| Back to Home Page | Back to Book Index |

 

Human Body

 

Leprosy

William Barclay described what a leper looks like:

        “The whole appearance of the face is changed, till the man loses his human appearance and looks, as the ancients said, ‘like a lion or a satyr.’ The bodules grow larger and larger. They ulcerate. From them there comes a foul discharge. The eyebrows fall out, the eyes become staring. The voice becomes hoarse and the victim wheezes because of the ulceration of the vocal chords. The hands and feet always ulcerate. Slowly the sufferer becomes a mass of ulcerated growths. The average course of the disease is nine years, and it ends in mental decay, coma, and ultimately death. The sufferer becomes utterly repulsive-both to himself and to others.” ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

HUMANKIND

A 150 pound man is made up of:

92.4 lbs. oxygen

31.5 lbs. carbon

14.6 lbs. hydrogen

4.6 lbs. nitrogen

2.8 lbs. phosphorous

1.12 lbs. chlorine

1.02 lbs. iron

0.34 lbs potassium

0.24 lbs. sulphur

0.12 lbs sodium

0.04 lbs magnesium

0.02 lbs. flourine

── Source Unknown.

 

CARNAL

         What is carnality? According to the Greek dictionary, it means to have the nature and characteristics of the flesh (or more simply, it means "fleshly"). What, then , is the flesh? Sometimes it refers to the whole material part of man (1 Corinthians 15:39; Hebrews 5:7), and based on this meaning, carnal sometimes relates to material things like money (Romans 15:27) or to the opposite of our weapons of spiritual warfare (2 Corinthians 10:4). But the word flesh also has a metaphorical sense when it refers to our disposition to sin and to oppose or omit God in our lives. The flesh is characterized by works that include lusts and passions (Galatians 5:19-24; I John 2:16); it can enslave (Romans 7:25); and in it is nothing good (Romans 7:18). Based on this meaning of the word flesh, to be carnal means to be characterized by things that belong to the unsaved life (Ephesians 2:3). ── Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, Victor Books, 1989, pp. 59-60.


         For truth is precious and divine,

         Too rich a pearl for carnal swine.

── Samuel Butler