The term mold us used interchangeably in the bible as mold, mildew and leprosy. Mold is comparative to mildew.
Mold is also a fungus growth that can cause a break down of organic matter, where as mildew is a superficial coating or diswcoloration of organic matericals such as paper, paint, cloth or even leather and much more.
In Deuteronomy 28:1-2, 15, the folks of Israel were promised blessings for obedience to God's word. They were also told that if they fully obeyed the Lord their God and would carefully follow all of His commands, the Lord thy God promised to set them above all nations on Earth. However, if they did not obey the Lord God and did not carefully obey all of His commands and decrees, curses would come upon them and over take them. So, mold or mildew is seen in Deuteronomy 28: 22 as part of the curse for disobedience. The Lord promised " to strike you with wasting disease, fever and inflamation, scorching heat and drought, blight and mildew which will plague you until you perish". Again, mildew is mentioned by King Solomon in his prayer of dedication of the people as a potential curse and punishment for disobedience in 1 Kings 8: 37: 38. Solomon prays unto god and says " that when famine or plague comes to the land, or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers, or when an enemy besieges them in any of their cities, what ever disaster or disease may come, and when a prayer or plea is made by any of your people of Israel - each one aware of of the afflications of his own heart and spreading out his hands towards this temple, then hear from heaven your dwelling place." The same prayer of dedication is recorded again in 2 Chronicles 6:28 and repeats the curse of mildew. Solomon prays and asks god to forgive and deal with each man according to all he does, since God alone knows the hearts of men.
Again, the people of Israel are found guilty of idolatry and abuse of the righteous and exploitation of the poor. God sends forth judgement upon them and states in Amos 4:9 "Many times I have struck your gardens and vineyards with blight and mildew. Locusts devoured your fig and olive trees, yet you have not trturned to me, declares the Lord."
The People of Israel have suffered from the curse of mildew becasue of their unwillingness to serve God. They are called a rebellious and stiff necked people by God. For they know that the law of God states in Deuteronomy 28 that obedience brings blessings and disobedience brings judgement. Haggai, another prophet of God reveals to us in Haggai 2:17, that God's people are reminded of the punishment they have endured from previous disobedience to God. God states, " I struck all the work of your hands with blight and mildew and hail, yet you did not return to me declares the Lord". During the times of punishment, mold and or mildew was always a part of the curse upon God's people because of its destructive ability.
The Bible, the word of God has specific regulations concerning mold and mildew in the book of Leviticus. These regulations cover clothing, especially clothing of wool, linen, knitted or leather. If the clothing was contaminated it appeared greenish or reddish in coldor. The color indicated that it was a spreading mold and must be shown to the priest. The priest, after examing the material would isolate the item for 7 days. On the seventh day he reexamines the item and if the mold or mildew has spread in the clothing item it is declared a destructive mold or mildew and the priest commanded that the items be washed. After the clothing is washed and it yet again reexamined by the priest. If the mold or mildew has not changed its appearance through washing and isolation, even if it is not spread, it is declared unclean and must be burned with fire. If the reexamination of the clothing shows that the mold has faded after the article has been washed, the contaminated portion of the clothing is torn out. If the mold reappears in the item again, it must be burned with fire. If mold or the mildew does not reappear, the item is to be washed again and it will be clean.
These regulations were given to the children of Israel to maintain cleanliness and holiness. These guidelines provide a formula to maintain a holy life style before god. The command of God before the children of Israel was to "be holy, because I am holy."
Instructions for cleansing from mold and mildew in the word of God were given to Moses and Aaron in the Book of Liviticus. As they were given the land of Canaan asw a possession they were commanded to maintain homes free of mold and mildew. If the owner of a home saw mold or mildew in their home they were commanded to tell the priest. The priest would then order ever thing in the home to be removed to prevent the house hold posessions from being pronouned unclean. The priest then goes into the house to inspect the walls. If the walls were greenish or reddish in color, the priest would order the house to be closed for 7 days. After 7 days the priest would return to do a reinspection. If the priest found that the mold or mildew had spread on the walls then the contaminated wall stones were ordered to be torn out and thrown into an unclean place out side of the city. The remaining inside walls and stones are scraped and washed. The scrapings from the remaining walls are also thrown in an unclean place out side of the city. New stones and plaster are then used to rebuild the walls and plaster the house. If the mold reappears after this has been done, the priest will reinspect the house and officially pronounce the spread of the destructive mold and the house will be officially unclean. Also, anyone who enters unto the house while it is officially closed and sleeps or east in the house during this time is considered unclean until evening and must wash their clothes. The house must be torn down, its stones, timbers and all the plaster. Every part of the house must be removed and taken to an unclean place out side of the city. But, if the priest finds that the mold has not reappeared after new stones and plaster have been used to rebuild the walls, the house will be officially pronounced clean, because the mold is gone.
God's intent is to dwell with his people. In order for God to accomplish this goal, the people and their dwellings must be clean. Mold is destructive and must be brough under control. If not, mold will destroy every place it touches. Therefore, keeping the laws of cleansing given by God is a command, not an option!
I know this has been quite lengthy and quite detailed but I wanted to share this with others and what the Holy Bible has to say about mold and mildew and the dangers it presents to us even during our times. I have given you facts in the past but wanted to share what the bible has to say about it and what to do about it.
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