Mike Gerhardt 5-21-17, Haggai 2:10-14, Outline 3, Contagious Health. I remember when they first started the insurance called HMO - hand the money over. It was then I realized that a doctor is the only person who enjoys someone in poor health, and is paid even when they say they can’t do anything for you. OI heard one patient explain to another: the way health costs are going up, I don’t know how much longer I can afford to be a hypochondriac.
A medical student spent his summer working as a butcher during the day and a hospital orderly at night. Both jobs involved wearing a white coat. One night, he was instructed to wheel a patient on a stretcher into surgery. The patient looked up and screamed, My goodness no way I’m going for surgery, it’s my butcher. Someone who is frequently ill, remarked to me: being around healthy people always makes me sick. Now remember it is true that being around healthy people won’t make you healthy but being around sick people can make you sick. Haggai’s message is that just because you handle things that are holy doesn’t make you holy. The sin of dilatory – delaying, stalling, procrastinating, being sluggardly (how many have used that in a sentence recently).
Thomas Huxley, known as Darwin’s Bulldog said the most important lesson in your education is learning to do the thing you have to do when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not. Procrastination is the assassination of motivation. You put off something long enough, it will never get done.
Transmitted Holiness. What is meant by consecration? Totally separated for God. To be sacred is to be sanctified for only God’s use. God wants hearts of worship first, before hands of service. Obedience of the heart should come before legalistic sacrifices 1 Samuel 15:13-14 and 22-23. Saul disobeyed God taking the spoils and sacrificing some of them to God when God wanted obedience.
What does the law say: Leviticus 6:27? Whatever touches the sacrifice becomes holy? Exodus 29:37 - the altar of God. The garment carrying the meat was holy but what touched the garment was not holy.
Second degree contact and second generation Christianity.
Transmitted Sinfulness. Easier to fall into sin than to fall into righteousness. The sewage test: whenever you fly over Dallas or Houston, you see hundreds of light blue squares, rectangles, and circles populating the backyards of suburbia. As a lifeguard, I had to keep the pool I serviced sparkling clean. An Olympic size swimming pool has over 660,000 gallons of water. If I were to pour into that pool only 1 gallon of raw sewage, would you swim in it? Probably not. So how much sin does it take to make a person sinful?
You may say: but pastor I don’t feel sinful, as a matter of fact I feel more holy than that person or this person. A teen challenged a pastor: you say the unsaved carry a weight of sin, I feel nothing. How heavy is sin? Ten pounds? Eighty pounds? The pastor replied: if you laid a 400-pound weight on a corpse, would it feel the load? The spirit that is dead in sin feels nothing of the burden and is indifferent to the weight.
Thomas Fuller a great theologian said: He that falls into sin is a person; that grieves the sin is a saint; that boasts of sin, is of the devil.
The germ warfare has really gotten out of hand. These invisible enemies have taken down the powerful people. We just want another antibiotic. A pill that will cleanse us from these germs. There are no pills for getting rid of sin, only the blood of Jesus. He is the only one who can make us perfect. The closest any of us come to perfection without Jesus is when we fill out an eHarmony submission form or a job application. But that still doesn’t make us clean.
We can help by avoiding contamination. You know where you are weak and vulnerable. You know that you must stay away from certain, people, websites, entertainment. AA sometimes recommends moving away from your town to avoid the bars your frequented. Just confessing that we are sinners and in need constant cleansing is the first step to healing and holiness. The Need for Constant Cleansing.
1 John 1:9 should be a verse we should all know: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
President Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation April 30, 1863: We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
D.L. Moody said: the children of God are not perfect, but they are perfectly His children. We are perfectly forgiven and perfectly cleansed when we confess our faults to God.
In Matthew 5:48 it says we are to be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect. We are to be perfectly holy with Jesus holiness. We are not called to be frustrated with our sinfulness but to be perfectly joyful in His holiness.
A Sunday school teacher asked her class: can anyone tell me what you must do before you can obtain forgiveness? There was a long pause then a small boy suggested sheepishly: SIN?
Zechariah spoke the word of the Lord to the same people one month earlier a similar message. God is able to cleanse us if only we confess our faults and repent of our sins. Spiritual health is a gift from God that is kept by spirit filled discipline and daily cleansing.