DEUTERONOMY 28:15-22, 27-29, 35,58-61
“Redemption From the Curse of Sickness
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us. . . . —Galatians 3:13
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law! Before we proceed, let’s look at what the curse of the Law entails.
DEUTERONOMY 28:15–22, 27–29, 35, 58–61
15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
16 Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.
17 Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.
18 Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy
kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
19 Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
20 The Lord shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.
21 The Lord shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.
22 The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish”“27 The Lord will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.
28 The Lord shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:
29 And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee. . . .
35 The Lord shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head. . . .
58 If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD; 59 Then the Lord will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.
60 Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee.
61 Also “every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the Lord bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
We can readily see from these scriptures that sickness is a curse of the Law. The dreadful diseases enumerated here—in fact, every sickness and every disease, according to the 61st verse—are part of the punishment for breaking God’s law.
The King James Version of these scriptures would lead us to believe that God Himself puts sickness and afflictions upon His people, for it reads, “The Lord shall smite
thee. . . .”
Dr. Robert Young, author of Hints to Bible Interpretation, points out that in the original Hebrew, the verb is in the permissive rather than the causative sense. Actually, it should have been translated something like this: “The Lord will allow you to be smitten. . . The Lord will allow these plagues to be brought upon you.”
“Many other verbs were translated in the causative sense in the King James Version. For example, Isaiah 45:7 reads, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.” Does God create evil? No. That would make God a devil. God may permit evil, but He does not create it.
Amos 3:6 in the King James Version declares, “Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it?” If God commits evil, then He has no right whatsoever to judge man for sinning. But God has not done evil; He only permits evil. There is a vast difference between commission and permission.
When King Saul backslid, First Samuel 16:14 says, “The Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him.”
What actually happened was that Saul’s sin broke fellowship with God, and God permitted the evil spirit from the devil to trouble him.
The original Hebrew of these scriptures was in the permissive tense, but because the English language has no “corresponding permissive tense, the verbs were translated in the causative tense.
No, God does not send plagues and sickness upon His people as these verses seem to indicate. God’s Word does not teach that these things come directly from God.
When God’s people broke His commandments, they no longer were under His divine protection. All He could do was permit the devil to bring those afflictions upon them. Their sin and wrongdoing brought those dreadful plagues upon them.
Deuteronomy 28 lists several diseases in the curse of the broken law. Among them are: pestilence, consumption (tuberculosis), fever (including all types, such as typhus, scarlet, typhoid, smallpox and all other eruptive fevers), inflammation, extreme burning, the botch”“of Egypt, emerods, scab (all skin diseases), itch, madness, and blindness.
According to verse 60, we can add to this list “all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of.” And verse 61 makes it all-inclusive: “Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of the law.”
We can conclude from these scriptures that sickness and disease are a part of the curse of the Law—and they should come upon us. But praise God, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law” (Gal. 3:13).
Sickness: Blessing or Curse?
Is sickness a blessing or a curse? God’s Word declares it is a curse. Some people would have you believe God “blesses” His children with sickness and disease. (If He does, I would prefer to let someone else have that “blessing.”) But, according to God’s Word, sickness is a curse, and health is a blessing!
Disease is broken ease. Sickness is pain and suffering. It makes slaves of family and friends who must care for sick loved ones. Disease and sickness are enemies of mankind.
Sickness is a thief and a robber. It has robbed many a young mother of “her health, beauty, and joy. It has robbed her husband of his wife, and has deprived her children of their mother, for she is no longer able to fulfill the duties of a wife and mother.
Disease has robbed many young men, coming upon them in the midst of young manhood, filling them with anxiety and fear, robbing them of faith.
Sickness and disease rob people of happiness, health, and money which is needed for other things.”“Sickness: Is It God’s Will?
Sickness and disease are not the will of God for His people. He does not want a curse to be upon His children because of their disobedience; He wants to bless them with health.
Oh, yes,” some people have said to me, “I believe God was Israel’s Healer under the Old Covenant, and He wanted the children of Israel to have health, but we’re not living under that covenant.”
That’s true. But if the Old Covenant provided for healing and the New Covenant (or Testament) does not, I wonder if the New Covenant is as good as the old? Thank God, the Bible says that the New Covenant is better:
6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a BETTER covenant, which was established upon BETTER promises.
Redeemed From Poverty Sickness and Disease
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