WHY DO WE HAVE SICKNESS AND DISEASES?

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INTRODUCTION

 

Believe it or not - it was God’s original plan that man(kind) should live forever. In the beginning, there was no sickness nor disease, of any kind, on Earth. Sickness and disease are the results of sin. So, before Adam and Eve broke the sole commandment (not to eat from the tree in the midst of the garden); they were in good health and in a perfect location in the world – the Garden of Eden.  But, because of this sin mankind must die.  Aside from accidents, wars, murders, suicides, etc., sickness and disease act as just other instruments for the real enemy – death.  But God (being God) offered a way to eternal life after this one has ended, through His son and our Savior Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:21; John 3:15-19). 

 

Romans 5:12  12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned… 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so, might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

NOTE FROM GOD: Again, His original creations, Adam and Eve, were to live forever. Genesis, chapter 2, verses 16- 17: And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.  Point: Obeying equals living forever.

Genesis 3:1-5: Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye, shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. Point: A touch of touch mixed with deadly poison. Point – YOU WILL DIE. Satan is the Father of Lies John 8:44

Genesis 3:22-24:And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man, and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. Point: God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18)

 

SERMON

BUILDING AND DEDICATION OF THE TEMPLE

Solomon's wishes were to please his father, King David.  He knew of the relationship between God and David, the Psalms, the blessings, etc. In 1 Chronicles 17:1, David’s thoughts turn to build a temple for the Lord. The king sent for the prophet Nathan and said, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent.” The difference bothered David. Why should the king’s house be a palace, while the house of God was just a tent? Initially, Nathan encouraged David to follow through on his desire to build a temple for the Lord (1 Chronicles 17:2). Yet that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, changing their plans: “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: You are not the one to build me a house to dwell in’” (verse 4). God then points out that, in all the long history of the tabernacle, He never once rebuked Israel’s leaders for not building a permanent temple (verses 5–6). Rather than David building a temple, God decided to allow David’s son to oversee this work (verses 11–12).

In response, David offered a prayer of praise: “You, Lord, are God! You have promised these good things to your servant. Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Lord, have blessed it, and it will be blessed forever” (1 Chronicles 17:26–27). David considered God’s word as a tremendous blessing that affirmed his son would also serve as king.

SOLOMON’S HOPE IN GOD 2 Chronicles 6:22-30  

22 If a man sin against his neighbour and an oath be laid upon him to make him swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house;… 26 When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; yet if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them; 27 Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance. 28 If there be dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillars (Joel 2:25 God’s Great army); if their enemies besiege them in the cities of their land; whatsoever sore or whatsoever sickness there be:...30 Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according to unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:)

GOD’S RESPONSE 2 Chronicles 7:14

11 Thus Solomon finished the house of the Lord, and the king's house: and all that came into Solomon's heart to make in the house of the Lord, and in his own house, he prosperously effected. 12 And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night (Num 12:6-8 Moses F2F), and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. 13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. 16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there forever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. 19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; 20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations.

 

Here God reinvokes a ‘truth’ clause for Himself. For he knows mankind. But for King David’s sake, He was willing to provide safety, long life (not forever), and good health. If man was willing to hold up his end of the bargain (Isaiah 1:19-20).

 

Isaiah 1 

4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.  5 Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. 6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment…15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

OTHER WARNINGS

  • Deuteronomy 28:61 Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

  • Psalm 107:17–18 Fools because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; And they draw near unto the gates of death.

  • Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

  • Time and again the Lord offers a way out from misery, pain, and disaster. However, mankind is most stubborn. Over and again he mocks God:

Isaiah 9:10 The people boasted what they would do after God humbled them.  “These bricks have fallen, but we will build again with cut stones. These small trees have been chopped down.  But we will put great cedars there.”

 

Exodus 32:9 And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: 10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation. 11 And Moses besought the Lord his God, and said, Lord, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand? 12 Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath and repent of this evil against thy people.

 

Revelations 1610 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast. And darkness covered the beast’s kingdom. People bit their tongues because of the pain. 11 They cursed the God of heaven because of their pain and the sores they had. But they refused to change their hearts and turn away from the evil things they did.

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

 

SUFFERING FOR THE RIGHTEOUS

Sometimes God allows suffering away from the Adamic or self-inflicted sin to get our attention for His use.

 

  • 2 Kings 20:1 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.

 

  • 2 Kings 20:1 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.

 

  • Daniel 8:27 And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king’s business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.

 

  • John 11:1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

 

  • Acts 9:37 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.

 

  • Philippians 2:25–27 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellow soldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.

 

  • 2 Timothy 4:20 Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.


Psalm 107:17-18 says, "Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; And they draw near unto the gates of death.” However, diseases weren’t always a result of sin. Often, this isn’t the case. Many people are afflicted with diseases as a result of a plan God has that we may not understand.  

 

HEALING SCRIPTURES

Despite our setbacks, including illnesses and ailments, we are loved by God.  He is the only one that can heal.  God’s answer to Solomon notes if His chosen people would follow the recipe they would be saved unnecessary anguish - particularly during times of sickness.  Therefore, God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to us so that the world might be saved through Him (John 3:16) and afford a chance for everlasting life. This, after the fall of man, created death on this earth. If that isn’t loving, I don’t know what love is. Often, infirmities bring us closer to God as to due His bidding for a greater purpose.

  • The Apostle Paul “besought God thrice, that it might depart from me” (2 Corinthians 12: 7-9).  "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:" (Acts 9:15).

  • In the gospel accounts of Jesus life and ministry, we are told that Christ said this about Lazarus’ illness, But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.” John 11:4

  • Jesus famed spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering from various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. Large crowds followed Him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan. Matthew 4:24-25

 

SUPPORTING SCRIPTURES

Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

  

Luke 8:50  But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.

Psalm 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

  

James 5:14-16 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much

Mark 10:52  And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

Matthew 10:8  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

 

References

White, L. (2019, October 16). What Does the Bible Say About Diseases? Retrieved from https://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/christianity/what-does-the-bible-say-about-diseases.aspx

What Are Some Sicknesses and Diseases in the Bible? A Christian Study. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-are-some-sicknesses-and-diseases-in-the-bible-a-christian-study/#ixzz6GmAkjoTl

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