Sickness is an issue that runs through the pages of scripture. The physical illnesses of Miriam, Haaman, Job, and others are described in both the Old and New Testaments. In Numbers chapter 12 we see Miriam became a leper. Read the Book of Job and you see Job coming down with severe health problems. He suffered boils, itching, disfigurement, loss of appetite, severe depression, broken skin, sunken eyes, bad breath, and was in constant pain. In the New testament in Chapter 8 of Matthew, we see Christ supreme over nature. In Mark, Chapter 5, we see ministry of healing. The Book of Acts records how the early church cared for those with physical illnesses.
The biblical emphasis on physical illness points to some conclusions.
1. Sickness is a part of life. Few people, if any, go through life without experiencing at least periodic illness The Bible makes no attempt to diagnose, but it does mention symptoms in passing and refers directly or indirectly to alcoholism, blindness,boils, deafness, dysentery, epilepsy, fever, hemorrhaging, indigestion, inflammations, insanity, leprosy, palsy, and a number of other illnesses. It is assumed that sickness is an expected part of life in this world. Read the rest of this entry »