A matter of hygiene
At the moment the world is focused on the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which may cause acute respiratory illness. Governments are doing all they can to contain the virus; we are being instructed on how to wash our hands and avoid contact with contaminated surfaces; and how to isolate ourselves from suspect situations.
In 1846 a Hungarian doctor, Ignaz Semmelweiss, became known as the father of hand hygiene when he mandated handwashing with chlorine for doctors. A few years later, Florence Nightingale was another handwashing champion when during the Crimean War she implemented handwashing and other hygiene practices which resulted in a reduction in infections. Sadly the practice wasn’t adopted widely for over a century.
But how many of us realise that many centuries before it was known that microorganisms cause infectious diseases, God gave Moses instructions for the most stringent health regulations for His people, the Israelites? He gave rules regarding hand washing and cleanliness, quarantine, proper disposal of human faeces and proper disposal of dead bodies – all of which are measures taken today in the prevention and/or control of infectious diseases. They are all recorded in the early books of the Old Testament.
What an incredible God we have and how blessed we are to have the Bible – His message to us.
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