The Origin of Sickness & Disease
Sin, sickness, disease, and death entered into this world with the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden. Adam, a perfect being, who knew no sin; ultimately sinned against God and plunged mankind into sin, darkness and death.
And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work in it and to keep it (#08104, shamar – to keep, guard, observe, give heed, keep watch, protect, preserve). 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat of it, for in the day you eat from it you will surely die. —Genesis 2:16-17
NOTE: Adam is often spoken of unkindly for his sin against God and allowing Satan to become the ruler of this world; ruling over both worldly kingdoms and the sinful nature of man. Eve was the one beguiled or tricked into disobeying God, but it was Adam who had the authority. And when Adam chose to violate God’s commandment, authority is exactly what was given to the Devil. But is that all there is to the story? No. Let’s dig a little deeper.
Adam was the first of his kind. He was perfect. He was as close to being like God as God wanted him to be. If God is love, then it stands to reason that Adam would have been a loving person. Adam would have understood the concept of love more so than any other person who would come after him—except Jesus. Adam’s capacity for love and compassion would have been at the highest level in the history of mankind. Because God created him, and he was perfect. Jesus was also created perfect. He had not earthly father and so the sin of mankind did not pass to Him. He was born of a virgin.
Let’s look at some similarities between Adam and Jesus. Adam was the first man, the first living soul. Jesus was the last Adam, and He became a life-giving spirit.
The first man is of the earth, made of earth; the second man is from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, so are those also what are earthy; and as the heavenly, so are those that are heavenly. 49 And as we have born the image of the earthy, we shall all bear the image of the heavenly. —1 Corinthians 15:47-49
Therefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death reigned through sin, and so death passed to all men, because all sinned. 13 For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Moreover, death refined from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the same manner as the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who is to come. —Romans 5:12-14
Adam’s capacity for love would have been second only to God’s capacity to love.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. —John 3:16
So, if Adam was very much like God and was capable of compassion and love to the highest degree; and Jesus was the second Adam and His love for us is unfathomable; and Jesus died for his bride; isn’t it possible that the first Adam did the same thing—died for his bride?
Husbands, love your wife, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave Himself for her… —Ephesians 5:25
Did Adam choose to die for his bride? Adam, the first man, capable of the greatest of love and affection, saw that his bride, after her failure with the temptation in the Garden of Eden, was different. Her nature had changed. Could it be that Adam plunged all of mankind into darkness because of the love he had for his bride? It wasn’t possible for Adam to have just made a mistake and handed over all of creation to God’s adversary, just because he wasn’t thinking or had a bad day. Adam was made perfect – he didn’t make mistakes. Adam sinned out of the love he had for his bride, and God sent His son to die on a cross for the sin of all mankind.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone that loves is born of God, and knows God. 8 He that does not love, does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us because God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. —1 John 4:7-9
With that event Satan became the ruler of this world. That one event caused God’s creation no longer enjoy only knowing good; but as a result of the fall man now knew both good and evil. This went on for about 2,560 years until the Law of Moses was given.
With the Law of Moses came regulations and rules which God commanded be followed. This was the Law of Moses which was given by God on Mt. Sinai. This is where the Ten Commandments, the two tablets of stone, were also given. Following the commands of God resulted in blessings on the person, the family and the possessions of the obedient Israelite. Failure to follow the commands of God resulted in curses, a very lengthy recitation of curses, most notably the curse of sickness and disease.
This does not mean that sickness and disease did not exist prior to Moses giving the people of Israel the Law; it simply means that now sickness, disease, and other calamities would be tied to the failure to follow the commands of God. An entire sacrificial system was create by God to maintain these new commands from God, as well as sacrifices to be offered to God in the event of the failure to follow His commands. God knew that there would be failures, but He instituted these sacrifices which would serve to cover the sin of the individual.
This is where Jesus comes in. With the giving of the Law, sin was now imputed to mankind. If you sinned against God and broke one of His commands, you were required to offer a sacrifice to atone for your sin—to cover your sin. This original sin of Adam was so devastating that it resulted in the surrender of all mankind to the rule of Satan.
If you read the Old Testament you recognize that while God is a God of love, He is also a God of rules and laws. With the falling of mankind by the actions of Adam, mankind was cursed. What possible price could be paid to restore that relationship that Adam had with God? The answer is the death of the sinless Son of God. Jesus is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. He is the Second Adam. And what Adam surrendered to Satan, Jesus took back by dying on Calvary’s cross for the sin of all mankind. His offering did not cover our sin, it removed it.
Satan comes but for to kill, steal, and destroy. Jesus came that we might have life more abundantly. —John 10:10
What person would believe for one minute that God could even imagine sending sickness or disease on His children in order to teach them some kind of a lesson. God is not capable of doing that. Look at the example of Job.
to be continued….