Healthy Living

Law of Clean & Unclean Part II

Happy Thursday y’all! Hope you are having a great week. We are still getting rain, but nothing like our neighbors in Louisiana where they are experiencing extensive flooding. It’s very sad. I believe our Mississippi Gulf Coast also experienced flooding. So, keep all the flood victims in your prayers.
The rain is drowning our garden. We’ve lost some plants to water and some to bugs brought on by the water. I picked 2 perfect tomatoes from my garden yesterday. I have several more coming on if they do not get too much water. My plants still look good.
On Tuesday, we planted Kale, broccoli, radish, tomato, carrot seeds. I have them in containers for now. I plan to plant them as my Fall garden. I already have carrots in the ground. Someone told me to leave them there for a year. I read somewhere else to harvest them after fifty to seventy-five days. If you have advice, leave me a comment or shoot me an email.
I want to finish the discussion of the Law of clean and unclean that I started last week. This week I want to focus more on hygiene. In Moses’ day practicing advanced hygiene was as essential to optimal health as diet and exercise. This is a system that had its roots in a plan that God laid out for the Israelites four thousand years ago. It was as clear as the laws on clean and unclean meats. In this plan God instructed them to avoid certain situations where they were likely to encounter germs. Sections of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy outline laws that protected the Israelites from communicable diseases.
They were told to avoid touching dead bodies, keep corpses away from where they lived, properly dispose of their solid waste, and clean their hands, utensils, and clothing in running water instead of stagnant water in a bowl. In addition, women were given guidelines to follow during menstruation, and the adults were presented with rules for sexual conduct, which condemned same sex activity, promiscuity, and sexual contact between humans and animals.

Prior to receiving these laws, the Israelites had lived side by side for four centuries with the Egyptians, who we have already discussed were the world’s most advanced people of their time. The Egyptians even had their own medical books, and their doctor’s little black bags contained medicines like mouse tails, cat hair, pig eyes, dog toes, breast milk, eel eyes, and goose guts. Notice that most of this would have been unclean to the Israelites under the Law. Egyptian practitioners ideas about treating medical ailments ranged from pouring worm’s blood on splinters, to packing donkey dung on open wounds. These two practices would have been anathema to the Israelites.

After Moses communicated God’s law for hygiene, Hebrew people were forbidden from consuming the blood of animals or coming into contact with the solid waste of animals and humans. The Israelites may not have known it at the time, but God’s laws of hygiene were for their own good. God promised good health to His chosen people if they followed His principles (Exodus 15:26).

“And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed” (Genesis 17:12). Even the details of circumcision were precise and specifically given for a reason. According to Jordan Rubin, “Blood clotting agents are lowest in newborns between the second and fifth days of life. Vitamin K, the natural blood clotting agent, begins to build up after five to seven days of breast feeding” (Rubin: The Great Physician’s Rx for Health & Wellness). God knew this and instructed circumcision to take place on the eighth day. God doesn’t miss anything! His plan is perfect! According to Jordan Rubin, “Dr Russell said, ‘The foreskin provides a warm moist area for harmful bacteria to grow'” (Rubin: The Great Physician’s Rx for Health & Wellness). So God’s command for males to be circumcised, stemed from His loving concern for proper hygiene.

There are more than six hundred health regulations in Leviticus alone, but not a single current medical misconception. God’s principles of hygiene protected the Israelites from germs and disease centuries before mankind had any idea what they were facing. We do not need the “Affordable Care Act.” We just need to go back to the Bible and get our “act” together according to God’s health plan.

I hope these excerpts from my dissertation have helped you. It was an eye opener to me when doing the research. My dissertation is over fifty pages in length, so we may revisit other topics in it as it relates to Biblical health.

For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! ☺️

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