Graveside service, dental appointment, visit to my daughter’s family, pastoral (retired!) visits, coffee and more. What a week.
The most interesting part was finally getting into the abandoned house we had bought. The boarded up edifice had sat there for three years with no one in or out. As we prepared to enter, we were not sure what we were entering!
On went full face masks, boots and coveralls. We borrowed a horse trailer to contain the household garbage. Two full trailer loads headed to the dump, with a third ready to go. And that was only 3/4 of the first floor – there is still a basement (which is even fuller) and an upstairs. To say the previous occupant was a hoarder is to understate the situation.
As we finished the day, we removed our protective outwear. We did not want to run across someone and contaminate them with whatever evil we had encountered in the house. We washed and were ready to meet people – the next large gathering was a church service the following day.
I’ve been ready the Old Testament book of Ezekiel. In the 44th chapter, verse 19, the priests, who have gone into God’s house, are told to wear protective gear. When they leave at the end of their shift, they are told to leave that gear behind. Just in case they brush up against someone and contaminate them with holiness.
The likeness of both situations is striking. There is something deeply disturbing about bacteria and contaminates in our abandoned house. There is something deeply disturbing about godliness and holiness in God’s house.
Take a stab at this one!
Why were the priests told not to transmit holiness to the people? What was to be feared about this contamination?