NONE OF THESE DISEASES
"And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee." Exodus 15: 26.
The purpose of this study is to establish the similitude between the diseases brought upon the Egyptians in Israel's time and the diseases of today.
This study does not intend to cover the whole scope of diseases grouped under the science of pathology. Further studies are presented in file 19 under Statutes and the studies on the Brain Nerves in file 5, 11, 17 and 22 attempt to complement this short essay.
1. LEPROSY OF THE SKIN:
• See Leviticus 13: 1-46
Leprosy, a disease mentioned often in the Bible, was a dreaded skin affliction in ancient times. Modern medicine has isolated several different types of leprosy, variously characterized by the formation of nodules, ulcers, deformities, and loss of feeling in the skin. In Old Testament times, a symptom used to diagnose the disease was the persistence of shiny white spots under the skin. (Lev. 13: 3, 4).
Some medical experts believe the ancient disease was a severe type of psoriasis, or scaling of the skin, that is rarely seen today. It was probably more prevalent than Hansen's disease, the term generally used for leprosy today.
• Lev. 13:22
"And if it spread much abroad in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is a plague."
Plague: Skin Infection.
• Lev. 13:32
"And in the seventh day the priest shall look on the scall: and, behold, if the scall be not spread in the skin, nor be in sight deeper than the skin; then the priest shall pronounce him clean: and he shall wash his clothes, and be clean."
Scall: Skin eruption.
• Lev. 13:38
"If a man also or a woman have in the skin of their flesh bright spots, even white bright spots."
White bright spots: Pimples.
• Lev. 13:39
"Then the priest shall look: and, behold, if the bright spots in the skin of their flesh be darkish white; it is a freckled spot that grows in the skin..."
Freckled spot: Eczema.
• Lev. 13:43
"Then the priest shall look upon it: and, behold, if the rising of the sore be white reddish in his bald head, or in his bald forehead, as the leprosy appears in the skin of the flesh."
Rising of the sore: Swelling.
• Lev. 15:2
"Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When any man hath a running issue out of his flesh, because of his issue he is unclean."
Running issue: Running sore.
2. SICKNESS BROUGHT UPON BECAUSE OF DISOBEDIENCE:
• Deut. 28:15
"But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee."
• Deut. 28:21
"The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it."
• Deut. 28:22
"The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish."
Consumption: Lung problems such as: Bronchitis - Pneumonia - Pleurisy - Tuberculosis
Inflammation: "ITIS" such as: Arthritis, Bursitis, Tendinitis, Meningitis; all Inflammations of the Joints, Muscles, Organs.
Blasting: Plant disease
Mildew: Fungus causing allergies
• Deut. 28:27, 35
"The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed."
Botch: Boil - that cannot be healed - from head to toe
• Deut. 28: 28, 29
"The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart: And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropes in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled ever more, and no man shall save thee."
Madness: Mental disorder, Nervous Breakdown, Paranoia, Schizophrenia, Dementia, Delirium
Blindness: Blindness can be caused by Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Astonishment of the heart: Anxiety and Panic attacks
• Deut. 28:65
"And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind."
Trembling Heart: Heart diseases such as: Palpitation, Heart Attack
Failing of eyes: Cataract, Myopia, Glaucoma, Presbyopia.