Updated: Apr 18, 2019
There is a very common teaching out there that claims that God makes People sick. People will take and quote scriptures from the old testament and not go into a deep study of the words and conclude that at face value it says God makes them sick, so God makes them sick. These same people will then say Jesus paid the price for our healing and we can now receive his healing, but he still makes us sick. That Contradicts what we are taught by Isaiah and Peter that states we are/were healed by his stripes. This doctrine is not right and will make people think that God wants people sick when he doesn't.
In the Old Testament, it says in English God makes people mute. What it actually translates as is I, Yahweh, cause speechlessness. This same word is used in Psalm 39:9 when David says he is speechless using the same word that Exodus used to describe God as making a person mute. An example of this in the new testament is in Luke 1:22 where it says Zechariah was unable to speak. God didn't afflict him with a sickness, he bound his tongue and left him speechless. In Deuteronomy 28:21 you see where it says God will plague you with diseases. The word for pestilence or disease is speaking of a type of disease the attacks cattle, It's called Murrain. Even the word for pestilence comes from the word dabar in Hebrew which means to speak, talk to, or words. It indicates that God will speak a curse to be released to you that will attack your cattle or just plainly a curse he will speak over you. This curse enables the enemy to attack.
The word for cling to is untranslatable so that is speculative of meaning cling to, but it has its origin from the word eth in Hebrew meaning a sign. So it says that "God will cling to you a sign, a sickness that will follow you, or attack your cattle until you are (here's the eth again) a sign to the land you are going to possess. This analogy will also line up with the next verse that states God will strike you with consumption. We tend to think of Consumption as a wasting away disease which is a sickness, but the origin of the word in Hebrew actually means emaciation. So if he is actually attacking you with a plague that kills your cattle, then it makes sense that you would be emaciated and malnourished. The result of not eating results in fever, confusion, disorientation,
weakness, poor mood, and increase in illness and infection.
We see through the old Testament that whenever something bad happens to so someone and they get sick, or they are attacked and all of their possessions are taken, that it was an enemy spirit that was assigned to do this. For instance, Job was afflicted with sickness, not by God but by Satan. Job's family was killed, his cattle destroyed, his house destroyed all by Satan, not God. Hmmm... His cattle was destroyed and he was afflicted by sickness, certainly sounds like what everyone claims that God is doing in Deuteronomy. Even in Job 33:19 It doesn't actually say that God speaks by making a person sick. It says that they are judged, or appointed. A judgment is a rendered verdict, and if it came from God then the enemy has the ability to attack a person because of it.
Deuteronomy 28:22 says I will defeat you with fever, inflammation, severe burning, sword, scorching, and Mildew and THEY shall pursue you until you perish. Since the MO of the devil is to steal, kill, and destroy then it is fairly evident that by sinning against God it causes God to allow the enemy to attack a person. This shows me that sickness actually comes from the enemy because it steals, kills, and destroys which is the opposite of God.
I mean, maybe you can show me a name of God that calls him The God that makes you sick? It's not there because it is not in his nature to make someone sick. It says in Revelation 2:22 that he will throw her into a sickbed and those who lay with her into tribulation. It doesn't actually translate as sickbed, it says bed, to cause to recline. It is commonly associated with a sickbed but a bed is a bed regardless of if you are sick or not.
Also, if you look at the verses that speak of people being on a "bed" and being infirmed with sickness it typically is followed by healing or a demon being cast out. In this case, Jesus is turning over Jezebel to a reprobate mind. In this Sense, it identifies what Jesus is actually doing is handing them over, or more accurately, he is thoroughly disgusted by her wickedness and he is throwing her over to her depravity by casting her out of the church and causing great tribulation on anyone that follows her into the sin she is leading His body of believers into.
In Exodus 15:26 is also misquoted. It says that God will not assign sickness that I assigned to Egypt to you. It is not saying that God caused them to be sick, or desires for them to be sick. What is being said is that if you sin sickness will come you on an assignment. It would be contradictory for God to say that he is God who heals in the same verse that men are translating as I am God who makes you sick. God allows sickness to come upon people in the old testament but that wasn't his will, it was a punishment for sin. Saying that God WANTS to punish sin with sickness (which is the embryonic stage of death) is the same as saying God WANTS someone to go to hell. That is contradictory to what John 3:16 says.
If you actually take the time to do some research, (don't worry I did it for you), you will find that whenever a plague hits a land, cattle is destroyed, crops are destroyed children are destroyed it is the result of the enemy acting on sin that has been unchecked and un-repented. Look at Exodus 12:23, " When the LORD goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the door frame and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down. It was not God that even killed the first born, it was the destroyer which actually translates as the corrupt one, the spoiled one.
In Malachi 3:11 we read in English that it says God will prevent pests from eating your crops. What it actually says in Hebrew is I, God, Will rebuke the coming devouerer so that the destroyer will not destroy your crops, nor shall he bereave you (which means to kill children, or cause miscarriage), and your fields shall bear fruit. Once again, we see that it's not God, nor is it his will to destroy anything, to kill anyone (especially babies), but it is actually the enemy that comes and does these things.
Again we see in Deuteronomy 7:15 that the sickness that was put on a person, or a land was assigned by God but Not God that was making them sick. It was the enemy that was sent to them as the result of sinning. You have to change the way you are thinking to line up with the word of God. What causes people to get sick is coming out of agreement with the word of God (which is a sin) and allows the enemy to attack you. It still happens in this day and age where you see people getting sick that are Christians and they come into agreement with sickness claiming that is their sickness, their diabetes, their cancer, their disorder, etc. It is not theirs. If it is theirs then they should tell it to leave and get rid of it because if you own something then it implies that you have total authority over it. John 9:3 people typically attribute this to saying that God caused a sickness for his glory, that is wrong. 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him."
Jesus rebukes people for accusing God of causing sickness. In the actual translation the phrase “this happened so that” is not in the original Greek. The Greek just says hina (“that” or “let”). What is actually being said is Let manifest the Glory of God. You see the word Phaneroo used in 1 John 3:8 describing the manifestation of the Son of God who is also the radiance of God's Glory (Hebrews 1:3) and for the manifestations of the Spirit in Corinthians 12. What was actually said in Greek was, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but let the works of God's Glory be made manifest in HIm."
In order to really grasp the importance of accurately translating that scripture you need to look at 1 John 3:8, "The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work." The Greek word appeared is Phaneroo. The reason Jesus was made manifest was to destroy the work of the devil. Since we have established that it is the work of the enemy that is causing a person to be sick, then we can be certain that it is God's will to heal you and never his will to make you sick. It is the enemy of God that is causing sickness, it is NOT GOD! Get a hold of that. Now you should know that it is never God's will for you or anyone else to be sick, and it is not God that is making you sick. Your prayers for the sick should be completely transformed from here on out.