Dangerous Holiness

I came across an interesting verse:

“This is where the priests will cook the meat from the guilt offerings and sin offerings and bake the flour from the grain offerings into bread. They will do it here to avoid carrying the sacrifices through the outer courtyard and endangering the people by transmitting holiness to them.”

The part that says to avoid carrying the sacrifices through the outer courtyard and endangering the people by transmitting holiness to them is what caught my attention.

I’m not going to exegete this; there are plenty of folks out there who can do that for you. What struck me was the tantalizing possibility of a holiness that was deadly. Just like the story of Uzzah touching the ark, Ananias and Sapphira lying about land or Simon the sorcerer wanting Spirit power, divine holiness is dangerous, very dangerous.

Like a lineman working on a high voltage line, you have to become a part of the power; if you try to hold on to the natural while grabbing the supernatural, you may find yourself in trouble.

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