Here we look at Healing and Medicine, specifically as related to the post God the Original Aromatherapist. The two scriptures we are looking at are:
In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.
Strong’s Concordance Definitions
Let’s take a closer look at the definitions of Healing and Medicine in the Strong’s Concordance. Looking these words up, there is extensive cross referencing to other words, so I followed them out for us.
Healing (NT Greek)
2322 – therapia, from 2323; attendance (specifically medical, i.e., cure), figuratively and collectively, domestics: – healing, household.
2323 – therapeuo, from the same as 2324; to wait upon menially, i.e. (figuratively) to adore (God), or (specifically) to relieve (of disease): -cure, heal, worship.
2324 -therapon, a menial attendant, (as if cherishing): – servant.
To put that all together, you could say: to serve, attend, wait upon menially (meaning gradually or little by little) to cure or heal. Or in other words: attending to the medical needs to heal or cure.
Going back to Revelation 22:2, and paraphrasing from the definitions we could further explain healing by saying:
In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree (of life) were to be a menial attendant to bring about gradual relief of disease, to bring about a cure to the nations.
Medicine (OT Hebrew)
8644 – teruwphah, from 7322 in the sense of its congener 7495: a remedy: -medicine
7322 -ruwph , to triturate (in a mortar), i.e. (figuratively) to agitate (by concussion): – tremble
7495 -rapha or raphah, (properly) to mend (by stitching), i.e. (figuratively) to cure: -cure, (cause to) heal, physician, repair, thoroughly make whole. See 7503
7503 – raphah, to slacken (in many applications, literally or figuratively): abate, cease, consume, draw [toward evening], fail, (be) faint, be (wax) feeble, forsake, idle, leave, let alone (go down), (be) slack, stay, be still, be slothful, (be) week (-en). See 7495.
Well, ‘congener’ and ‘triturate’ are not words in our everyday language! I had to look them up just to be sure I got the full meaning being conveyed in Strong’s:
Congener – Latin for ‘of the same kind’
Triturate – crush, grind, pulverize.
Whew!! Lots of deep studying there.
So medicine is a remedy crushed, ground, or pulverized used to slacken, or abate (symptoms) to mend or to cure.
Looking back at Ezekiel 47:12, and again paraphrasing:
Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. The fruit of (the all kinds of trees) will be for food and their leaves will be a medical remedy.
Go to God the Original Aromatherapist to see how these words relate to aromatherapy.
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