Thursday, January 6, 2011

Haggai 2:11-13

We have been to Michigan and Chicago these past few days.  We had a great time visiting with Grandma Alice.  The boys played music for her and she enjoyed it very much.  It was such a good visit, unlike past visits.  We prayed for her before we left and Tom prayed a blessing over her and she was pleased.  We have wished she was with us or closer to us but we will just have to make it a point to go see her more often. 

On the way we listened to several tapes by Vision Forum.  One guy introduced what he calls the Hug a Pig Principle.  I have thought about it often since then and have read several Bible versions to gain more clarification.  I have never heard it used the way he used it and I am really not sure why??

Haggai 2:11-13 (New International Version, ©2010)

11 “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Ask the priests what the law 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.”

By questioning the priests, Haggai establishes that an unclean thing can defile a clean thing (2:11–13).

First of all I know that my children and myself for that matter have to live in the world.  But I also know we are not to be of it.  Second I have not come to a complete understanding of this passage but I think it is very appropriate.  I mean I use to be told, I think as the boys have become older the questions don't come so often, that they should be salt to the world.  I am told that God uses young people just like He does the older.  Somehow I must have implied that I don't believe that as well.  I do believe that.  But what about the verses that say we are to be innocent?  That we should not walk, stand and sit with sinners. 

I think these verses say
1.  Cleanliness can not be transferred
2.  Defilement can be transferred

So if you hug a pig will the pig become clean or will you become dirty?

What are your thoughts? 


Lisa said...

Your commitment to keep your blog up is awesome! I applaud you. You my friend, are a deep thinker.
I'm going to be perfectly honest with you here...I struggle with comparisons. When I read your blog and hear about how your family lives their lives, I feel horribly inadequate. At the same time, I know that how WE live is right and ok for us. I'm not you, you're not me. So, if I don't always comment, know that I'm wrestling with feeling "good enough". We eat mostly processed foods (if it has more than 3 steps and can't be on the table in under 30 isn't happening.) From scratch?!? Ha! A pipe dream.
I do love reading your thoughts, sometimes I just need to wrestle with my own before I can respond :)

Angela ~ said...

Lisa I am blessed by your heart and honesty. Really you know how when someone leaves a comment and you can see them as if they are right there saying it?! You are right, God has His plan for each of our lives and each family is different. Believe me I am not all you read me to be. Thank God He sees His son when He looks at me and what I will become one day. I love you and may God truly bless you IN YOUR family.