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Mold has become a big deal when trying to sell houses today. A seller has to sign specific forms testifying about any knowledge they have regarding mold. Everyone is afraid of toxic mold, which if it begins to grow in a house, may require bulldozing the house and covering it with dirt. A show of hands now everyone, who knew God dealt so specifically with mold in the law of Moses? He explains how and when it must be treated, whether on the house or in our clothes, and when it must be destroyed and buried far away from people.
What if we practiced the rules for sick people as God commanded? The cold and flu would probably spread less, since the sick people would be easy to spot with a mask covering their nose and mouth area, wearing torn clothes, crying out “Unclean! Unclean!” and living outside of our living area. Of course, if we practiced these rules I’m guessing productivity in our workplaces might go down with so many less workers available. Of course, maybe it would go up if we separated all the sick people so the healthy could work even harder and longer hours. But I’m wondering if we could even have elementary schools, since the quantity of snot running from the noses of our little germ-factories, oops I mean adorable little kids, probably runs into the gallons every day.
On that wonderful thought, I better get some tissue for my running nose. Have a healthy weekend.
When reading through the Old Testament about uncleanness it often reads like some kind of sin. But when you look closely at the reasons people were unclean, most if not all of the reasons are for common life situations, such as a woman having a baby, sexual behavior, getting sick, touching a dead body (family members were expected to prepare the body for burial). God is not saying these things are sinful or bad, but when they occur we shouldn’t involve everyone else in the situation. For example, it is a blessing for a woman to have a baby, but we don’t want to invite everyone in to witness the event, or to touch and hold the baby right away, there is an appropriate amount of time for mom and baby to be separate, even for the health of the baby. In fact most of the unclean issues have some health and wellness issues that correspond to these life events, such as bodily fluids, we know transmit disease, so it was God’s wisdom to teach Israel to avoid bodily fluids typically. Notice most of the purification rituals involve bathing along with the required offerings.