Unclean

Haggai 2:10–14 (NKJV)

10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying, 11 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Now, ask the priests concerning the law, saying, 12 “If one carries holy meat in the fold of his garment, and with the edge he touches bread or stew, wine or oil, or any food, will it become holy?” ’ ”

Then the priests answered and said, “No.”

13 And Haggai said, “If one who is unclean because of a dead body touches any of these, will it be unclean?”

So the priests answered and said, “It shall be unclean.”

14 Then Haggai answered and said, “ ‘So is this people, and so is this nation before Me,’ says the Lord, ‘and so is every work of their hands; and what they offer there is unclean.

The Lord offers Haggai an object lesson regarding the ceremonial laws concerning sacrifices to God offered in the temple.  He asks “If a priest is carrying holy meat (meat offered to God as a sacrifice), and it touches another item of food, will it make that other item of food holy?”  Haggai correctly answers “No.”  He then offers Haggai another question concerning uncleanness.  “If someone unclean from touching a dead body touches another, will they be unclean?”  Haggai again answers correctly by saying “Yes.”  The Lord then applies this principle to the Jews, suggesting that just because they offer sacrifices and go through the motions of worship, it does not make them holy.  Also, He says that their uncleanness is contagious, spreading to family and friends and creating a very culture of sinfulness.  

What does this mean for men and women, families and churches today?  Playing church and going through the motions will not save you, nor will it make you holy.  Your sin will actually draw those around you away from God and into your sin.  Sin is never an isolated incident.  It has tentacles and roots that will pervade your environment and suffocate the work of God in those around you.  Only true repentance and spiritual worship will make you clean.  Don’t let your sin remain.  Be truly clean by seeking God genuinely and walking with Him wholly.

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