Posted by: Rob Lester | December 6, 2011

The uncleanness of “creeping things”

In 1993, there was an outbreak of a new type of hemorrhagic fever near the Four-Corners region of the United States. It was identified as Hantavirus. It was carried by mice and spread through their droppings and nests. Nobody except a very few virologists had ever heard of it before and no one had heard of it until its discovery in Korea in 1978. It was a long time before anyone knew that reptiles can carry diseases such as salmonella. The bacteria were not even known to exist until their discovery in the late 1800’s. But there is another scientific source which WAS aware of both of these as long as 3,500 years ago. Moses was giving the law to the children of Israel and he stated, “These also shall be unclean to you among the creeping things that creep on the earth: the mole, the mouse, and the large lizard after its kind; the gecko, the monitor lizard, the sand reptile, the sand lizard, and the chameleon. These are unclean to you among all that creep” (Leviticus 11:29-31).  Moses went on to declare that if a person touched one of these animals they would be unclean. They would be unable to enter the tabernacle and worship until they had cleansed themselves. Please notice that not only is the animal itself unclean according to the Law of Moses, but so is any surface the animal touched. This might seem silly and extreme if not for our present knowledge of contamination. We wouldn’t put food on a surface where raw poultry had been until we cleaned it. We know this now, but no one knew it back then. It took God to reveal this wisdom to mankind. The scientific foreknowledge and accuracy of the Bible is one of the most convincing proofs of its divine inspiration.

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