain, suffering and death are all are result of man’s fall into sin, there is no escaping it.  We can all expect to die, but we have the blessed assurance from God that He has taken on all our sorrows and is preparing a place for us in His heavenly realm after death.

Jesus may have seen many of his friends and relatives die at an early age from some disease. He would’ve seen suffering that we don’t see today, because of the advances in medical knowledge. He had the power to heal everyone, but the time was not yet right. Boys were confirmed in their faith at twelve and weren’t considered to come to the of age of manhood until they were thirty – precisely the age of Jesus when he started His walk to our salvation.

We all may wonder if Jesus did anything miraculous when He was a child, but the Bible is very clear on that. When He performed His first miracle at the wedding of Cana, He told His mother that His time had not yet come – but then he changed water into the best wine ever created.

I believe that Jesus, the child, knew He was divine, because He’s God. I also believe He chose not to show that side of Himself until He reached the age of manhood. His childhood gave Him the experience of life as a human being. He experienced acne, growing pains, puberty, temptation and at the same time, He grew in knowledge and wisdom, never falling into sin.

This was all in preparation for the work He came to earth to do.




As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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  1. Wally Fry says:

    That was interesting. Jesus seeing all that around Him and knowing it was not His time. Of course, healing all the physical maladies of the world was not the point anyway. That was just to prove HIm and who He was. We all know His real mission was to cure our spiritual sickness. Good series, Kathy.

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  2. hatrack4 says:

    John records that Jesus told His mother that it was not yet His time, but the Bible never said why Mary asked Him in the first place. I can only imagine what went on at their home all those years. This has been an excellent series. I am going to reblog this one.

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  3. hatrack4 says:

    Reblogged this on Thoughts from Mark "Hat" Rackley and commented:

    Sharing is caring. This is installment four of a series by Kathy Boecher. It is great food for thought.

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