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When God gave Moses the law prohibiting the eating of pork and other unclean animals, He had a scientific reason for doing so. God knew what He was doing when He forbade the eating of certain kinds of flesh. God had the welfare and best interests of Israel at heart when He gave Moses the law at Mount Sinai, and He knew that if Israel would observe certain laws of sanitation and diet, disease would not be able to fasten onto their bodies.
The first covenant that God made with Israel after He delivered them from Egypt was a covenant of health. In this covenant, God stated that if Israel would abide by his laws, commandments and statutes, disease would not come upon them as it did upon the Egyptians, and He would be their Healer.
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his com-mandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptian; for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
This covenant is repeated in:
And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.
Again in Deuteronomy 7:11-15;
11 Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments and the statutes and the judgments which I command thee this day, to do them.
15 And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.
Three different times God promises to keep Israel in perfect health, if Israel would observe and keep his commandments, statutes and judgements. In other words, one of the purposes of the giving of the law was that Israel might be strong and healthy. This was the purpose for God’s laws concerning sanitation and diet. When America gets back to the observance of the divine laws of health, sanitation and diet, as well as the other commandments, statutes and judgements of God, disease will disappear from our midst, just like it did in Israel, when she left Egypt.
Psalm 105:37 says;
He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
Nearly three million Israelites came out of Egypt, a population almost the size of Chicago, and there was not one sick, diseased, infirm, afflicted, feeble person among them; and they didn’t have any doctors, hospitals, sanatoriums, drug stores, aspirins, Salk vaccine, penicillin or Hardacol.
Israel observed and kept God’s laws, stopped taking into their bodies those things that produce disease, and God, in fulfilment of His promise, healed them.
A few years ago, the State Department of Public Health of Illinois, published a seven page pamphlet entitled “Thrichinosis”. This was Circular Number 64. This pamphlet stated that 16% of the people of the United States, or some 22 million, persons were suffering from the disease called Thrichinosis, which comes from eating pork.
God knew all about the trichinella spirals that infest the body of swine and other unclean animals, and to prevent the disease from afflicting human beings, God forbade the use of swine and other unclean animals in the human diet, being just a simple method of disease prevention. Scientists are now learning the value of the divine dietary laws.
Because the subject of the eating of pork is once more becoming a question of national concern, I want to give you a few facts that you should know as you come to your own decision in the matter of eating pork.
In Leviticus 11:7-8; God told Israel,
7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.
8 Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcass shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.
I have heard ministers refer to the pig and say, “The ceremonial uncleanness of the pig has nothing to do with the ceremony”. The ceremony was given at about 1490 B.C., but in Genesis 7, which was almost a thousand years before the giving of the ceremony, God told Noah how many clean animals and how many unclean animals he should take into the ark.
If they were clean and unclean then, the giving of the ceremony a thousand years later would have nothing to do with making them either clean or unclean. They were not ceremonially unclean; they were scientifically and physiologically unclean, and because of their physiological uncleanness God prohibited their use as food.