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Turn From Dead Works

John Collins05/29/2012
In the second year of Darius, the Lord spoke through the prophet Haggai in Haggai 2.

Through Haggai, God asked the priests about the Law: "If someone carries holy meat in the fold of his garment and touches with his fold bread or stew or wine or oil or any kind of food, does it become holy?"

The priests answered that it did not.

Then God asked, "If someone who is unclean by contact with a dead body touches any of these, does it become unclean?"

The priests answered that it did become unclean.

Through Haggai, God spoke to them, telling them that it was the same for them.  The children of Israel, the entire nation, and all of the works done with their hands was unclean.  What they offered to God was unclean.

The Law had failed, and the people had turned away from God.  Their old ways of serving the Lord had became more tradition than service.

God asked them to consider their works from the building of their temple, how that His blessings were not with them.  But, God said, from that day forward He would bless them.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we serve God with our hearts and minds, or just by the way we live our lives?  Do we continue in the tradition of our fathers, thinking that the rules we live by will save our souls from hell?  Has our ways became unclean before Him?  

Yet, through all of this, God is blessing us!