My Precept Bible study group is currently studying Ezra and Haggai. A remnant of Israelites had returned from Babylonian captivity under orders of Cyrus, king of the Persian empire. After building the foundation of the temple, the Jews were discouraged and frightened by their enemies and all work on the temple ceased for approximately 14 years. The Lord was not happy with them and sent them the prophet Haggai, also, Zechariah, but Haggai is where we are studying. In chapter 2 the Lord of hosts, through Haggai, questions the priests concerning the law.
“If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said, No.
Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these unclean by a dead body touch any of these shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean.
Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the LORD: and so is every work of their hands: and that which they offer there is unclean.” Hag. 2:12-14.
What is your input on how or if these examples have application for those of us under the new covenant? Thank you for any insights you might offer.