Haggai 2:10-19 — The difference between impurity and holiness


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After Zechariah gave his message, it was Haggai’s turn.  And here he shows us one of the differences between impurity and holiness.

To give a bit of background, in Mosaic law, after the altar was anointed, it became holy, and anything that touched it became holy  (Exodus 29:37).  What Haggai was asking about here, was if holiness could be transmitted second hand.  If meat touched the altar, it became holy.  But if food touched that consecrated meat, the holiness didn’t pass on to that food.

In other words, holiness can’t be passed on second hand.  Holiness doesn’t come from merely walking in a church, or fellowshipping with godly people.  Holiness certainly didn’t spread from the prophets to the people for most of Israel’s history.  And for most of their history, despite going to the tabernacle and temple to offer their sacrifices, these things didn’t affect their actions the rest of…

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