Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sick Saints

"And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I [am] the LORD that healeth thee. " [Exodus 15:26][KJV].
What were these diseases? One internet site;
listed the following based upon paleopathologic [study of ancient diseases] evidence in mummies.
1. spina bifida
2. club foot
3. cleft palate
4. hydrocephalus
5. tuberculosis
6. leprosy
7. parasites
8. poliomyelitis
9. osteoarthritis
10.short life span
11.tumors (though little evidence exists)
12.vascular diseases
13.coronary diseases
15.aortic diseases
16.dental diseases; gum diseases and tooth wear
Of course this is not a complete list obviously because only so much data can be derived from mummies thousands of years old. The point is that God promised Israel that they would not have these diseases if they "...gave ear to His commandments and kept all His statutes..." And what were the statutes? Those were the laws that dealt with health and hygiene. Some might call that "the boring stuff one reads in Leviticus.
Has God given His church statutes that deal with health and hygiene? You know the answer. If we do have inspired instruction on health, hygiene, diet, etc., the question has to be raised; why are so many among us sick with the "diseases of Egypt." Could it be that "Israel" is not obeying His statutes?
Health begins, and begins to end...at the table. We know what we should eat. If someone out there knows why we do not do as we ought and as we have been taught I would like to hear the answer. I think I know...I think.
God Bless. e.c.

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