Suffering and sickness in the bible – Part 29
Reasons For Believers’ Sickness (Cont)
Open sin within the congregation of God’s people exposes its members to the destructive influence of the enemy from without (e.g., Satan and the world; vv. 4-13).
3• If such sin is tolerated and not corrected, it will result in eventual judgment (v.13). If, however, the sin is exposed; confessed and removed, then God’s blessing, presence and grace return (vv. 22-26; 8:1, 18-19; cf. Acts 4:31― 5:11).
4• Sin among the people of God, therefore, must be regarded with the utmost seriousness. Purity must be guarded and obedience demanded; otherwise, the spiritual development of the congregation will either be stunted or cease altogether (cf. Rev 3:1-3, 14-18). David’s sin of adultery and murder (2 Sm. 11 – 12:1-23)
“So David said to Nathan: “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14: However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die.” 15: And the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and it became ill.”(2 Sm. 12:13, 14, 15).
In A Fallen World, The Innocent Sometimes Suffers
Read 1 Sam 21: David visits Ahimelech; 1 Sam 22: David’s flight continues. Chs. 21-22 records David’s flight from Saul and his failure to trust God completely. In an attempt to save his life, David lied (v.2), sought refuge among the ungodly Philistines (vv. 10-15) and indirectly caused the death of the priests and many others (22:11-23; cf. Ps 52). By resorting to deception, David failed to commit his life unconditionally to the Lord and His protection.
“And the king said to Doeg, “You turn and kill the priests!” So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck the priests, and killed on that day eighty-five men who wore a linen ephod.” (1 Sam 22:18). “He…slew on that day eighty-five men.” Doeg the Edomite did what Saul’s guards were unwilling to do because of their fear of God (v.17). Doeg killed God’s ministers and other innocent men, women and children.
In a fallen world, the innocent sometimes suffer unjustly. God’s people should not be alarmed when they suffer at the hands of evil people. In this life, we will experience tribulation (Acts 14:22), but in the life to come we will receive the abundant blessing that far exceeds our present suffering and agonies (Rom 8:18-39).
David’s sin of unauthorised census (1 Chr. 21) “Now Satan stood up against Israel and moved David to number Israel. 7: And God was displeased with this thing; therefore He struck Israel … 14: So the Lord sent a plague upon Israel, and seventy thousand men of Israel fell.” (1 Chr. 21:1, 7, 14)
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