"God Wants Us To Be Healthy"
HOW DOES THE IMPORTANCE OF PHYSICAL HEALTH
PARALLEL THE IMPORTANCE OF SPIRITUAL HEALTH?
BIBLE READING: Leviticus
KEY BIBLE VERSE: These are the instructions for
dealing with the various kinds of contagious skin disease and infectious
mildew, whether in clothing, in a house, in a swollen area of skin, in a skin
rash, or in a shiny patch of skin. These instructions must be followed when
dealing with any contagious skin disease or infectious mildew, to determine
when something is ceremonially clean or unclean. (Leviticus
GODíS CONCERN FOR US COVERS EVERY PART OF LIVING
God told the Israelites how to diagnose infectious skin diseases
and mildew so they could avoid them or treat them. These laws were given for
the peopleís health and protection.
They helped the Israelites avoid diseases that were serious
threats in that time and place.
Although they wouldnít have understood the medical reasons for
some of these laws, their obedience to them made them healthier. Many of Godís
laws must have seemed strange to the Israelites. His laws, however, helped them
avoid not only physical contamination, but also moral and spiritual
The Word of God still provides a pattern for physically,
spiritually, and morally healthy living. We may not always understand the
wisdom of Godís laws, but if we obey them, we will thrive.
Does this mean we are to follow the Old Testament health and
dietary restrictions? In general, the basic principles of health and
cleanliness are still healthful practices, but it would be legalistic, if not
wrong, to adhere to each specific restriction today.
Some of these regulations were intended to mark the Israelites
as different from the wicked people around them. Others were given to prevent
Godís people from becoming involved in pagan religious practices, one of the
most serious problems of the day. Still others related to quarantines in a
culture where exact medical diagnosis was impossible.
Today, for example, physicians can diagnose the different forms
of leprosy, and they know which ones are contagious. Treatment methods have
greatly improved, and quarantine for leprosy is rarely necessary.
BIBLE READING: Matthew
KEY BIBLE VERSE: From the heart come evil thoughts,
murder, adultery, all other sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. These
are what defile you. Eating with unwashed hands could never defile you and make
you unacceptable to God! (Matthew 15:19-20)
SPIRITUAL HEALTH IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN PHYSICAL HEALTH
We work hard to keep our outward appearance attractive, but what
is in our hearts is even more important. The way we are deep down (where others
canít see) matters much to God. What are you like inside? When people become
Christians, God makes them different on the inside. He will continue the
process of change inside them if they only ask. God wants us to have healthy
thoughts and motives, not just healthy food and exercise.