Gospel Doctrine 2015 – Lesson 7 – [He] Took Our Infirmities, and Bare Our Sicknesses

Lesson title

The lesson title refers to Matthew 8:16-17:

When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:

17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

Matthew says that the Saviour’s healing miracles fulfilled a prophecy by Isaiah. The LDS scripture footnotes do not give a cross reference for a relevant scripture in Isaiah.  However, Elder Bruce R McConkie identifies the prophecy as Isaiah 53:4:

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

Elder McConkie goes on to say:

Isaiah’s clear meaning is that the Messiah takes upon himself the sins-and hence the griefs and sorrows, for these come because of sin-of all men on condition of repentance. Matthew simply assumes his apostolic prerogative to give added meaning to Isaiah’s words by applying them-properly-to the physical healings that are a type and pattern of the spiritual healings wrought through the infinite and eternal atonement of Him who ransoms men both temporally and spiritually.” (The Mortal Messiah: From Bethlehem to Calvary, 2: 52.)

I find that an interesting thought – that the physical healings were a type and pattern of the spiritual healings made available through the atonement. The miracles that Jesus performed during his mortal ministry were marvelous and awe-inspiring but others of the Lord’s servants have exercised priesthood power to heal the sick and raise the dead. However, no-one else ever could perform the miracle of conquering death as the Saviour did through his resurrection or the miracle of bearing our griefs, sorrows and sins as the Saviour did through his infinite atonement.

Miracles today

Harold B. Lee

“The greatest miracles I see today are not necessarily the healing of sick bodies, but the greatest miracles I see are the healing of sick souls, those who are sick in soul and spirit and are downhearted and distraught, on the verge of nervous breakdowns. We are reaching out to all such, because they are precious in the sight of the Lord, and we want no one to feel that they are forgotten.” (Ensign, July 1973, p. 123.)


Jesus Christ’s miracles in the New Testament

  1. Turning water into wine – John 2:1-11
  2. Healing a nobleman’s son – John 4: 46-54
  3. A multitude of fishes – Luke 5:1-11
  4. Casting out an unclean spirit – Mark 1:21- 28
  5. Healing Simon Peter’s mother in law – Mark 1:29 -31
  6. Healing a multitude – Mark 1:32 -34
  7. Healing a leper – Matthew 8:1-4
  8. Centurion’s servant cured – Matthew 8:5-13
  9. Stilling the tempest – Matthew 8:23-27
  10. Casting devils into a herd of swine – Matthew 8 :28 -33
  11. Healing man sick of the palsy – Matthew 9:1-8
  12. Healing an invalid on the Sabbath – John 5:1-9
  13. Healing man with withered hand on the Sabbath – Matthew 12:10-13
  14. Raises son of the widow of Nain from the dead – Luke 7:11-15
  15. Healing one possessed of a devil, blind and dumb – Matthew 12:22
  16. A woman is healed by touching his clothes – Mark 5:24-34
  17. Raising Jairus’ daughter to life – Mark 5:22-24, 35-43
  18. Healing two blind men – Matthew 9:27-31
  19. Healing a dumb man possessed of a devil – Matthew 9:32-33
  20. Feeding 5000 – Matthew 14:15-21
  21. Walking on water – Matthew 14:22-27
  22. Saves Peter from drowning – Matthew 14: 29-32
  23. Those who touch the hem of his garment are made whole – Matthew 14:35-36
  24. Healing the daughter of a gentile woman – Matthew 15:21-31
  25. Opening the ears and loosening the tongue of a person with an impediment – Mark 7:31-35
  26. Feeding 4000 – Matthew 15: 32-39
  27. Healing a blind man – Mark 8:22-26
  28. Healing a lunatic – Matthew 17:14-21
  29. Paying taxes in a miraculous manner – Matthew 17:24-27
  30. Casting out a devil – Luke 11:14
  31. Healing a man born blind, on the Sabbath – John 9:1-38
  32. Healing a woman on the Sabbath – Luke 13:11-13
  33. Healing a man on the Sabbath – Luke 14:1-4
  34. Raising Lazarus from the dead – John 11 :1-46
  35. Healing 10 lepers – Luke 17:11-19
  36. Healing two blind men – Matthew 20:30-34
  37. Cursing a fig tree – Matthew 21:17-19
  38. Healing Malchus’ ear – Luke 22:50-53
  39. Rising from the dead – John 20
  40. Multitude of fishes – John 21:1-6

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