Saturday, January 15, 2011

NIPTO, Day 342

Whew! Today has been a whirlwind!
I got up and got ready for the day and then headed to Brandon's house for youth leadership. We planned a bunch of stuff for the next couple of months. So that's exciting!
After that we went to Wooster to meet up with Uncle Randy, Aunt Mary Jo, Kata, and Troy! It was super fun to catch up with everyone :)
After we caught up with them, we went to Coccia House for dinner. Awesomesauce pizza. Seriously, the sauce was awesome. Super good pizza. And then we came home. And I had officially been gone for 10 hours.
So we watched some TV (What Not To Wear and Psych) and now I'm blogging. And will probably go to bed after this.

Sooooo NIPTO?

Haggai 2:10-19
 10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Haggai: 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.”

God decided to ask the priests some questions. And here's what he asked them: If someone carries "holy" food of some sort, does what they're carrying it with become holy? The answer... uhhh 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.”

Then God (through Haggai) asked if a person who was defiled by touching a dead person touches something else, does whatever that person touch become defiled? The answer: Yes, yes it does. 

 14 Then Haggai said, “‘So it is with this people and this nation in my sight,’ declares the LORD. ‘Whatever they do and whatever they offer there is defiled.

God saw the people of that time as defiled. Whatever they did and offered was seen as defiled because they weren't a holy and consecrated people.

 15 “‘Now give careful thought to this from this day on—consider how things were before one stone was laid on another in the LORD’s temple. 16 When anyone came to a heap of twenty measures, there were only ten. When anyone went to a wine vat to draw fifty measures, there were only twenty. 17 I struck all the work of your hands with blight, mildew and hail, yet you did not return to me,’ declares the LORD.

Give careful thought. That is a phrase that is used a whole lot in this book. It seems like these people didn't think carefully about anything, really. But maybe they did. But God told them to think carefully and to think about how things were before anything had been laid for His temple. When things weren't as plentiful. God had plagued them, but they didn't go back to him.

18 ‘From this day on, from this twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, give careful thought to the day when the foundation of the LORD’s temple was laid. Give careful thought: 19 Is there yet any seed left in the barn? Until now, the vine and the fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree have not borne fruit.
   “‘From this day on I will bless you.’”

God told them that, from that day on, they were to think carefully about the day when the foundation of the temple was laid. They were to think about what they had. Because from that day forward God said he would bless him. 

That is all for tonight.
May God bless you from this day on.

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