Disability Related Scriptural Readings
Matthew 11:2-3 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” Compare: Luke 7:19-28 “John sent two of his disciple to ask Jesus if He was the messiah and same hour Jesus’ healed many of their infirmities.

-Verse 4-5 and Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy[a] are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.

-Six verse later in Matthew 11:11 & Luke 7:28-“Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he”.

Compare: Matt 25:40, 45 “What you do unto the least of these you do to me"

-Matt 18:1-7; Mark 10:13-16-'The greatest in God's Kingdom are the least among us (little children here).

John 9: 1-41

2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

COMPARE: John 6:29 “Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."

-End of John 9 Jesus finds the man after He is excommunicated from the temple and He believes and worships Jesus

Verse 39 Jesus said,[a] “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”

Verse 40-41 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” 41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.


Luke 14:12-15 “Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous. 15 When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”

-Parable of Great Banquet- invited people- Excuses. Bought field, bought 5 oxen and got married. Master angry with excuses and order to bring the disabled in.

Luke 14:21”Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
22 “‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room."

Luke 14:23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’

Matthew 4:23-25- The majority of the crowds the followed Jesus were people with disabilities.  Jesus gave them a priority.

Verse 23-25 "Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.
25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis,[a] Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him".

Matthew 15:30-35- Feeding of 4,000 ( word mulititude used 5 times. Who were this multitude?)

Verses 30 "And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them".

Verse 31 "Insomuch that the multitude wondered , when they saw the dumb to speak ,the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk , and the blind to see : and they glorified the God of Israel".

Verse 32 'Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said , I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat : and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way".

Verse 33 "And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude? 34And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye ? And they said , Seven, and a few little fishes.35And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground...."


1 Cor 6:4 “If then ye have judgments or decisions of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.

1 Corinthians 12:23-26 "And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it".


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1 Cor 9:22 “Become as weak to the weak”

Romans 15:1 “We who are strong out to bear the infirmities of the weak”

1 Thess 5:14 “We are commanded to comfort the feebleminded and support the weak”
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1 Corinthians 1:25-29- "For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. 26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not —to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.

Compare 2 Cor 4:7 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.


Compare to James 4:6 “God gives grace to the humble but resists the proud”

2 Cor 12:7 “To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.

2 Cor 12:8 “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.

2 Cor 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me”.

Compare to James 4:6 “God gives grace to the humble but resists the proud”


James 1:27 “Pure religion is to visit the orphans and widows- James 1:27

Matthew 5: 11"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me”.

Compare: Romans 8: 28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love
him, who have been called according to his purpose


Exodus 4:11 “The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

Is 61:3 "God gives us beauty for ashes"

Gen 50:20 "God takes what was meant for our evil turns it into our good".

1 Sam 16:7  "God does not look on the outward appearance but on the heart".

Matt 9:12-13 "Jesus did not come for the healthy but for the sick. Matt".


Scriptures of Jesus Healing those with
infirmities and disabilities


Our Lord Jesus in His earthly ministry showed special favor to people with disabilities.  He showed compassion towards the lame, blind, crippled and deaf.   Jesus gave people with disabilities special attention.  We need to follow the example of our Lord and give people with disabilities the equal opportunity to worship and minister in the church. The lesson from Jesus' interaction with people with disabilities is to include them in the church and not exclude them as often occurs.  Jesus' example is that we should acknowledge, promote and empower people with disabilities by giving them a special place of importance in our Church ministries.  Below are some scripture examples of Christ personal ministry to people with disabilities in the New Testament. There are 26 healings of Jesus recorded in the New Testament.

Eyewitnesses report of Jesus ministry to people with disabilities and the disadvantaged
Matthew 11:2  When John the Baptist heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples  3 to ask Jesus, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?"  4. Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see:  5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor."

Jesus heals the epileptics and paralytics
Matthew 4:24

Jesus heals two blind men
Matthew 9:27 As Jesus went out from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David"!  28. When he had gone indoor, the blind men came to him, and Jesus asked them, "Do you believe that I' am able to do this"?  "Yes Lord" they replied. 
29. Than Jesus touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith it will be done to you". 30. and their sight was restored.

Jesus heals man with the withered hand
Matthew 12:10-13; Mark 1:29-31

Jesus heals man who was both blind and mute
Matthew 12: 22  Then they brought him a demon possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 

The lame, blind, crippled, dumb and many others are brought to Jesus
Matthew 15:29 Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee.  Then he went up into the hills and sat down.  30 Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the dumb and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. 31 The people were amazed when they saw the dumb speaking; the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing.  And they praised the God of Israel.

Jesus heals epileptic boy
Matthew 17:14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him.  15  "Lord, have mercy on my son", he said.  "He is an epileptic and is suffering greatly.  He often falls into the fire or into the water....17 Jesus said bring the boy to me". 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.

