Question – if someone is sick, who sinned? taught by Pastor Don Moore

Question – if someone is sick who sinned? Taught by Pastor Don Moore

Notes from Bible study 7/5/13

Someone asked about if sickness is sin related. Pastor Don answered.

When someone disagrees, look at the facts, don’t attach character, relationship with Jesus, or motivation to the discussion for that will cloud out the truth.

John 9:1-2 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

In the Jewish culture, they believed any sickness or infirmity is caused by sin, that the power of sin was so great to cause a person to be born blind. They were over-focused on causality.

Science runs through the carnality of the mind of man.

The disciples were asking a broad question and they had wisdom enough to ask Jesus for an answer.

John 9:3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.

Notice the comma …nor his parents sinned (comma) but that….  There is a break in the thought. Sin is not the issue. People answer the question through a failure of a belief system, but that is not what the Word says. The parents are out of the question. The son is out of the question. What matters is that the works of God are revealed in him.

This does not mean God made the guy blind so Jesus could heal him. So how?

John 9:4 I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.

There is an urgency – night is coming and no one can work when it is night. Jesus must do the work of God, bringing light into darkness and healing those who are sick.

No Scripture says God goes around and causes birth defects so Jesus can heal them.

The work of the Father is revealed – the work of the Father is to heal, not to make people blind.

We read verse 4 in the Amplified.

John 9:4 AMP We must work the works of Him Who sent Me and be busy with His business while it is daylight; night is coming on, when no man can work. 

When people pray and are not healed, they carry an emotional load, and that leans toward what they believe instead of what Jesus said.

Notice it does not say “I” (Jesus) must work, but rather WE. This is said to whomever wants to do the work of the Father in faith.

The causal aspect of blindness was not Jesus’ focus. The cause is not the concern. Revealing the Father, fixing it, pushing back the darkness and night were Jesus’ concerns.

If belief in results and output is greater, why focus on the causal? The only time to be concerned about cause is if there is resistance to the healing power.

Jesus rebuilt the man’s vision no matter what the cause.

We looked back at John 9:3-4 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.

What is said in verse four is reflected in verse three. A problem can arise when we try to attach purpose to a situation. Some people glorify their sickness because of a misinterpretation of Scripture. They say things like I’m sick for the glory of God. Or I’m sick so God can heal me and get glory.  Well – No – God gets greater glory if you are healthy and doing His Kingdom work. And being a good sick patient and cheerful is good, but God would get greater glory if you were miraculously healed.

God did not make the man sick so that He could get glory healing the man in the future. The devil is the source of sickness, disease, and death. The devil made the man blind. But God healed the man defeating the devil’s plan and getting glory.

If we get wrong theology in our head we end up blaming Jesus for what the devil did.  This gives people a picture of God as a bad father.

Yes, God will chastise, test, and challenge us, but He doesn’t destroy us in the process.

It is not a sin issue when someone is born with a birth defect.

Be careful what we attribute to God. If we are clumsy and fall off the porch, don’t blame God.

God wants mankind to have free will to give Him control.

In an aside, Pastor Don said a rabbi told him there were forty Psalms that people sing the right melody to. (Heather’s comment – wish I knew which ones)

When faced with a situation ask: is God in this? Do I have a peace in this? If the yoke is hard and the burden is not easy, it is not of God. Leave your circumstance with God, thank Him for doing it through you, and walk in obedience.

Malachi 4:1-3 “For behold, the day is coming,
 burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. 
And the day which is coming shall burn them up,”
 says the Lord of hosts,
 “that will leave them neither root nor branch. But to you who fear My name
 The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
 with healing in His wings; 
and you shall go out 
and grow fat like stall-fed calves. You shall trample the wicked,
 for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet
 on the day that I do this,”
 says the Lord of hosts.

Jesus comes with healing in His wings.  Pastor Don illustrated how the prayer shawl has tallit (knotted strings representing the laws and the commandments) hanging from the corners. The woman with the issue of blood reached out to touch the hem of his garment – that tallit.  If you put a prayer shawl over your head and close it in front of you, you have your prayer closet. If you spread your arms wide while wearing a prayer shawl it looks like wings.

God gives us an anointing for the time we are living in. He is not shocked by what is gong on in the world or in the Body of Christ. Fear not.

Have a blessed day.

Heather

 

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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