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Understanding Our Immune System

Our immune systems protect us from disease,
but what protects our immune systems? 
Please understand that I am not a M.D., but a counselor and minister of the Word
and a student of God's creation.
I. There are three types of Law in the Old Testament. (Torah or Pentateuch).
A.  Moral Laws = This is basically found in the Ten Commandments.  See: Learning The Boundaries.
1. It is centered in LOVE.  (I Corinthians 13:1ff).
a. Love directed toward God.
b. Love directed toward others.
c. Love directed toward self (In a good positive sense).
2.  The Law is summarized.
a. "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"  (Micah 6:8).    "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone"  (Matthew 23:23).

b. "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.    This is the first and great commandment.    And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.    On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets"  (Matthew 22:37-40).

c. "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.    And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these" (Mark 12:30-31).

3. Which of the Ten Commandments have to do with love of self?
a. All in a general sense.  "To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?"  (Deuteronomy 10:13).  Keeping the commandments are for our benefit!

b. Specifically:  (1) The 4th commandment.    "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy"  (Exodus 20:8). "And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath"  (Mark 2:27).  The Day Of Rest.  Keeping the Sabbath is for our benefit.  (2). The 5th commandment.    "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee"  (Exodus 20:12). "Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)" A long life is the promise!

B. Health Laws.
1.  Laws concern food.  Leviticus 11:1-47.
a. Eat no blood.
b. Eat no fat.
c. Eat nothing unclean.
2. Laws concerning cleansing.  (Leviticus 12:1ff.)
3. Laws concerning the Sabbath.  "(Leviticus 16:29-34).
C. Ceremonial Law.    (Specifically).
1. Law concerning the Feasts.  (Leviticus 23:1-37,  Numbers 28:1-40).
a. The Passover
b. Unleavened Bread
c. First Fruits
d. Pentecost
e. Trumpets
f. Atonement
g. Tabernacles
2. Laws concerning the various offerings.
a. Burnt offerings
b. Peace offerings
II. Questions:
A. Was Jesus ever sick?   Did Jesus ever say to the disciples, "Hey guys, I can't go preaching, witnessing, or healing today because I have a really bad cold?"  (You can fill in the blank).
Note: The immune system protects us from antigens (foreign agents such as viruses, bacteria, parasites, and carcinogens).

Jesus was immune to disease!

B. How do we know that Jesus was immune to disease?  We know this because he became a disease carrier without getting sick (until the cross even).  "That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses" (Matthew 8:17).  Jesus became a carrier, but no scripture indicates that he was sick at anytime.

C.  Why was Jesus immune to disease?  He kept the Law: the moral laws, the health laws, and the ceremonial laws.

D. Does the Scripture promise immunity to those who keep the Word of God?   "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 commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee" (Exodus 15:26).  Note the clause, "I will put none of these diseases upon thee."

1. He was the lamb without spot. "But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (I Peter 1:19).

2. He knew (by personal experience) no sin. "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him"  (II Corinthians 5:21).

3. The Jewish leaders accused him of breaking the law (concerning cleansing, washing the hands, and breaking the Sabbath), but he always gave answer to their accusations.

III. The Cross event.
A. At the cross, the immune system of Jesus was attacked through:
1. The mental and emotional and physical stress.
2. The open wounds including his stripes.
3. Then our sins and iniquities were laid upon him.  "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.   All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all"  (Isaiah 53:5-6).
B. Disease then had a legal right to attack him.
1. He body was marred more than any man. "As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men" (Isaiah 52:14).
2. Even his death on the cross was premature. "But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs"  ( John 19:33.)
C. Through his punishment for our sins, he offers healing.  "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." (I Peter 2:24). Please note that the verb "heal" is in the past tense.  We are to look back at what Jesus has already accomplished. See: "Receive Physical Healing"
IV. Application.
A. What part of the law did Jesus do away with?  "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil" (Matthew 5:17).  The obvious answer is "NONE".

B. Did he do away with the Moral Law? (Ten Commandments)  NO!  "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:19).

C. Did he do away with the health laws?  NO!  Let us look at two scriptures which may seem in contradiction. "But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself" (Daniel 1:8).  "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man" (Matthew 15:11).  The word "defile" is used in both verses. However, Daniel is speaking of his body where Jesus is speaking of the person.  Paul later wrote, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service"  (Romans 12:1).  It is difficult to present your body "a living sacrifice" when you are drinking, smoking, and violating the health laws.

D. Did he do away with the ceremonial law?  Yes, in one sense, in that he fulfilled it, so that we don't have to do it.  "Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;   Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second" (Hebrews 10:8-9).

E. Personal application:

1. We should trust that Jesus obeyed the moral law that he might be the perfect sacrifice for our sins and give us grace to overcome sin and obey the moral law.  "And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them" (Ezekiel 36:27).

2. We should trust that Jesus will give us the grace to receive healing and follow the health laws that we might remain healthy and not get sick again. (I Peter 2:24) (Philippians 2:13). See:  The Ability To Live.

3.  Trust that Jesus has fulfilled the ceremonial law and is spiritually in the process of fulfilling the prophecies concerning them that we don't have to do them.  Jesus will fulfill the Feast of Trumpets in the near future in the rapture event.  See: "The Rapture" (flash movie presentation).

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