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Friday, April 5 2019
A Bible Journey, 167: The Environment Within
"There went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the LORD God formed man"
The first human was created from the "mist" (a natural result of a cooling surface; see Creation Day 2: The Heaven Above, The Waters Below and Creation Day 3: Continents And Oceans) and the "dust" of the Earth (see Adam and Adamah). Every human ever since has the same composition (see The First Souls).
"2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Genesis 2:6-7 KJV)
The human body is about 75% water. Chemically, about 95% of body weight is composed of just four Earth elements: oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, and nitrogen (water is just a molecule of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen i.e. two hydrogen atoms covalently bonded to a single oxygen atom, as stated in the well-known H2O equation). The remainder are lesser and trace amounts of other Earth elements such calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium, chlorine, and sulfur.
All living creatures must replenish what they are made of by consuming water and food for energy and maintenance. But does it matter what is consumed? Water is water, but would you prefer to drink from a clean spring, or from a sewer drain? Most people would surely choose water from a clean spring.
What about food then? Would you prefer a rat, rather than chicken or beef? Or, if you're a vegetarian (as all humans were until after the Flood - see Genesis 1:29 and 9:3; see also Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?), would you prefer to eat poison ivy or tobacco, rather than wheat or beans? That isn't a difficult choice either, for most people.
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) gave His "clean" and "unclean" dietary laws as a means for humans to be healthy. It isn't about "religion."
Some creatures were designed for food, while others were designed to maintain the health of the environment by cleaning what is unclean, thereby taking upon themselves uncleanness. If you look at the general listing of the "clean" and "unclean" animals, it's based simply on what they themselves ate or were exposed to as a matter of their nature.
Generally, "clean" animals, for food, are vegetarian (e.g. cattle, sheep) while "unclean" animals, for food (apart from their usefulness in nature), are either carnivorous (i.e. meat eaters e.g. wolves, dogs) or omnivorous (i.e. eat almost anything e.g. pigs, crows).
For fish, those that live and feed in upper and mid-level freshest water are "clean" (e.g. trout and bass), while bottom-dwellers, where all of the natural waste and muck accumulates, are "unclean" (e.g. catfish and shellfish).
"14:1 Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead. 14:2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.
Ancient Israel was an agriculture-based society and economy. Tithing (see Numbers 18: The Inheritance Of The Levites to understand how and why the people and the LORD tithed) was stated here in the context of the dietary laws.
"14:22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. 14:23 And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always. 14:24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee: 14:25 Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose: 14:26 And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household, 14:27 And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee.
Fact Finder: What gave life to physical matter? What would happen to all living creatures if that Spirit were withdrawn?
This Day In History, April 5
1081: Alexios I Komnenos became the Byzantine emperor at Constantinople (the city named after the Roman Emperor Constantine; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs).
1355: In Rome, Charles IV was crowned Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1513: Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian, King Henry VIII of England, King Ferdinand of Aragon (Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII of England, was the daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, who employed Christopher Columbus as an explorer) and Pope Leo X signed the Treaty of Mechlin, an alliance to invade France.
1621: The English merchant ship Mayflower (in service 1609 to 1624, a typical 15-year working life of such ships of that era) set sail on its return trip to England from the "New World" (see also The Pilgrims and Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1710: The Statute of Anne was granted Royal Assent to establish the Copyright Law of the United Kingdom.
1795: The Treaty of Basel between France and Prussia was signed during the French Revolutionary War.
1843: Queen Victoria proclaimed Hong Kong as a British crown colony.
1879: Chile declared war on Bolivia and Peru, thereby starting the War of the Pacific.
1896: The modern-day Olympic Games began, in Athens.
1900: Archaeologists in Knossos, Crete, discovered a large cache of clay tablets with hieroglyphic writing in a script they called Linear B.
1943: During the Second World War (1939-1945; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), a U.S. warplane killed 900 civilians, including 209 children, when it bombed the Belgian town (Belgium was invaded and occupied by Nazi Germany) of Mortsel, rather than the intended target, a Nazi-occupied factory over a kilometer away.
1951: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for giving U.S. atomic secrets to Russia.
1955: Winston Churchill resigned as British Prime Minister. He was succeeded by Anthony Eden.
1974: The 110-story World Trade Center opened in New York.
1975: Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese military and political leader, died. He fled to Taiwan after his Nationalist forces lost the Chinese civil war against the communists under Mao Zedong in 1949.
1989: The Polish government legalized the Solidarity union, and allowed democracy in government.