Jesus had compassion for people with disabilities
Matthew 20: 29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him.  30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!"  31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!"
32  Jesus stopped and called them.  "What do you want me to do for you?" he asked.  33 "Lord," they answered, "we want our sight,"
34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

Jesus ministered to people with disabilities inside the house of worship
Matthew 21:14 The blind and the lame came to Jesus in the temple, and he healed them 15 But when the chief priest and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, "Hosanna to the Son of David," they were indignant.

The healing of a blind man at Bethesda
Mark 8:22-26 They came to Bethesda, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and let him outside the village.  When he had spit on the man's eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “do you see anything?"  24 He looked up and said, "I see people; they look like trees walking around."  25  Once more Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes.  Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.  26 Jesus sent him home, saying, “don’t go into the village."

Blind Bartimaeus receives his sight
Mark 10:46-52

Jesus heals woman crippled for 18 years
Luke 13:10-17

Jesus heals man with dropsy
Luke 14:1-6

Jesus commands us to invite people with disabilities to our social gatherings
Luke 14:12 Than Jesus said to his hosts, "When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.  13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed.  Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

Jesus shows compassion towards large groups of people with various disabilities and heals a man who had been disabled for 38 years
John 5:3  By the pool in Bethesda a great number of disabled people used to lie- the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in that condition for a long time, he asked him, "Do you want to get well?"  7 "Sir," the invalid replied, "I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred,  While I am  trying to get in someone else goes down ahead of me."  8  Than Jesus said to him, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk."  9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

Jesus heals man born blind from birth on the Sabbath
John 9:1-41




People with infirmities and disabilities
ministered to in the book of Acts

Acts 3:1-12 [Jerusalem, the gate called Beautiful: Peter commands the lame man to rise up and walk, then begins to preach “repentance unto salvation” to the onlookers, 3:12-26.]

Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. [2] And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; [3] Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
[4] And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. [5] And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
[6] Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. [7] And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ancle bones received strength. [8] And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
[9] And all the people saw him walking and praising God: [10] And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. [11] And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering.
[12] And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

Acts 4:29-31 [Jerusalem: The Apostles’ company prays the Lord to “stretch forth His hand to heal.]

…And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, [30] By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
[31] And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

Acts 5:12-16 [Jerusalem: Signs and wonders; people seek healing from the passage of Peter’s shadow; a multitude from other cities receives healing from the Apostles.]

And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. [13] And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. [14] And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.) [15] Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.
[16] There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

Acts 8:5-8 [Samaria: Philip’s mission includes healing.]

Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. [6] And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. [7] For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. [8] And there was great joy in that city.

Acts 9:10-18 [Damascus: Ananias restores Paul’s sight.]

And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
[11] And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, [12] And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
[13] Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: [14] And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
[15] But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: [16] For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.
[17] And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. [18] And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

Acts 9:32-35 [Lydda: Peter heals Aeneas of palsy.]

And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda. [33] And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy. [34] And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.
[35] And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

Acts 9:36-42 [Joppa: Peter raises Tabitha from the dead.]

Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. [37] And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.
[38] And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.
[39] Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.
[40] But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
[41] And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive. [42] And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.


Acts 10:34-43 [Caesarea: Peter preaches to Cornelius, telling how Jesus of Nazareth “went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”]

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: [35] But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
[36] The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
[37] That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; [38] How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
[39] And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: [40] Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; [41] Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
[42] And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. [43] To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

Acts 14:8-10 [Lystra: Peter heals a cripple, provoking an attempt to hail Paul and Barnabas as the gods Mercurius and Jupiter “come down in the likeness of man,” 14:11.]

And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked: [9] The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, [10] Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

Acts 16:16-18 [Philippi: Paul exorcises a damsel with a spirit of divination.]

And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: [17] The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. [18] And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

Acts 19:11-17 [Ephesus: During Paul’s two-year sojourn at Ephesus, sweat-bands and workmen’s aprons brought from Paul’s hands convey God’s power to heal the sick and exorcise demons; exorcisms by others fail.]

And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: [12] So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
[13] Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. [14] And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.
[15] And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
[16] And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. [17] And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.

Acts 20:7-12 [Troas: Paul raises Eutychus from the dead by lying on top of him, as did Elijah and Elisha.]

And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. [8] And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.
[9] And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead. [10] And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him. [11] When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed. [12] And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.

Acts 28:1-6 [Malta: Paul exhibits immunity to a viper’s bite.]

And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita. [2] And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold. [3] And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
[4] And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.
[5] And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm. [6] Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.

Acts 28:8-9 [Paul heals Publius’ father of a fever, and bloody diarrhea, and then other sick people of Malta.]

And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him. [9] So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed: