That I might learn Your statutes.
Sickness can be a good thing.
In the fast-paced world in which we live, many times God allows us to get sick to slow us down so we can reprioritize. Sometimes just lying there in agony gives us time to think about what is really important—God’s eternal Word.
God is perfect in everything, including the times we get sick. It’s usually not when we would have planned it, but God always knows best.
. . . God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called . . . —Romans 8:28
. . . Your judgments are righteous,
And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me. —Psalm 119:75
And if we get really, really sick, we can exercise our faith through our church elders:
Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him . . . —James 5:14
God has many promises in the Old Testament that were written to the Jews that I had always taken to mean that they applied to the Church as well. But in studying the Old Testament promises, I found that there are some that are specifically for the Jews in the end times (Ezekiel 36, 37; Jeremiah 31:23-40). Have I been wrong in assuming that promises in the Old Testament also apply to the Church?
Yes, you have been assuming wrong. But you are in good company. There are many well-known Bible teachers, who are probably Christians, who wrongly teach the concept that the Church has inherited God’s promises to the Jewish people. This is referred to as “Replacement Theology.”
Those who believe Replacement Theology believe God finished dealing with Israel at the Cross. They believe that when Jesus comes back, there is no reign of Christ on Earth for a thousand years—even though the Bible specifically says (five times) that He will reign.
Rev. 20:2 . . . bound [Satan] for a thousand years;
Rev. 20:4 . . . reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Rev. 20:5 . . . the thousand years were completed.
Rev. 20:6 . . . reign with Him for a thousand years.
Rev. 20:7 . . . the thousand years are completed,
But realize that there ARE applications in the Old Testament for the Church. Even though we live in a time when the Holy Spirit lives “IN” a saved-by-faith person (versus a time before the Cross when the Holy Spirit did NOT live permanently in a saved-by-faith person), most of God’s principles and many of His promises taught in the O.T. still apply.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness —2 Timothy 3:16
All means all! 🙂
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