SYLVIA BAPTIST CHURCH
SYLVIA BAPTIST CHURCH
Thursday, April 02, 2020
BUILDING ON FAITH

Sermon Outline

                                      
 

Why The Plague?”

Deuteronomy  29:14-29

As Christians, we must frame this pandemic or plague in the context of the Bible and our faith in a Sovereign God

The Coronavirus is a “plague”. Definition of plague is, “A widespread disease with a high mortality rate”. There have been plagues that have hit people and nations since early Bible times. They use to call them plagues but now they call them viruses. But they are plagues. Knowing the why’s may not stop the plague but I believe that it will help to alleviate a lot of fears and anxiety for at least Christians who believe in God and believe the Bible. Plague or plagues is mentioned 107 times in the Bible. Most in the Old testament and in different contexts. Some sicknesses were called plagues. Sometimes it only involved one person. Sometimes it involved an entire nation. As Christians we must respond in knowledge, faith and trust. There are 3 things that help me in dealing with this plague that has invaded our nation and the world.

I. The Power Of God

We have to start with an understanding that God is Sovereign. He is Omnipotent. Absolutely nothing and I mean nothing happens without God’s consent.

              a. God may have allowed this plague.

              He allowed Satan to test Job.

              He allowed Satan to humble Paul (2 Cor. 12:7).

              b. God may have sent this plague (v.22).

c. Either way, it came from God. And only God can stop it. He may use human method or He may intervene. But we need to understand that until God decides to remove it, man’s efforts are in vain.

II. The Purpose Of God (Ex. 9:16; Prov. 16:4; Isa. 14:24; Jere. 23:20; Rom. 8:28)

a. That the world will know that there is a God in Heaven (Dan. 2:27-28).

b. So that God’s people will repent. I believe if enough of us as God’s people would begin confessing our sins and repenting, it might stop this plague.

              c. That the righteous will be made stronger (Job 23:10).

III. The Providence Of God (Ex. 8:8-10)

              a. He has the power to remove the plague.

b. He has the power to protect from the plague (Ex. 11:6-7) The ironic attitude I have heard from may religious leaders (not their words but what they are saying through actions) “God cannot protect a Christian from the plague and even death if they attend church to worship and pray, but He can protect them if they stay home”.

 

              c. He has the power to heal from the plague (Nu. 21:6-9)