MONDAY JANUARY 14, 2019
THEME: WASH AND BE CLEAN
TEXT: EXODUS 30:17-21
17. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 18. Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein. 19. For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat: 20. When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD: 21. So they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not: and it shall be a statute for ever to them, even to him and to his seed throughout their generations.
In Biblical studies, one of the great facts we learn is that the “Old Testament” is the New Testament contained, while the New Testament is the Old Testament fulfilled.” Exodus 30, therefore, contains prescription of elements of worship in the Tabernacle as God dictated to Moses. The bowl of bronze described in the passage is meant to be used by priests who are the leaders of worship to wash their feet and hands before moving on to offer sacrifices at the altar
A deeper study of the letter to the Hebrews (especially Hebrews 8-20) shows that those elements and procedures of worship in the Old Testament were ‘a copy and shadow of what is in heaven’ (Heb. 8:5). Peter did not understand that the washing of his feet and those of the other disciples by Jesus Christ pointed to a much deeper and inner cleansing which comes through the ultimate sacrifice of the Lord-begotten Son of God. The washing with water and blood of goats and bulls offered outwards or ceremonial cleansing, whereas, the blood of Jesus Christ has power for inner sanctification and transformation. ‘How much more then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our conscience from acts that leads to death, so that we may serve the living God!’ (Heb. 9:14). The blood is essential in cleansing from sin and if you have not been washed by the blood of Christ, you are not part of Him.
The most effective and efficient tool for human regeneration and transformation of society is the Good News of Jesus Christ. When a person receives forgiveness from the Lord and repents of evil and wickedness, he or she has a change of focus and perspective on life and offers positive contributions for his or her own good and the good of the society. The best weapon against corruption, nepotism, injustice and dishonesty is the power of the gospel. Let us explore it. Be cleansed inside and outside.
HYMN EMHB 319
1: WEARY souls, that wander wide
From the central point of bliss,
Turn to Jesus crucified,
Fly to those dear wounds of His:
Sink into the purple flood;
Rise into the life of God.
2: Find in Christ the way of peace,
Peace unspeakable, unknown;
By His pain He gives you ease,
Life by His expiring groan:
Rise, exalted by His fall;
Find in Christ your all in all.
3: O believe the record true:
God to you His Son hath given.
Ye may now be happy too,
Find on earth the life of heaven,
Live the life of heaven above,
All the life of glorious love.
John 13:8 “’No,’ said Peter, ‘You shall never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘unless I wash you, you have no part with me’”
Wash me clean with Your Blood which is the spiritual water and put Your righteousness in me O Lord. Amen.
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