Just the name Bubonic Plague, also called the Black Death, is enough to strike fear in the hearts of men. History tells us the plague supposedly first reared its ugly head in an epidemic in 1650 B.C. then again in 430 B.C. but there is no real information about those plagues.
The Black Death then made an appearance during the sixth century. It named the Plague of Justinian, after the emperor who ruled during the Byzantine period. It was named after Emperor Justinian I.
Justinian contracted the disease but is said to have survived due to extensive treatment. Historians tell us the Black Death killed roughly 25 million people in the Roman Empire alone. However, many historians claim those figures are inflated.
In the spring of 542, the Black Death is said to have arrived in Constantinople. It worked its way from port city to port city, eventually reaching Asia Minor, Greece and Italy. In the Late Middle Ages (1340–1400) this time the Black Death is said to have originated in or near China and the estimated number of deaths is said to be at 100 million. It spread from there into Italy and throughout Europe and is said to have been the deadliest disease outbreak in Western history.
During this epidemic, it’s said that the Black Death killed a third of the population. The common belief is that the outbreak of the plague resulted in society becoming more violent because the mass mortality rate diminished the value of life. Therefore, it’s said there was an increase in warfare, crime, popular revolt, waves of flagellants, and persecution.
From 1647 until 1925, there was 12 serious outbreaks of the plague throughout different countries in the world. From 1900-1925, Australia had 17 major outbreaks of the Bubonic Plague. Is it any wonder that the Black Death has long been feared by mankind?
In June of this year it was reported that Bubonic Plague dogs caused a ‘Black Death’ scare in New Mexico. It was also reported yesterday July 26, that a squirrel tested positive for the plague in California. This scare prompted the closure of a campground in Southern California’s Angeles National Park. The squirrel was trapped on July 16.
There’s no doubt that finding the Black Death in these dogs and squirrel that it’s probably got folks pretty frightened. However, for the Christian we should have no fear of something like this. Now that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t use wisdom if we come across things of this serious nature.
First of all, for the Christian, the word of God says in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Therefore, we don’t need to live in fear because God is with us. This is not to say bad things don’t happen to the children of God, it does mean that we should not live in fear of anything.
Secondly the Christian has God’s assurance when it concerns healing. Isaiah 53:5 says, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”
Isaiah 58:8 says, “Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.”
All of us know that we are not immune from sicknesses and diseases. Things can happen to our bodies that cause them to breakdown and sometimes we can be seriously disabled by them. Any part of our bodies can get hit with some type of illness and sometime they can be terminal.
However, we have an all-powerful God who has the power to fully heal us from any specific ailment that might strike us down. He desires to heal us but we have to learn how to properly approach him through our prayers. We have to know how to build our faith to receive the healing that is available to us as Christians.
One of the ways to build our faith in order to have his healing power manifest in our lives is to meditate on his promises that deal with this issue. Meditating on his word means we memorize it and then we speak it over ourselves. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”
There will undoubtedly be some who are skeptical about the healing power that God possesses. An article from Christianity Today deals with this specific question, When God Doesn’t Heal. An important point to remember when we see that God doesn’t seem to be honoring his word is from the previous mentioned article which says:
God does not always respond to our desires, and he frequently allows circumstances we wish he would not. Theologically we call this sovereignty. Inherent in our faith is the scriptural truth that God is in control.
This includes the events he directs and the circumstances he allows. He has the power and responsibility to exercise his right over creation according to his will (Ps. 50:1 Ps. 115:3).
Despite the fact of whether we receive a healing or not, we still need to depend on him. We can’t allow any circumstance or situation to keep us apart from God. Paul gives us a prime example concerning God not “removing a thorn in his flesh.”
That example is found in 2 Corinthians 12:9 and it says, “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Whether we receive our healing or not, we must keep on trusting, believing, seeking and depending on God. We never know who is watching to see what we do while enduring any form of hardship. Our faith during those trying times might just be the thing that brings them to Jesus.
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