Whenever I get sick I am a big baby. I want the sickness gone as soon as it arrives. Sometimes in my desire to rid myself, or my loved one of the sickness, pain, or discomfort, I run to the wrong thing. I jump online and start googling the symptoms or the treatment. I call my doctor or doctors. I run to the drug store or the natural path. I google the foods that I should eat or not eat. YOu get the point. I am sure, I am not the only person who does this.
I mean of course, I pray. I pray a short quick cry out for God to rid me of my problem. But then I take it on myself to fix myself.
At other times, I go to the opposite extreme. I ignore my symptoms. I pretend like there is nothing wrong. I convince myself I can muscle it out. If I don’t think about the sickness then it isn’t really there.
Recently, my whole house came down with the flu. With good intentions I began treating my children, husband, and self with bone broth garlic soup, teas, and other known health remedies. a friend lovingly suggested a homeopathic remedy that she had found. I went out and bought it and treated my whole family with it. My son, being the research nerd that he is. Looked into this remedy. It turned out to be nothing more than a sugar pill in reality. No harm was done in giving it to my family, but it made me really think about my behavior.
What should my response to sickness and diseases be? What does the Bible say is the proper response?
So, I got my Bible out and this is what I found. I hope it encourages you today, as it did me. MY God, Yehovah is so much bigger than the flu. Why oh why, would I not go to Him first and trust in Him.
14 Is anyone among you sick? 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. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
This was the first verse that came to my mind. As I pondered this verse, my mind remembered that in LEviticus the response Yehovah gave to the children of ISrael for diseases, especially with discharge, was to clean. In fact, to have the priest cleanse the people. And quarintin.
Leviticus 15New American Standard Bible (NASB)
15 The Lord also spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 2 “Speak to the sons of Israel, and say to them, ‘When any man has a discharge from his [a]body, [b]his discharge is unclean. 3 This, moreover, shall be his uncleanness in his discharge: it is his uncleanness whether his body allows its discharge to flow or whether his body obstructs its discharge.4 Every bed on which the person with the discharge lies becomes unclean, and everything on which he sits becomes unclean. 5 Anyone, moreover, who touches his bed shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening; 6 and whoever sits on the thing on which the man with the discharge has been sitting, shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. 7 Also whoever touches the [c]person with the discharge shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. 8 Or if the man with the discharge spits on one who is clean, he too shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. 9 Every saddle on which the person with the discharge rides becomes unclean. 10 Whoever then touches any of the things which were under him shall be unclean until evening, and he who carries them shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. 11 Likewise, whomever the one with the discharge touches without having rinsed his hands in water shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. 12 However, an earthenware vessel which the person with the discharge touches shall be broken, and every wooden vessel shall be rinsed in water.
13 ‘Now when the man with the discharge becomes cleansed from his discharge, then he shall count off for himself seven days for his cleansing; he shall then wash his clothes and bathe his body in [d]running water and will become clean. 14 Then on the eighth day he shall take for himself two turtledoves or two young pigeons, and come before the Lord to the doorway of the tent of meeting and give them to the priest; 15 and the priest shall offer them, one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. So the priest shall make atonement on his behalf before the Lord because of his discharge.
16 ‘Now if a [e]man has a seminal emission, he shall bathe all his body in water and be unclean until evening. 17 As for any garment or any leather on which there is seminal emission, it shall be washed with water and be unclean until evening. 18 If a man lies with a woman so that there is a seminal emission, they shall both bathe in water and be unclean until evening.
19 ‘When a woman has a discharge, if her discharge in her body is blood, she shall continue in her menstrual impurity for seven days; and whoever touches her shall be unclean until evening. 20 Everything also on which she lies during her menstrual impurity shall be unclean, and everything on which she sits shall be unclean. 21 Anyone who touches her bed shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. 22 Whoever touches any thing on which she sits shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. 23 Whether it be on the bed or on the thing on which she is sitting, when he touches it, he shall be unclean until evening. 24 If a man actually lies with her so that her menstrual impurity is on him, he shall be unclean seven days, and every bed on which he lies shall be unclean.
