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‘You must never eat fat, whether from cattle, sheep, or goats.’ Leviticus 7:23 NLT

God warned His people about the dangers associated with animal fat. If you’re hooked on fried or fatty foods, check out this Scripture: ‘Give the following instructions to… Israel. You must never eat fat, whether from cattle, sheep, or goats. The fat of an animal found dead or torn to pieces by wild animals must never be eaten, though it may be used for any other purpose.’ (Leviticus 7:23–24 NLT)

While polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats found mostly in plant-based foods and oils promote dietary health, the kind of fat in many of the foods we eat are saturated and trans fats which raise cholesterol. That’s a major risk factor for coronary disease and can lead to stroke and heart attacks. In reference also to prostate cancer in males, a study by the University of Pennsylvania stated, ‘The fourth most common cause of cancer among men may be related to saturated fat consumption.’

God also gave His people hygiene laws. ‘When he who has a discharge is cleansed of his discharge, then he shall… bathe his body in running water.’ (Leviticus 15:13 NKJV)

In the 18th century, 30% of mothers died following childbirth, even though they seemed healthy. Back then, doctors routinely inspected corpses and, without washing their hands, moved on to the maternity ward where they examined expectant mothers. ‘Microscopic disease’ was unknown until 1845, when Ignaz Semmelweis, an Austrian Jewish doctor dubbed ‘the saviour of mothers’, introduced hand-washing in ‘running water’ with chlorinated lime solution. He was vilified for his ideas, but the death rate from childbed fever plummeted when his instructions, gleaned from the Bible, were followed.

Bottom line: living by the principles of Scripture can help keep you healthy.

SoulFood: Ruth 1–4, Luke 12:35–48, Ps 119:41–48, Pr 17:17

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright [cy]

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