Chapter Ten


During the middle ages, garbage and sewage were thrown into the streets of Europe. This practice bred flies, rats and disease. Typhoid, cholera, leprosy, and bubonic plague killed millions. Science had no solution. In the ghettos where the Jews lived, this was not the case. Why? Because the Jews were practicing the laws of sanitation that were given in the Bible. Not until finally, the church led in introducing the practice of quarantine from the Bible, and cities turned to sewage disposal as taught in the Bible, were these diseases brought under control.

In the 1840's Ignaz Semmelweis caused an international stir. He required the doctors under him to wash their hands before they examined another patient in the hospital. This practice reduced the spread of child bed fever. However, these doctors had him fired and forced out of Vienna.1 Today, such methods of sanitation are rigidly enforced in hospitals all over the world. Did you know that the Bible commanded such sanitation more than 3,400 years before Ignaz Semmelweis? Yes, the Bible was way ahead of human science. How could this have been?


Let us now look at some of the laws given in the Bible. When a person had gotten well, the Bible commanded:
"The one to be cleansed shall then wash his clothes and shave off all his hair, and bathe in water and be clean. Now afterward, he may enter the camp, but he shall stay outside his tent for seven days. "And it will be on the seventh day that he shall shave off all his hair: he shall shave his head and his beard and his eyebrows, even all his hair. He shall then wash his clothes and bathe his body in water and be clean. Leviticus 14:8, 9.

These are the same practices that are used today by medical science. However, do you understand that the Bible commanded this long before medical science started to do the same thing? The Bible was 3,400 years ahead of medical science in practices of sanitation.

Did Moses get these laws from the science of Egypt? No, impossible. The Egyptians at that time used dung for medicine.2 Science did not know about bacteria until the work of Leeuwenhoek, which was 3,100 years after the Law was given to Moses. How do you account for this? Is it possible that God gave the Law to Moses, as the Bible claims? This appears to be the only logical conclusion.

No Tricinosis

Many people suffered from fever, headache, diarrhea, and sore muscles. Not so long ago, science learned that this was caused by worms living in the muscles. These worms come from eating pork, the meat of swine, that is not cooked enough. This is called tricinosis. Now consider this. The Bible, in the Law of God to Israel, had forbidden the eating of swine more than 3,400 years ago. We shall read again from the Bible:
. . . and the pig, for though it divides the hoof, thus making a split hoof, it does not chew cud, it is unclean to you. You shall not eat of their flesh nor touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you. Leviticus 11:7, 8. (See also Deuteronomy 14:8.)

As long as the people of Israel obeyed the Law, they were free from trichinosis. Where did Moses get this knowledge of parasitology? Certainly, it was not from the science of his day.He must have gotten the Law from God. Do you believe in God? You need to.


Just in recent years, science has discovered that it is bad for the circulatory (blood) system to eat animal fat. The fat plugs up the arteries. This is just a recent discovery. Now listen again to what the Bible commanded the people of Israel in the Law:

It is a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwellings: you shall not eat any fat or any blood. Leviticus 3:17.

"Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, `You shall not eat any fat from an ox, a sheep, or a goat. `Also the fat of an animal which dies, and the fat of an animal torn by beasts, may be put to any other use, but you must certainly not eat it. Leviticus 7:23,24.

Again we find that the Bible was 3,400 years ahead of science. This shows scientific foreknowledge on the part of the author of the Bible. No mere human could have known what this shows in this law. Moses claims that these laws came from God who created all things. These laws must have come from God.

We have seen three cases of scientific foreknowledge in the Bible so far, concerning medical science. The Bible even commanded sewage disposal in Deuteronomy 23:12-14.


Now we shall look at another case of scientific foreknowledge in the Bible. During the 1800's, science discovered that germs caused disease. The science of bacteriology is rather young. With this understanding of the spread of disease, quarantine is used to stop the spread of disease. However, the Bible commanded quarantine about 3,300 years before the science of bacteriology. We read in the Law of Israel:
. . . then the priest shall isolate the person with the scaly infection for seven days. Leviticus 13:26, 31.

You can see that the Bible is the Word of God. You have the evidence. If you are objective, scientific, you will conclude that Moses got his information from a source higher than man, from a Scientist that knew more than human scientists. This Scientist, the Bible calls God. He knows science because he created science. He created the human body. He also created your spirit. Will you put your faith in Him?

Germaine Lockwood

1 S. I. McMillen, None of These Diseases (Old Tappan, New Jersey: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1967), pp.12-16.
2 Papyrus Ebers, quoted by S. E. Massengill, A Sketch of Medicine and Pharmacy (Bristol, Tenn.: S. E. Massengill Co., 1943), pp. 16-17.

Copyright ©1996 by Germaine Charles Lockwood. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Scripture quotations in this work, unless otherwise indicated, are from The New American Standard Bible, Copyright ©1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Scripture quotations from The New King James Bible (NKJB), Copyright ©1979,1980,1982, Thomas Nelson Inc., Nashville, TN. Used by permission.

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