25 ‘Now if a woman has a discharge of her blood many days, not at the period of her menstrual impurity, or if she has a discharge beyond [f]that period, all the days of her impure discharge she shall continue as though [g]in her menstrual impurity; she is unclean. 26 Any bed on which she lies all the days of her discharge shall be to her like [h]her bed at menstruation; and every thing on which she sits shall be unclean, like [i]her uncleanness at that time. 27 Likewise, whoever touches them shall be unclean and shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. 28 When she becomes clean from her discharge, she shall count off for herself seven days; and afterward she will be clean. 29 Then on the eighth day she shall take for herself two turtledoves or two young pigeons and bring them in to the priest, to the doorway of the tent of meeting. 30 The priest shall offer the one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. So the priest shall make atonement on her behalf before the Lord because of her impure discharge.’
31 “Thus you shall keep the sons of Israel separated from their uncleanness, so that they will not die in their uncleanness by their defiling My [j]tabernacle that is among them.” 32 This is the law for the one with a discharge, and for the man [k]who has a seminal emission so that he is unclean by it, 33 and for the woman who is ill because of menstrual impurity, and for the one who has a discharge, whether a male or a female, or a man who lies with an unclean woman.
What is a discharge? Puke, snot, mucus, puss, blood, etc. A discharge can be flowing, like a runny nose, or none flowing like a pussy wound. But if we look at the response that is given to the people of Israel we see clearly that it is wash, and stay away from others.
So, now, I am thinking about how I respond to sickness. IF I did what was outlined here in Leviticus every time I am sick with any form ao discharge, or if I am spat on (sneezed on, coughed on) by someone with a discharge then I am pretty sure i would not be as sickly. I mean the prescription here is wash and quarintin oneself for a minimum of seven days. Can you imagine not going amongst others for seven days.
Of course, this was in regards to going to the temple and amongst the people of YHVH. There is no temple. So… I continue to ponder these things.
I thought of a verse in Psalms 103
Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
(I encourage you to open your Bible and read all of Psalms 103)
This verse made me think of something i remembered in Deuteronomy. SO, I went over to Deuteronomy 32:39
Oh, this is part of the promise to the children of Israel, in regards to obeying all the Yehovah had commanded them to do.
So, I am still pondering, and more and more verses are coming ot my mind. But, one thing I have not found in the Bible is that when i ma sick I should run ot the internet, nor to a doctor, or any other man or woman for healing or even counsel. The only people Yehovah does have us go to in regards ot healing is the priest. Which there are NO true priest of today, except ONE. There is only one priest, and His name is YEshua. So, my response when sick is to go to Yeshua.
I do want to share a verse I found interesting in my research this morning on this topic.
This is a story about a woman who had suffered for years with a bleeding condition. This story has always been interesting to me, because I have also suffered from a hormone imbalance that has caused years of bleeding. So, I can relate to this woman’s suffering. I can also relate to this verse. I have seen doctors, chiropractors, natural paths, consulted many types of healers, so to speak. Yet, I like this woman, have never been completely healed. In fact, there have been times when I have thought I was healed and then the condition has returned again. So, like this woman I am learning there is only one healer. One hope. YEshua.
I am going to reach out to Him and pray that I will have the faith that she had. I think that is the biggest problem with healing today. We don’t believe. We don’t truly believe. And when we do believe someone comes along and tricks us into unbelief again.
I will close with this.
5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But he must ask in faith, without doubting, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
I do NOT want to be double minded . I want to place all my faith in YHVH God and His wisdom and power.
A Biblical response to sickness and diseases is FAITH in the creator of your body. It is prayer with thanksgiving to Him alone. May He bless us with wisdom and knowledge. MAy He grant us strength and long life. Amen