Have you ever wondered how people in Biblical times addressed their health needs? Were there any doctors then? It is sometimes hard to imagine a world without modern medicine. Despite what is happening in the world around us, the Bible remains relevant for our time. It is where we get useful advice concerning our day-to-day lives. Health is another important aspect addressed in the Bible.

God is the creator of the universe. All life comes from Him. He knows what is good for our health and what is not. The books of Moses are filled with amazing health principles. Where did Moses get these health principles from? According to an article in  Ministry Magazine, "The basic concept of Mosaic medicine was that Jehovah, the one and only true God, not only was the source of all health, but possessed the only effective power over disease." In order to be healthy, one had to obey the Levitical code.

In this post, I will highlight a few health principles from the Bible.

Healing comes from God. He wants to save us for we cannot save ourselves. John 10:10

Health matters to the Lord. He is concerned about all aspects of our well-being and not just spiritual health. He wants us to lead healthy and happy lifestyles. This can be comforting because in this world, there is a lot of suffering. 

The Bible addresses many health aspects including hygiene laws, sanitation and proper diet laws, just to mention a few. These laws are meant to help people live healthy livesThis does not always mean sickness is a punishment from the Lord, nor does it mean God's people will never be affected by any kind of sickness. Moses was ahead of our time in addressing communicable diseases. Leviticus 13-14. 

In Biblical times, leprosy was common. It was a contagious disease. People who had leprosy were required to self-isolate. Leviticus 13:46. When they were healed, then they were allowed back into the community. Quarantine is not new. Self-isolating was a way of quarantine. Priests had the task of inspecting lepers and those who were healed from leprosy. Leviticus 13:13. In the New Testament, we see Jesus healing the lepers, showing that God is able to heal all manner of diseases. He tells the lepers to go and show themselves to the Priests. Luke 17:14. Why would Jesus refer them back to the Priests?

In the Bible, Priests had the task of officiating at different religious ceremonies. They also had to inspect the lepers. When inspecting the lepers, they had to make sure lepers were totally healed before they accepted them back into society. Jesus heals the lepers and tells them to go and show themselves to the Priests. Jesus, the Healer, understood the laws of that time. He knew that procedure had to be followed concerning quarantine and healing. According to an article in Ministry Magazine, "...it was not admissible that the heart and the mind could be pure without cleanliness of the body." The focus was on the whole person. Priests only inspected the leper and interceded through sacrifices, and healing came from Jehovah.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2

What the Bible says about diet

God, the creator of the universe gave us diet laws to follow. He specified the types of foods to eat and to avoid. The diet prescribed in the Bible was mainly composed of grains, nuts, pulse, seeds, fruits and vegetables. In Biblical times, people lived longer than us. It is possible that their diet and proper adherence to hygiene laws could have also contributed to their longer life span. Still, the lifespan is decreasing all the time. Adam lived nine hundred and thirty years, Seth lived nine hundred and twelve years, Enoch lived three hundred and sixty five years, Abraham lived one hundred and seventy five years and David lived for seventy years. 

The story of Daniel and his Hebrew friends shows how they honored God in everything including their diet. Scripture tells us that they chose not to defile themselves with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank. Daniel 1:8. Instead, they preferred pulse and water. At the the end of their ten day period, their countenances appeared fairer and fatter, Daniel 1:15. "...God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams." Daniel 1:17. The king found them ten times better than magicians and astrologers in matters of wisdom and understanding. This shows that a healthy diet is not only good for the body, but also for the mind as well.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

The Lord wants us to honor Him in everything we do, including in how we eat. Health laws are for our own good. God is concerned about about our physical health the same way He is concerned about our spiritual health.