On November 11, 2020 the UK passed 50,000 deaths from Covid-19. Globally over 1.2 million people from 191 regions or countries have died. There have been more than 52 million cases of the coronavirus pandemic already.
Whenever the plague came upon the people in the Old Testament, it was always due to sin. The ten plagues came to Egypt when pharaoh refused to acknowledge or obey God’s command to release his people who were unjustly enslaved and oppressed. Each time, Moses prayed and the plague would resolve until the tenth one.
In the wilderness the plague came when the people of Israel worshiped idols (a gold calf). “Then the Lord sent a plague on the people, because they made the calf, the one that Aaron made.” Exodus 32:35 ESV
The plague also came in the wilderness when they were grumbling against God in their demands for meat and a return to slavery in Egypt. Moses made a bronze serpent and they looked up, shifted focus and were saved (Numbers 11).
Aaron intervened to stop a plague after the people rebelled against God and Aaron’s leadership, against God’s choice of Aaron for the priesthood.
“So Aaron took it as Moses said and ran into the midst of the assembly. And behold, the plague had already begun among the people. And he put on the incense and made atonement for the people. And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stopped.” Numbers 16:47-48 ESV
David sinned by organising a self appointed census, having been warned not to do so. The plague came and David prayed and offered up sacrifices in the field of Ornan the Jebusite (1 Chronicles 21:26-27).
Phinehas intervened (see Psalm 106:30) to halt a plague which came because the Israelites worshiped Baal instead of worshipping the living God. The Israelites were breaking their agreement with God and instead followed prostitution and the practices of the Midianites which were in direct opposition to God’s instructions for them. (See Numbers 25).
We as a people need to seek God’s face and intervene on behalf of our nation again. We have sinned, the nations have turned away from the living God and we can pray and ask for his forgiveness, his mercy, his compassion to stay the plague, to heal our land.
‘’if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land’’. 2 Chronicles 7:14
“The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk,”Revelation 9:20 ESV