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75. Holy Seed / Holy Flesh



Holy seed:

The phrase "holy seed" is the proof text that we should baptise infants where one or both parents profess faith. We are called ideally to marry fellow believers to produce covenant children, who are denoted "holy":

Ezra 9:2 - "For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass."

Isaiah 6:13 - "But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof."

Jeremiah 11:15 - "What hath my beloved to do in mine house, seeing she hath wrought lewdness with many, and the holy flesh is passed from thee? when thou doest evil, then thou rejoicest."

Malachi 2:15 - "And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth."


Even if only one parent is a true believer, the unbelieving partner is denoted as "sanctified," i.e. set apart, and the children are denoted as "holy":

1 Corinthians 7:14 - "For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy."


Holy flesh:

But if both partners are unbelievers, even if they have grown up in the church, this holiness is removed from the family line:

Jeremiah 11:15 - "What hath my beloved to do in mine house, seeing she hath wrought lewdness with many, and the holy flesh is passed from thee? when thou doest evil, then thou rejoicest."


In a completely different context, the term "holy flesh" can be used to denote the meat that has been set apart from a common to a holy use for the sacrifices:

Haggai 2:12 - "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."