< What I Learned Teaching Sunday School: Part 3 of Proof that the Bible is the Inspired Word of God

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Part 3 of Proof that the Bible is the Inspired Word of God

We are all very familiar with the verse Lev. 17:11For the life of the flesh is in the blood” because it’s used to explain sacrifices: that blood must be shed for atonement, that the wages of sin is death. But, how would Moses have known that our blood is the essence of life?

Remember the verse “We are fearfully and wonderfully made?” Our bodies have over 75,000 miles of blood vessels in them! Enough to circle the world three times! These teeny tiny veins, arteries and capillary vessels carry blood cells with nutrients to feed every one of the 60 trillion cells that make up our body! This complex system of interconnected blood vessels must bring the right nutrient to the particular cells that require those chemicals. It all matches up.

We also have over a million special types of white cells, antibodies specially designed to fight a particular disease. As soon as the body detects that it’s been invaded by a germ or a virus, the whole blood system goes on special alert and produces an explosive increase in whatever antibody it requires to fight the disease.

Our heart is only the size of a fist, but its stronger then our arms and legs. It works non-stop for 80 or so years while our legs get tired when we run around the block! This organ pumps over 1 and a half million gallons of blood every year of our life.

“The life of the flesh is in the blood” and we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”!

Circumcision. The Hebrews were told to circumcise the boys when they were 8 days old. The Arabs wait to do it when the boys are 13 years old. So why did God tell His children to do it on the 8th day? Healing of a wound begins with the clotting of blood. Any wound that continues to bleed, especially in a primitive environment, risks infection. It’s only been somewhat recently that scientists discovered that 2 specific factors in our blood are closely related to the ability of our blood to clot quickly and safely to facilitate healing and resistance to infection. Vitamin K and prothrombin. And these are at the highest levels in your life when you are 8 days old. Vitamin K isn’t even formed in the body until between days 5 and 7. How would Moses have known? Unless God told him?

Last medical thing I’ll mention: a lot of disease comes from human waste. In the olden days, in rural areas there wasn’t too much danger of infection, but in the villages, towns and cities during the Medieval and Renaissance times, people would dump it in the streets! And then the rains would eventually wash it through the drains. It’s said that during Shakespeare’s day people in London couldn’t even walk by the river it stunk so bad! It’s no wonder the life span was – maybe – 40!

People died of a variety of germ related diseases: typhoid, dysentery and cholera, to name a few. It’s hard to believe educated people didn’t figure that out! And how could they have lived that way!

Obedience to God’s laws of sanitation, put in the Bible thousands of years ago would have saved countless millions of lives, just from untreated and unburied sewage!

Remember, during the Exodus there were a couple million Jewish people living in tents in the desert. This is kind of like some of our refugee camps today, but bigger. And there’s always the risk of the spread of disease in these kinds of situations.

God told them in Deut. 23:12-13, “Also you shall have a place outside the camp, where you may go out; and you shall have an implement among your equipment and when you sit down outside, you shall dig with it and turn and cover your refuse.” (Basically bury human waste with a shovel)

Do you know, if people besides the Jews had followed this we wouldn’t have lost so many lives in war? The history of war before 1900 shows that 5x as many soldiers died from disease then enemy weapons!

Moses didn’t learn any of this from his Egyptian upbringing because remember they mixed waste into their medical treatments. It can only have come from God!

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