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Health/Hygiene Laws

Today's readings contain a bunch of unpleasant discussions regarding sores and boils and mildew, oh my. And there is more where this came from! We'll be reading about bodily discharges tomorrow! I'm not able to make a whole lot of sense out of these laws. Clearly, some had practical applications and were intended to prevent the spread of disease to people and property. And in a world before doctors and hospitals, there had to be some means of diagnosing and containing common maladies. The emphasis of each of these laws was on being "clean". Whenever anything happened to make them unclean, they had to be purified. This speaks to the absolute holiness of God and his standards for acceptance. Still, some of the laws, like the one requiring a purification period after childbirth and menstruation, seem odd to me. Those are not contagious conditions, nor are they sinful ones. Why the need for purification? As best I can figure, these laws were given in terms of holiness, not health. He never claims to be instituting these laws for the protection of the people, though we now recognize many of the health benefits of Old Testament regulations. Holiness and health may overlap, but they are not synonymous. There were two situations that caused uncleanness; moral transgression, which caused spiritual uncleanness and required an offering for purification, and ritual uncleanness, which rendered a person ceremonially unclean but required no purification offering. Therefore, whenever the word "unclean" is used, it should not necessarily be read as "sinful".

Tomorrow's reading:Leviticus 14:33-16:34


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Melissa is the mother of four boys and the wife of her junior high sweetheart, JD.  He is the President of Joe Gibbs Racing and the son of NFL Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs.  JD and Melissa have been married 16 years and are actively involved with Young Life, Motor Racing Outreach, their church, and other ministries.  Their youngest son Taylor is nearing completion of a 3 year treatment protocol for leukemia, which has been a powerful faith walk for their family.  Since his diagnosis, Melissa has been called upon to share their family's testimony with many local churches.


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