24th February 2011

Touch Not!

“And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”
2 Corinthians 6:16-17 (KJV)

“Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using; after the commandments and doctrines of men.”
Colossians 2:21-22 (KJV)

“DON’T TOUCH THE GIRLS!” Rang out the strident voice from a portly female running down the hall towards me! I was about to go in through the door of the data entry room at a large customers centre. There was a fault on a piece of equipment, the call to which I had responded. First time on this site. Multiple thoughts raced through my mind, but the cause of the command came clear as I saw the carpet covering the data entry room floor—a nylon-blend, notorious for static electricity. Walk over it and you became charged with it. Touch the girls before touching the earthed equipment and there would be a shock as the static discharged.

In my choice of verses out of many that say touch not, I have shown an example of God making the command, because its consequences will corrupt the individual. For instance lying for personal gain, seeking to live dangerously with pornography, in essence, living contrary to the word of God. I am sure that many examples will spring to mind.

The second example is from the world of men.  It does not corrupt man in the same way, but it could have an immediate consequence, as in the static I mentioned, or could be a completely empty, pointless ritual as in worshiping an idol.

Our duty is to be thoughtful in all things to keep ourselves from any pollution of our minds. Life for so many is described as happenstance, as they bounce between life’s problems. So be thoughtful, stay clean, don’t bounce!

Father, in your love for us, grant us the daily clarity of mind to stay free from the corruptions that flood against our minds.  We want to live in dedication to your service, worthy in your sight, to represent you here on earth.

Study by Eric Wood 

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