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Leviticus 11-15


A Devotional Journey
   led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
February 3   Leviticus 11-15
      This part of the book deals with how God’s people should select food, deal with childbirth, respond to infectious skin conditions and other diseases, take care of mildew, and take care of personal hygiene.
      It is amazing how much interest God has in the details of His People’s lives. In a desert and nomadic environment it is crucial that illnesses that could be caused by spoiled or infected food be avoided, that contagion be isolated, that property be protected from damage by the elements, and that a high standard of personal health be maintained.
      Skin diseases seem to have been common in biblical times. Some of them, such as leprosy, were quite rare, but all of them signaled some kind of danger to the one who suffered from them and sometimes to the rest of the community as well.
      God does not restrict His interaction with His People to theological discussions of His nature and His plan for the universe. He gets right into the day to day issues of their lives – and most important of all, He helps them!
      The God who help the People of Israel wants to help us as well. It’s true that we have many of the bases already covered with physicians and checkups and vitamins and food processing, refrigeration and preservation. Nevertheless, we need His help also.
      The human body is designed to rid itself of foreign organisms which invade it and repair itself in many instances in which it is injured or damaged in some way. Yet, people still die, exceptions do exist, unforseen circumstances can arise, and life remains to a great extent uncontrollable in any ultimate sense (can you accurately predict the hour of your own death if you do not commit suicide?).
      God cares as much for us as He did for the Israelites. In fact, after Jesus Christ rose from the dead and returned to Heaven, He inspired several people to write the New Testament of the Bible which contains great amounts of practical advice.
      Whereas the Old Testament spends a great deal of space discussing the rules for effective society, the New Testament discusses more the moral issues of life and the nature and extent of happiness and well-being as we seek to be more like Jesus.
      Read through the book of James today and ask yourself:  What does God have to say to me about some of the practical issues of my life? 
      It’s amazing how much interest God has in the details of His People’s lives!

© A. Eugene Pearson  2011