God’s word for me today is in Haggai 2:12-13 which says:
“12 If someone carries consecrated meat in the fold of their garment, and that fold touches some bread or stew, some wine, olive oil or other food, does it become consecrated?’”
The priests answered, “No.”
13 Then Haggai said, “If a person defiled by contact with a dead body touches one of these things, does it become defiled?”
“Yes,” the priests replied, “it becomes defiled.””
This is pretty simple, right? If someone carried consecrated or holy meat with them in the folds of their clothes, and the clothes touch another piece of food, then that piece of food doesn’t become consecrated simply from being touched by the garment. But if anyone touches anything defiled, then they become defiled.
So clearly we have a choice, we can either choose not to touch the defiled things, or to touch them. We can become dirty or we can resist it. That is how some people might teach it, but the main point of the passage! Here is the main point of every passage: that Jesus died for our sins and rose again on the third day. How can we incorporate the Gospel into this passage? Well we were defiled, if anything that was pure touched us then it would become defiled (not like any person aside from Jesus is ever perfect). So we were defiled and we were going to die because of it, if someone commits a crime then they pay the penalty. Since we have sinned then we deserved the penalty.
You might be saying “This still isn’t the Gospel, how can we incorporate the Gospel into this passage instead of telling me that I’m a terrible sinner?” Telling you that you are a terrible sinner is just leading up to the Gospel, it explains why we need the Gospel. “Alright, so show me the Gospel!” Here it is: we were terribly defiled so we were going to die, right? But Jesus, who was and is consecrated and holy, came down from heaven to save us. Instead of touching us to make us holy, He died for us on a cross! All of the sacrifices that the Israelites had always made were to atone for their sins, but because Jesus was/is perfect, He atoned perfectly!
We are completely clean from our sin, we have been saved because of Jesus! Praise the Lord! We live because He died and rose from the grave!
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.