Sickness and the Bible.

Sorry for the delay. I was sick all night with some kind of stomach ailment – perhaps food poisoning. It was enough to keep me from going to work and, later, sleep with socks on, both are unusual for me.

The Bible has quite a bit to say about sickness.

In the Law it says,

You shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. Ex 23:25

The Lord will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, Deut 7:15

And while it seems that God wants to protect His people from sickness. For this to happen it appears the people would need to serve Him with all their heart, mind, and soul; to follow His commandments and statutes, which did not happen.

Sickness knows no bounds and affected kings, priest, and prophets alike.

Elisha had become sick with the illness of which he would die. 2 Kings 13:14

Elisha did die.

Hezekiah was sick and near death. Isa 38:1

Hezekiah did not die at this time but would fifteen years later.

Jesus was well known for preaching and teaching the Gospel to the people and

healing every sickness and every disease among the people. Matt 9:35

And while there is a gift of healing through the Holy Spirit, it is evident that not everyone receives healing.

There was the infirmity of Paul, which he sought three times for God to remove. And there was a man that Paul also did not heal.

Erastus stayed in Corinth, but Trophimus I have left in Miletus sick. 2 Tim 4:20

Sickness is a part of life and I believe sickness is a result of bacteria, viruses, impurities, and sin.

My sickness was through violating some food law and eating spoiled meat. Did I know this at the time? No, had I, I would never have eaten it.
Yet I feel that God has delivered me from this sickness.

by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24

Probably the best part about being sick, if there is one, is my wife anointing me with oil and praying over me for healing.

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