21. Dust off this world

Last week we had a look at the bronze altar in the outer court of the Temple. And we realized that if we have any idols in our lives that we should sacrifice them there and follow Jesus, the Lamb slain for us with our utmost devotion.

Today I want us to have a look at the sea of cast bronze close to the altar. This sea was used to cleanse the priests. They had to wash their hands and feet every time when they entered the Temple and just their hands when they offered something on the altar. They had to be cleansed of all dust and dirt. They shouldn't carry with them anything that represents the earth into the Holy Place. In those days the priests walked barefoot, to convey that they were standing on holy ground and also to resemble that they are spiritually newborn people. But as they walked everywhere, the dust and the mud of this world clung to their feet and therefore God wanted them to wash it off. God was so strict about the washing; He said that they will die if they don't wash (Exodus 30:20, 21). This might sound very harsh, but let us think about it.

They were representing God to the people. They had to be cleansed. They had to portray a vision of the Holy God to them. Plus God didn't want anything from this world to enter into His Temple. He was (and still is) holy and nothing unholy is allowed in His presence. Thus He wanted to protect them from His holiness. And therefore they had to be cleansed.

Now for us this is symbolic of a number of things. First of all it shows us that as we enter into the Holy Place, God wants us to leave everything of this world behind. He wants us to focus on Him. He doesn't want us to think of all our worries and cares and all the worldly orders as we approach Him. He wants us focused on Him and His Kingdom. Jesus Himself said:

"But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you." Matthew 6:33

Secondly doesn't washing of feet remind you of Jesus washing His disciples' feet? He washed it for several reasons, but I would just like to focus on one. When Jesus wanted to wash Peter's feet, Peter resisted and then Jesus said to him:

"Unless I wash you, you have no part with Me." John 13:8

Peter then reacted and asked that Jesus wash everything of him. But it wasn't necessary; Jesus was only interested in the feet. Why? Because with salvation comes total cleansing of all sins. And then from there on, we only need to wash our feet from the stain of sin we walk in in this world. Allow me to quote what 'got questions' say about this:

'When we come to Christ for the washing of our sins, we can be sure that is permanent and complete. No act can cleanse us further from our sin, as our sin has been exchanged for the perfect righteousness of Christ on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21). But we do need continual cleansing from the effects of living in the flesh in a sin-cursed world. The continual washing of sanctification is done by the power of the Holy Spirit, who lives within us, through the "washing of water by the Word" (Ephesians 5:26), given to us to equip us for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).'

We need to wash our hands and feet regularly in the Spirit. We need to cleanse ourselves, not to be saved or even to draw close to God, but to free us from this world and its influences. Jesus has set us free and opened the way for us, now it is our turn to let go and to bask in the freedom that He bought for us. When we let go of all the influences in this world, we will be lighter, we will feel lighter and we will experience a deeper spiritual walk with God. Let us make His Kingdom our primary concern. Let us look up and walk as the newly born spiritual people that we are. Cleansed by the blood and the Word.

Thank you so much Father that we can be free from this world. Thank you that You freed us and bought our freedom with Your Son's blood. We are eternally grateful and we want to walk in Your pathways, cleansed by You. Amen


1 comment for “21. Dust off this world”

  1. Gravatar of Anel HendersonAnel Henderson
    Posted Monday, 26 November 2018 at 6:02:29 AM

    Dankie Ilze vir jou wyse woorde, altyd daar as ek geestelike voedsel nodig het:-)

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