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February 6, 2018 Bible Study — More Public Health Regulations

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading.

Today, I am reading and commenting on Leviticus 14-15.

    I have read through today’s passage several times looking for what I want to write about it. In the end nothing really struck me. However, I found myself fascinated by its understanding of how to deal with public health threats. I noted how they used various time delays to ensure that symptoms did not recur for someone who was apparently healed. In yesterday’s passage there were instructions on how to deal with mildew on various items in a nomadic camp. Today’s passage explains how to apply similar rules to permanent structures. The final thing which I found interesting was the understanding of the health dangers of exposure to someone else’s bodily fluids expressed in this passage.

February 6, 2017 Bible Study

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading.

Today, I am reading and commenting on Leviticus 14-15.

    The passage continues with rules regarding maintaining the health of the population. First there is a description of the complex procedure to be followed in the case of someone who has been cured of a skin disease. It goes on to lay out a procedure for dealing with a house which has a mildew infection. The procedures for dealing with such a house may seem excessive, but it demonstrates an understanding of the health risks of some types of mold which are easy to overlook. Finally the passage lays out rules to minimize the chance of being exposed to the bodily fluids of another person. The individual who compiled the rules regarding bodily discharges showed a fairly good understanding of the dangers and how to minimize the risks. I would like to draw a lesson for our spiritual lives today, but I do not see one as I read it this time. I will add that I think there is value in reading this passage for the understanding it gives us of the people to whom it was addressed and the purpose of the rules contained here.

February 6, 2016 Bible Study — Preventing the Spread of Disease

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading. I had been using One Year Bible Online, but it was time for a change.

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Today, I am reading and commenting on Leviticus 14-15.

    In today’s passage it describes what a person who had a skin disease should do when a priest finds that he has been cured. The result of these commands is that the officiating priest has an incentive to find the person cured. On the other hand, the incentive is not nearly enough to encourage the priest to find someone who is clearly contagious as cured. It goes on to address dealing with a house which has become contaminated with mildew or mold (we assume mildew, the word used is the same as the word used to describe skin diseases). We know today that several types of mold are unhealthy and that if allowed to become too prevalent in a house they can never be gotten rid of. Finally the passage discusses actions to make sure that people are not accidentally exposed to the bodily fluids of others. Once more, we know today that many diseases can be more easily spread through exposure to the bodily fluids of someone who is infected with them.