Adelaide Chapter

None of these diseases, by Geoff Russell, 11 October 2018

February 16, 2022

The Bible records that God delivered the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt by the hand of Moses and formed them into the new nation of Israel.

At that time, God gave them a Law, about which He said:

  • “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26)

In this address, Geoff Russell considers some aspects of this Law which, if obeyed, would result in far better health and well-being for the nation of Israel than that experienced by Egypt and other neighbouring nations. In particular, he looks at toilet hygiene, treatment and isolation of infectious diseases, circumcision, and sexual morality. Were these rules beneficial to the ancient Israelites and are they relevant to us today?

Geoff’s talk can be viewed on YouTube