If you see people write on Facebook or wherever that “Illness is NEVER from the LORD.”, feel free to share this little Bible study that says otherwise. We need to stop tickling ears and instead fall on our faces. Time to grow up, kids. We are being matured: repentance then revival.
Two interesting and timely points I observed in this past week’s #Torah portion found in Exodus 30:11-34:35…
#1 Cleanliness, particularly #washing hands and feet, was required to enter God’s prescence (Exo 30:17-21). Perhaps you could say “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”. Also, we know we are washed or made clean by God’s word (John 17:17) and our proverbial pure white wedding dress are our ‘righteous acts’ of obedience unto God’s word (Revelation 19:8).
It is believed this coronavirus as many other plagues may have come from contact or eating an ‘unclean’ animal (see Leviticus 11, Deuteronomy 14, Isaiah 65-66, Revelation 18:2). A consequence or result of disobeying God’s instructions is pestilence/plague/disease (Deut 28-30) that effects not just you, but your neighbor and in this case, the entire globe. Therefore, disobeying God’s instructions of right living is not loving God or your many global neighbors.
Interesting washing of hands is mentioned in this Bible passage and is being repeated in the news right now. Moreover, the germs on our hands are symbolic of the germs of our heart as Jesus shared in Mark 7.
#2 We are hearing much about “social distancing” to avoid catching and spreading this virus. Likewise, this Torah passage as many other Bible verses speak to being “set-apart” as those who claim to believe in the One True Living God (see 1 Corinthians 5:1-6:11; 2 Corinthians 6:11-7:1 as a couple of examples).
** Exodus 30:16 defines how others will know you are saved by grace. By being set apart in how you live differently from the world. God gave His commands as a means to be set-apart, holy, clean people, a light to the dark.**
Revelation 18:4 implores us to “Come out of her (proverbial Babylon/Egypt) lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues (diseases/coronavirus).” Notice this is right after mentioning unclean birds so clearly God’s commands of what defines clean vs unclean still apply then and now since it is a book all about the future and AFTER the cross. Also, Isaiah 65-66 define Jesus’ anger upon returning to find people eating swine and not honoring Sabbath…
Revelation describes the saints as those who believe in Jesus AND actually keep God’s commands to be set-apart (Revelation 12:17; 14:11; 19:8; 20:4). They are not merely hearers of the word, but doers as the Apostle James writes in James 1:22. What was the only word they had at the time? Torah.
But only the Spirit of Holiness can cause people to want to operate in a lifestyle of holiness (Ezekiel 11:19-21; 36:27; Romans 7:12) by obeying God’s instructions. Without the Spirit, people naturally will rebel against God’s Torah/instructions Paul explains in Romans 7 and 8. Hence, the point of receiving the Spirit of Holiness in the New Covenant to embed His Torah in our hearts causing us to want to obey. People, even those who believe but refuse to obey will continue being deceived by those who twist Paul’s words leading the naive to keep breaking God’s laws (2 Peter 3:14-18) following the lawless spirit of the AntiChrist rather than the lawful, Spirit of Christ, the Lawgiver Himself.
Recall the reptitive theme Jesus taught in Matthew 7 of real fruit of the Spirit is obedience motivated by an authentic love for God and His instructions. There were plenty of those who thought they were full of His Spirit. They laid hands on people, cast out demons, did miracles all in His Name, but they refused to obey Torah, His Father’s instructions, His eternal laws. So what was Jesus’ response? ‘Depart from me you who practice lawlessness’. To know God is to know and obey His instructions on how to be set-apart…how God defines love and relationship (1 John 5:3..really all of 1 John is a must read).
Consequently, we will continue to experience diseases and far worse outcomes because our hearts refuse to repent and be truly led by the Spirit of Cleanliness, the Holy Spirit. All of this is designed to ‘Reveal and Heal’ the condition of our unclean, diseased hearts. What manifests physically is only revealing the spiritual or unseen.
Eventually, all the viruses/plagues, earthquakes, tsunamis, major hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, etc etc reveal our need for Yeshua/Jesus and cry out for His return (Luke 21). When He does return, He implements and teaches the remaining world His Torah as it was intended and pours out His Spirit of Holiness (Isaiah 2; Micah 4; Zechariah 14; Jeremiah 31;Ezekiel 36-37).
Ezekiel 14:13 says if a land (any land) persistently rebels or is unfaithful to God’s commands, He inflicts His judgments of disease, war, death, famine, etc as a means of discipline..an awakening. So what can we do? Very simple: His Spirit says if My people humble themselves, repent, and return unto all of His word not just what sounds
comfortable and convenient, He will forgive us and heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Today is a National Day of Prayer…aka Repentance.
An infectious disease expert says Americans need to not think of this virus as a ‘blizzard’, but more like a ‘winter’.
From a perspective of faith, I see this virus as an awakening. The Lord has repeatedly used and initiated disease, war, and famine to wake His people up or atleast those who claim to believe but don’t obey His instructions (see Deut. 28; Ezekiel 9 and 14:12-23; 1 Peter 4:17; Revelation 6-11). There always is a group of His people that will be sealed and survive. Why? To be a light to those who don’t believe…who don’t obey Him…to teach them to obey God’s voice, which conveniently has been penned and reproduced thousands of copies worldwide and yet most still don’t hear Him. 📖 Bible prophecy students are not surprised about this plague nor ones to come nor any other ‘disruptive event’. Nor are they thinking they are whisked away at the first trumpet spared from tribulation and trials for we know Christ returns at the last trump. Hence, the entire purpose of the “trumpets” or actual disruptive events that will one day cause extreme global crisis to sound the alarm..To hear Him! Notice there are those who are sealed and protected during those events…they follow Him and His instructions to teach others who don’t (Rev.7:3; 9:4; Matt 5:14-19) just like in Ezekiel 9 and the plagues found in the Book of Exodus. God loves to repeat Himself…He is predictable in patterns.
Contrary to popular books, the only Book that matters says you want to be “left behind” for the righteous inherit, rule, and reign on the earth with Jesus the Messiah whereas the lawless, rebellious, disobedient are whisked away to be burned (Proverbs 2:21-22; Matt 7, 13; 1 Corinthians 6:2; Revelation 5:10; 20:4, 6). Way worse events happen before our Messiah returns. So let’s open our eyes and ears to all of His word, repent, and be willing to obey Him, which is how He defines loving God and loving others…let’s be the light by how we love. How does God define love? 1John 5:3
Also, thankfully, this virus will force mega-churches and even smaller ones to shut down. Rather, small home groups will flourish and replicate more of how “church” was intended…making disciples – not more ways to donate. 🙌
While I am saddened many have and will continue to perish by this virus, I look forward to seeing and experiencing the “church” being made white like a bright light…like a bright white wedding dress by her desire to obey no matter what it costs (Rev.6:9,11;7:14; 9:4; 12:11,17; 14:12; 20:4)…having been made white by obeying His word (John 17:17; Exodus 19:10; Ephesians 5:27; Revelation 19:7-10). Not because we have to but we’ve been given a seal..a Spirit that causes us to want to obey Him. You either have that seal or Satan’s seal. Choose this day whom you will serve.