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The Holy Physician

Holy – set-apart in wisdom/knowledge and practices

Physician – is one who makes sick people whole;  a healer

The Most High has ordained the Physician for the ministry of healing and preventing dis-eases of all sorts. He acknowledges that his art of healing comes from the hands of the Creator:

Honour a physician with the honour due unto him for the uses which ye may have of him: for the Lord hath created him. For of the most High cometh healing, and he shall receive honour of the king. The skill of the physician shall lift up his head: and in the sight of great men he shall be in admiration. – Sirach 38:1-3 

He understands that healing process must first address the putting off the weight of sin and guilt, for unsettled spirit can nullify an herb’s medicinal effects on an individual.

My son, in thy sickness be not negligent: but pray unto the Lord, and he will make thee whole. Leave off from sin, and order thine hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all wickedness.-Sirach 38:9-10  

He practices according to a code of ethics, which is the law, statutes, and commandments of the most high with all its implications. HIs code of practices centers around the foundation that every person he treats is the made in the image and likeness of the living God. 

Furthermore, he understands the way in which plants and animals are used in the healing process, as well as in preventive measures, that is, the preparation, dosage, time, on what diet and in what season… This knowledge is wielded with precise care in keeping the individual’s constitutional aspects in mind, so that each prescription addresses the person not just the symptoms. It is otherwise known as holistic or constitutional medicine, whereby the physician treats the person and not just the disease (the downfall of western medicine). 

My child, test yourself while you live; see what is bad for you and do not give in to it. For not everything is good for everyone, and no one enjoys everything. – Sirach 37:27-29

Contrary to modern medicine, the medicine in practice is only from, (or of) high-quality nature-all plants and animals. 

He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; – Psalm 104:14

The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth, and he that is wise will not hate them. Was not the water made sweet a tree, in order that the power thereof might be known? And he hath given men skill, that he might be honored in his marvellous workes. With such does he heal men, and taketh away their pains. Of such does the Apothecary make a confection [herbal teas, tinctures, tonics etc…], and of his works, there is no end, and from him is health over all the earth. – Book of Sirach 34:4

In addition to prescribing herbal remedies, he provides them with a course of action in terms of diet and reconciling spiritual mis-alignments.

Here is A snapshot into the life a holy physician exemplar from the book Kitchen Medicines:

“Grandfather Isaiah’s constant admonition: “waste not want not.” It was he… who taught us, the 3 Harris children, the medicinal values of the seeds of Watermelon, pumpkins and squash, which we dried and saved for future uses… Not only did our grandfather guide us along proper gardening habits, for his was the current “organic” method. He would not permit the addition of any chemical as fertilizer or spray: “God provides everything” was one of his favorite expressions; he taught us the many uses of the wonderful herbs of our environs, which were of such profitable service to the Harris family, as medicines, foods, material, for baskets and clothes… And rarely did grandfather ever buy his own wine or liquor, for again the Lord had provided him with the almost innate knowledge and skill of preparing his own wines and stronger liquors with Wild Grapes,.. Dandelion, Burdock, Yarrow…

Above all, to us grandchildren Grandfather appeared to us as the stalwart standard-bearer of Godliness, Cleanliness, and Conservation. As for eating habits he encouraged us to eat one hearty meal a day, usually at suppertime…. “Don’t,” he warned, “eat at all if you’re are overtired or upset.” Eat many such fruits and vegetables when they are in season. One afflicted with kidney stones should eat such fruits with stones or pits (and it is a well-known fact that these Summer fruits do dissolve out of the body the gravel matter that later may form kidney stones). And regarding herbs and the remedies, Grandfather’s oft-repeated advice amounted to these ever-true tidbits: Use much of the herbs that grow in your immediate environs and remember that “far-fetched is dearly bought.” Drink a tea of those herbs twice daily through the year and they will keep your bloodstream clean and toxin-free and your body cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Prepare the body Physiology for the benefits of herbs too by abstaining from all solid foods for one full day prior to the ingestion of the tea. 

Just as his friend the Indian Medicine man gave thanks to the Great White Spirit, So Grandfather, too, gave thanks to the Lord for His guidance for his ability to heal, through Nature’s produce of wonderful herbs, all who needed healing…. Never to be forgotten is Grandfather’s bits of advice to encourage the householder to stay on a never-ending spree of saving this and saving that, be it foods or herbs or other vegetables or animal matter for some practical economic use as a remedy, or as another addition to the ever-increasing compost piles.”

The Most set-apart quality, however, is the holy physician’s attitude of reverence and honor to the most high. In his mind, The glory is not to the creation (Mother Nature, plants and animal spirits…), but to the creator: giving all glory, honor, and praises to the most High for creating plants and animals that provide the wonderful medicine for his practice. In sum, he thinks himself nothing but a servant being called to heal and protect his people from ailments on all spiritual and physical levels. 

Looking for a physician of the most high: 

See Dr. Truman at Herbal Health Review