The cook laid out the raw meat on the cutting board and cut the portions to size. Then, he put the meat in the pan and retrieved lettuce and tomatoes from the fridge for the salad. He placed the veggies ( I know... fruit in the case of the tomato) on the cutting board to cut and slice.
"Wait a minute! The raw meat juices are still on that board!"
Not to worry… the cleanliness of the tomatoes will certainly purify the cutting board. A word (actually two words) to the cook: "You're fired!"
"Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Ask now the priests for a ruling: "If a man carries holy meat in the fold of his garment, and touches bread with this fold, or cooked food, wine, oil, or any other food, will it become holy?'" And the priests answered, "No." Then Haggai said, "If one who is unclean from a corpse touches any of these, will the latter become unclean?" And the priests answered, "It will become unclean." Then Haggai said, ""So is this people. And so is this nation before Me,' declares the LORD, "and so is every work of their hands; and what they offer there is unclean. (Haggai 2:11-14)
That is why a life of compromise will not work. Our goodness simply cannot make sin pure. I cannot approach life with the attitude that I will excuse sin in my life and my goodness will overcome it because I do more good things than I do bad. Nothing works that way. Not really.
That is why my only hope is to be made pure by the power of Christ through my faith, and then take my stand, steadfast, living faithfully before Him, and depending on His forgiveness when I fall short.
“Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE, says the Lord. AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me, Says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Cor 6:17-18)
By Jon W. Quinn
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From Expository Files 18.2; January 2011