(Note to the reader – This may be my first true “think out loud” post. But given the topic I don’t think it is a problem.)
I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord. Jeremiah 30:17a (NIV)
The different names and types of wounds.
There are many words that our Biblical translators call “wounds” so use a concordance if you are going into a deeper study of a verse. Here are other phrases/words that are associated with wound: stabs, racked with hungry, bruises, welts, dead, slain, casualties, plague, affliction, calamity, blows, slaughter, pain, sorrow, grief.
Causes of wounds.
- Self-inflected – careless or intentionally
- God allowed
Functions of wounds in the Bible.
- To hurt
- To get your attention
- To heal you
- To heal someone else
Medical plans for wound care.
- Primary intention (intention is a planned thing and in medicine it is the healing process) – This is when a wound is closed by “sewing” it together
- Secondary intention – The wound is allowed to stay open so infection can drain.
- Tertiary intention (tertiary is a third plan) – The wound is cleaned and purposely left opened for a time before closing it.
Facts about “natural” healing.
- Your body has a complicated process for healing that is marked by certain stages. This process can be interpreted by outside causes or other personal issues such as disease in your body.
- Depth and size of the wound can control the healing process.
- Wound care can influence the healing process. Cleaning and ointments can speed the process or at least keep it on course.
- Wounds can cause visible scars at the point of injury.
∞ Jesus, thank you for the promise in Jeremiah 30: 17. Heal my wounds so that I can be a benefit to the body of Christ. Amen.
See the post – Jesus as Master Healer