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Re: Touched vs Applied?  (Isaiah 6:7)

Down at the cross where my Savior died,
Down where for cleansing from sin I cried,
There to my heart was the blood -applied-
Glory to His name

Play/Hear it

I suspect many of you have not heard this song in ages. If all you've
ever known is the so-called 'worship' music, you've likely -never-
heard it.

Just a brief lesson on how a translation can either give full Saving
doctrine, or water it down, as it relates to God's justification of the
sinner.

Isaiah sees a vision of God in His holiness, and bewails, "Woe is me! 
for I am undone!" (Is6:5) and continues on, speaking of his state of
"uncleanness".

Then, God provides cleansing for Isaiah. A seraph takes a "live coal"
from the altar and it says, "And he applied it to my mouth and said,
Lo, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away, and 
your sin is purged." (vs7)

Please notice the word "applied" there. If you look in most 
translations, you will see the word "touched". Certainly, "touch" is 
one of the definitions of the word. But KJV comes closer to the meaning 
here when it says, "laid".

God's impartation of Eternal Life, and cleansing from sin does not 
happen like Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam" on the Sistine Chapel 
ceiling, where God is depicted as reaching down with His 'finger' and
'touching' the sinner. It is not that pagan concept of the "divine 
-spark-".

Sin is a cancerous sore and festering boil. It is the rottenness of
that filty "menstruation cloth". (Is64:6) When a person has a sore or
boil, it is not merely 'touched', but healing balms are "applied" to
the ailment.

When a debt is being covered, one does not merely look up the account, 
and browse around. One does not merely "-touch- base" with the person 
one intends to help. No; funds are "applied" to the loan/debt.

Yes, there were many 'sprinklings' of blood in the O.T. But notice that
salvation from the death angel required that blood be -applied- to the
doorway. They actually took the hyssop and "struck" the blood to the
doorway. (Ex12:22)

There are many so-called 'christians' who have been "in -touch-" with
Jesus. They have gone forward and repeated some magical words after
hearing His name mentioned and spoken; but then they go home, in their
hearts, as it were saying to Jesus: "Nice to have met You. Let's keep
in 'touch'"...and then, walking away, go home to continue living their
lives of sin. Such a 'touch' does not save.

Have you been "touched by the Master's hand", or has the "righteousness
of God" (Rom1:17, 3:5, 2Cor5:21) been imputed/applied/accounted to you?
(Rom4:5,6,9)

Amen!