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Suffering and sickness in the Holy Bible – Part 15

By Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide
13 February 2022   |   2:42 am
The Lord will make the plague cling to you until He has consumed you. 22The Lord will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with a severe burning fever,

Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide

“The Lord will make the plague cling to you until He has consumed you. 22The Lord will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with a severe burning fever, with the sword, with scorching, and with mildew; they shall pursue you until you perish. 27The Lord will strike you with the boils of Egypt, with tumors, with the scab, and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed.

28. The Lord will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of heart. 29And you shall grope at noonday, as a blind man gropes in darkness. 35The Lord will strike you in the knees and on the legs with severe boils which cannot be healed, and from the sole of your foot to the top of your head. 59then the Lord will bring upon you and your descendant’s extraordinary plagues — great and prolonged plagues — and serious and prolonged sicknesses. 60Moreover He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you. 61Also every sickness and every plague, which is not written in this Book of the Law, will the Lord bring upon you until you are destroyed. 62You shall be left few in number, whereas you were as the stars of heaven in multitude because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God.” (Deut. 21,22, 27-29,35,59-62)

Due To Lust/Cravings

Lust: In contemporary usage, a strong craving or desire, especially sexual desire. “Ammon was so distressed over his sister Tamar that he became sick; for she was a virgin. And it was improper for Ammon to do anything with her. 14However, he would not heed her voice; and being stronger than she, he forced her and lay with her. 15Then Amnon hated her exceedingly so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, “Arise, be gone!” (2Sam 13:2,14,15)

Love and lust are very different. After Amnon raped his half-sister, his “love” turned to hate. Although he had claimed to be in love, he was actually overcome by lust. Love is patient; lust requires immediate satisfaction. Love is kind; lust is harsh. Love does not demand its own way; lust does. You can read about the characteristics of real love in 1 Corinthians 13. Lust may feel like love at first, but when physically expressed, it results in self-disgust and hatred of the other person. If you just can’t wait, what you feel is not true love.

Read Numbers 11. God’s response to the complaining people

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