MembersWhat the Bible Says to Us in Times of Corona

by Avner Boskey

All have fallen short of His glory, but there is a way out of this

Jewish women pray in capsules at the Women's section of the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

People respond to this pandemic in very human ways. Usually, people acknowledge the verifiable events. Immediately after that, fierce arguments break out as to the real meaning of these events.

The stark realities of this pandemic are unsettling for many people. Reactions include declaring that huge conspiracies are at work, blaming supposedly deliberate plots by China, the CIA or Israel’s Mossad for the spread of the virus. Others deny that the pandemic is even a problem and assert that the whole thing is a manipulative ruse by politicians attempting to shore up their own rule.

 

Where is God in all this?

Only an omniscient God knows exactly how many people will be touched by this virus and to what extent. The Bible’s perspective is stunningly reflected in the Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) rabbinic prayer ‘Unetana tokef’ which declares that God is both good and sovereign in all these events:

“And You shall apportion the destinies of all Your creatures...

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