The Old Switcheroo
Read Haggai Chapter 2
Hag 2:10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Haggai: 11 “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Ask the priests what the law says: 12 If a person carries consecrated meat in the fold of his garment, and that fold touches some bread or stew, some wine, 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.” 14 Then Haggai said, “ ‘So it is with this people and this nation in My sight,’ declares the LORD. ‘Whatever they do and whatever they offer there is defiled.
Things don’t always work “both ways.” You have probably heard a conversation something like this: Person 1: “I’m glad you called. I had not heard from you in a long time and was wondering why.” Person 2:”The phone works both ways.” That is true. If any of us wish to talk to someone, we can simply pick up a phone and call or we can Skype (not me). Many situations in life are reciprocal. The issue goes both ways. But this passage from Haggai is an exception.
The Lord asked Haggai if something which touches consecrated meat then becomes consecrated. The answer was “No.” Consecration doesn’t automatically pass down the line to everything with which it comes into contact. Then the Lord asked if something pure touches a defiled item, does it then also becomes defiled. The answer this time was “Yes.” The “rule” doesn’t work both ways. Consecrated items do not always cleanse something unclean. But unclean things always pollute the consecrated. In this analogy, it is easy to see an application to SSA marriage. We see today’s world becoming more comfortable with same-sex partnerships and marriages. We see mankind attempting to change the rules of marriage as though they somehow believe that God has no authority in the matter. Mankind has forgotten who initiated the standard for marriage.
Marriage is a sacred institution, created by God Himself in the Garden of Eden. We see the holiness of Godly marriage throughout the bible, with the ultimate example represented by our “marriage” to God at the end time. We are His holy bride, as followers of Christ. When our Lord binds a man and a woman together in a marriage of which He has ordained, that marriage is a holy union as long as the husband and wife are alive.
Just because two people claim to be married does not make their marriage holy. A marriage is holy because God has created and consecrated the union. If two people live together with a marriage certificate in the drawer, and have not the blessing and consecration from God, the sanctity of marriage is immediately defiled. Let’s try to make it simpler.
A marriage sanctioned by God is a holy, consecrated union between a male husband and a female wife. However, the institution of marriage does not purify a union between two same-sex partners.. On the other hand, when an unholy partnership attempts to purify their relationship through marriage (even if it is a heterosexual couple), the impurity carries over into the institution of marriage. That marriage then becomes defiled. Holiness does not automatically transfer onto what it encounters. But impurity is likely to spoil and defile everything it touches.
Have we stretched the analogy too far? Maybe, but the conclusions reached in the last paragraph are true nonetheless.
Here is one other application. God’s church is another holy, consecrated institution. It was established by God as a part of His plan to bring mankind to Him in purity. But a sinner who walks through the doors of a church is not automatically purified. On the other hand, if a church begins to be filled with false prophets who teach heresy, and a congregation who enjoys false teaching, that church has become defiled.
Prayer: Lord, we weep over how far away from You our society has wandered. We mourn over those we know who have believed the lie. But we do not make any boast about our own righteousness. We have none, except that which Christ has bestowed upon us. Instead of boasting, we pray that You continue to speak to our hearts and prevent us from believing as the world believes. We boast only in Jesus Christ, who has rescued us from false teachers.