Matthew 15:1-2,7-9 (NIV)
Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, "Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don't wash their hands before they eat!"
You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
"'These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
their teachings are but rules taught by men.'"
His instruction to ignore this rule of the elders made his followers sick:
1 Timothy 5:23
Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
Of course everyone knows you have to wash your hands before you eat or the germs on your hands will make you sick. But surely the elders didn't know about germs?
Here's some info on Shibta by John Lightfoot (1602-1675). He said:
To these most rigid canons they added also bugbears and ghosts to affright them.
It was the business of Shibta. Where the Gloss is, "Shibta was one of the demons who hurt them that wash not their hands before meat." The Aruch writes thus, "Shibta is an evil spirit which sits upon men's hands in the night: and if any touch his food with unwashen hands, that spirit sits upon that food, and there is danger from it."
Note, John Lightfoot quoted this about 200 years before germ theory was first stated, so, he could laugh but if you were explaining to a child why they had to wash their hands, what would you say?
“Well, there are these invisible creatures that are on your hands and that can make you sick if you don't wash them off before you touch food that's going to go into your mouth.”
Sounds a lot like a Shibta doesn't it?
But Jesus didn't believe in Shibta and didn't know about germs so he could not possibly be God.
To be fair, I don't think he ever said he was.
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I've previously posted on this in two other articles:
Demons and Personal Hygiene
Elders and the Spirit of the Unwashed Hands
but they are pretty technical and not so easy to read.