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Ebola, PC, and God's protective laws

Ebola, PC, and God's protective laws

God gave the Israelites many laws. Moses speaks of them as "his commandments and his statutes and his judgments." Among those were laws pertaining to moral living, laws pertaining to the sacrificial system, laws pertaining to civility, and laws pertaining to hygiene.

Of the laws pertaining to hygiene there are two I want to mention today. The first is touching dead things.

    Numbers 19:11 “Whoever touches a human corpse will be unclean for seven days...."

Another refers to the disposal of human waste.

    Deut 23:12 Designate a place outside the camp where you can go to relieve yourself. 13 As part of your equipment have something to dig with, and when you relieve yourself, dig a hole and cover up your excrement.

In another place God tells the Israelites, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.” - Exodus 15:26

In our politically correct modern world we hear so much negativity regarding God's laws. As with many other trite expressions the phrase "legalism" attempts to discredit God's government of His people by casting contempt upon anyone who desires to obey all of God's commands. But does God not have the health and well-being of His people in mind? Does He not suffer with us in all our afflictions? Does it not seem reasonable that He who gave His life to redeem us would also care for our physical well-being?

"We should consider the words of the apostle Paul, in which he appeals to his brethren, by the mercies of God, to present their bodies 'a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God.' ... Sanctification is not merely a theory, an emotion, or a form of words, but a living, active principle, entering into the everyday life. It requires that our habits of eating, drinking, and dressing be such as to secure the preservation of physical, mental, and moral health, that we may present to the Lord our bodies—not an offering corrupted by wrong habits but—'a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God.'" Romans 12:1 [CH 67.1]

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia gives this description of the word temperance: "The principle involved is that of the concentration of all man's powers and capabilities upon the one end of doing God's will, in and through whatever calling God appoints, and the renunciation of everything either wholly or to whatever degree necessary, however innocent or useful it may be in its proper place, that interferes with one's highest efficiency in this calling."

Do we not embrace many of these hygienic laws in our society today? Maybe we didn't accept them from God's Word but He persisted until we did see the light by presenting them to us through medical science. Why then protest if someone should desire to obey all of the laws of God which were given for our good instruction pertaining to every part of our life, not just in righteousness, but that as well?

The outbreak of ebola in Africa has led the United States to send troops to help squelch the outbreak. What impression do you think those thousand of troops, dressed in protective clothing and bathing in antiseptic solutions, had upon the native people? Do you think they will now disregard the instruction given them and perish? Or, will they listen and obey so that they might live? What about you? Will you receive instruction from God and obey that you might live?

Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. -Proverbs 18:2 NIV