The devil seems to have a big part in some people’s lives.
Since they see the devil as the sole mover and shaker of this world, the one to be blamed for pretty much every “bad” thing that happens in their lives, they take absolutely no responsibility whatsoever for anything.
At the wake of coronavirus, they ask: Okay. Tell me! So, is coronavirus from God or from the devil?
The answer seems as simple as the question (at least for them) and their conclusion in life follows the same suit. And their doctrine, set of belief about life in general, is also as simple as saying a,b,c.: All good and beautiful things such as “gold and money” come from God and bad things such as coronavirus is from the devil.
And the solution for any bad thing is as simple as their doctrine: Rebuke the devil, the source of the bad! Finito!
Don’t you love that, I mean, from a simplicity point of view? I think I do.
But from a biblical point of view, eer!
The Bible says,
“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:13-14
My favorite word from the above passage is:
“I” – who is that? The I AM! The Sovereign LORD! (Exodus 3:14)
“When I shut up the heavens, – – – or command the locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people”
Don’t you love that? I do, very much so! (Knowing that the hands of my heavenly Father are primarily and heavily involved in the history of this planet quietens my soul.)
When we, who are called by God’s name, turn from our wicked ways, God hears our prayers and heal our land.
While coronavirus is now shaking our planet from every side, what we need to do, in addition to washing our hands and staying in our homes until we are told to do otherwise, is to confess our sins and turn from our wicked ways and repent of not only our sins but also the sins of others.
God called us in His name so we become intercessors, priests, for others who may not know God. (1 Peter 2:9)
So, at this critical time, let’s stop the joke of “let’s rebuke the angel of death,” and get to work as the word of God tells us.
I think this idea of rebuking the angel of death comes from the story recorded in the Book of Exodus chapter 12. While the angel of death was killing the first born of every Egyptian household, the same angel was passing over the house of every Israelite. Why? The angel of death received orders from God, the I AM, to do what he was told to do. (You can read the whole story in the Book of Exodus).
That story happened there and it ended there.
I am not sure how people bring a doctrine out of that story and make people believe that death is happening because someone is not rebuking the angel of death enough. This is so sad!
No wonder some people are shouting their lungs out these days rebuking the angel of death!
And it seems like this kind of doctrine is selling well all over Africa. Why? I am not really sure.
My friends, please, let’s read and study the Bible and apply the truth of God into our lives correctly. Let’s get a right biblical guidance as to how to read, interpret and apply the truth of the Bible into our lives. If we tend to follow those mystical teachings, we always keep on hitting dead ends at every juncture of life because mysticism is not biblical.
I personally use these resources to help me read and understand the Bible: Enduring Word, Ligonier Ministries and Grace to You Ministries. Please share these resources with others as well. ///