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Defending God’s Honor
Why does GOD get blamed for everything? I hear so many people say, "Well, everything happens for a reason." Maybe it's because of the man born blind in John 9, and when Jesus' disciples asked Him "Rabbi (meaning Teacher) who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
Jesus answered, "Neither one, but that the works of GOD
should be revealed in him.”
People commonly assumed that disease and disorders on both the personal and national level were due to sin, as summarized in the rabbinic saying from around A.D. 300 that "there is no death without sin and there is no suffering without iniquity" (b. Shabbat 55a).
Exodus 20:5 You shall not bow down to their gods and worship them nor serve them, for I , the Lord your GOD am a jealous GOD, visiting the iniquity (wickedness; evil; sin) of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me; but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
What about the man Jesus asked, “Do you WANT to be made well?” John 5:6 Jesus would not have healed him if he would rather get a check in the mail every month, than he would to be well; or if he would rather be recognized by people who pitied him, than he would for Jesus to heal him.
You many think that absurd, but I had a woman tell me not to pray for healing for her, “Because” she said, “my husband will make me get a job if I get healed.” Now isn’t that SAD! The woman suffered greatly and hollered out often from the pain in her spine and legs and neck, and on-lookers might think, “Why doesn’t GOD heal her? O well, things happen for a reason” they may say. Yes, it’s for a reason, but it isn’t GOD’s fault.
Now, just because someone isn’t well doesn’t mean they don’t want to be. Some people don’t feel worthy of a touch from GOD and need you or I to reveal His love for them to them; others are reading/saying aloud healing Scriptures from GOD’s Word every day since “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of GOD.” Still, there are some who haven’t learned that yet (so don’t you dare be critical), and others who are suffering consequences from their sin or someone else’s. I was asked to, and visited a teenage boy once who was paralyzed from the neck down due to an accident that occurred when he was 9 years old: Someone said his mean Step-Dad was after him to abuse him and the boy ran toward a lake, down the pier and off of it into too shallow a water. Someone could pray in faith for the boy who was now 19 years of age, and Jesus heal the boy. Spectators might say, “All this happened that the Lord may be glorified” but that isn’t true. It happened because of a mean man and a boy who was afraid; but Jesus had compassion on him and healed him. The accident was not GOD’s fault, nor was it His plan!
Just wanted to defend GOD’s honor this morning! Hope this helps!
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