An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Sick of It

(Psa 91:3 KJV)  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

(Proverbs 5 also read)

Three times in this chapter there is reference to death by disease.  Here and in verse 6 we have “pestilence” (1698) and in verse 10 you have “plague” (5061).  This deadly threat was something that people lived with on a daily basis in ancient times.  Gradually we have learned to deal with them.  Antibiotic treatments were a big breakthrough.  Yet the general population is still in dread.  We saw how easy it was to produce panic with the manipulation of the information on Covid.

As I glanced through the ways that “pestilence” was used I noticed that it was often a tool used by God on enemies of His people and even on Israel when they lived in disobedience.  Our modern sensitivity compels us to ignore this fact.  Even Jesus at one point said that a man was not ill because of his sin or his parents failures.  At the same time when you look at the people who actually contacted covid and were pushed over the edge, most of them had what were called co-morbidities such as diabetes, lung issues or heart disease.  What is interesting is that those are often caused by life style choices, not always, but often.

So?  It makes a difference how we live.  This is an area that we are not to condemn.  It doesn’t really help someone to tell their survivors that they ate themselves to death.  At the same time it is a warning bell for us with the many “pleasures” we embrace.  The call is to live an upright life.

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