Quarantine Verses in the Old Testament: Zoom Bible Study

May 17, 2020 | by: Pastor Harry Therwanger | 0 Comments

Moses (born 1581 B.C., so 3601 years ago), who was Jewish by birth, educated by Egyptian nobility, and, despite being doubtful at times, was trusted by God to deliver guidelines to his people, including some of the following passages regarding quarantining sick people outside of camp, washing, and not letting people come into contact with healthy people when they had certain symptoms. God put into place good health practices to keep his people alive. We should, still today, be clean people because it's considerate to the people we're around and we want to be good members of society. It’s interesting how so many of the guidelines back then are still similarly followed today after being proven good-practices.

Thou shalt not kill… means I won’t perform actions that could cause bodily harm to my neighbor, like getting them sick. So wear those PPEs!

Leviticus 13-15 English Standard Version (ESV)

Laws About Leprosy

13 The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 2 “When a person has on the skin of his body a swelling or an eruption or a spot, and it turns into a case of leprous[a] disease on the skin of his body, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests, 3 and the priest shall examine the diseased area on the skin of his body. And if the hair in the diseased area has turned white and the disease appears to be deeper than the skin of his body, it is a case of leprous disease. When the priest has examined him, he shall pronounce him unclean. 4 But if the spot is white in the skin of his body and appears no deeper than the skin, and the hair in it has not turned white, the priest shall shut up the diseased person for seven days. 5 And the priest shall examine him on the seventh day, and if in his eyes the disease is checked and the disease has not spread in the skin, then the priest shall shut him up for another seven days. 6 And the priest shall examine him again on the seventh day, and if the diseased area has faded and the disease has not spread in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him clean; it is only an eruption. And he shall wash his clothes and be clean. 7 But if the eruption spreads in the skin, after he has shown himself to the priest for his cleansing, he shall appear again before the priest. 8 And the priest shall look, and if the eruption has spread in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean; it is a leprous disease.

9 “When a man is afflicted with a leprous disease, he shall be brought to the priest, 10 and the priest shall look. And if there is a white swelling in the skin that has turned the hair white, and there is raw flesh in the swelling, 11 it is a chronic leprous disease in the skin of his body, and the priest shall pronounce him unclean. He shall not shut him up, for he is unclean. 12 And if the leprous disease breaks out in the skin, so that the leprous disease covers all the skin of the diseased person from head to foot, so far as the priest can see, 13 then the priest shall look, and if the leprous disease has covered all his body, he shall pronounce him clean of the disease; it has all turned white, and he is clean. 14 But when raw flesh appears on him, he shall be unclean. 15 And the priest shall examine the raw flesh and pronounce him unclean. Raw flesh is unclean, for it is a leprous disease.

Numbers 5:1-4 English Standard Version (ESV)

Unclean People

5 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Command the people of Israel that they put out of the camp everyone who is leprous[a] or has a discharge and everyone who is unclean through contact with the dead. 3 You shall put out both male and female, putting them outside the camp, that they may not defile their camp, in the midst of which I dwell.” 4 And the people of Israel did so, and put them outside the camp; as the Lord said to Moses, so the people of Israel did.

Footnotes:

Numbers 5:2 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13

Fall of the Bronze Age - major civilizations all collapse around the same time 1,000 BCE. We can speculate that Justinean’s plague may have taken out a lot. Like Black Death - Eucineus pestus - flea 60% of the population died. 

Outside of scripture, Pastor T is slow to say something is occurring for a particular modern purpose. But somehow we can pray for God to bring something good out of this. 

Exodus 12:1-15

Leviticus 13:1-15

Numbers 5:1-4

Deut 23: 0-14

2 Kings 7:3-4

2 Kings 15:5

 

 

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