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. Exodus 30:21 (KJV)
So many times we thing we can just utter some words and be in the presence of holy God. For a lost soul who finds themselves convicted of their sins, and believing all they need do is call out to the LORD in their distress, sorrow, and grief over their sin; and He does hear them, and delivers them.
The people of God who are God’s priests – every believer is a priest of God – we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). By that is meant that we must maintain the regular reading, study, commitment, devotion and application of God’s word in our lives. How dare any of us who are saved, and not spending daily time with God in prayer, study and hearing the word of God, and not applying it to our lives; and think that we can live in His presence without recourse, and remorse.
The brass laver mentioned in the Exodus text above is a picture of the need for the priest whose duties was to enter the holy place, and the High Priest once per year entering the Most Holy place, with blood, for the sacrifice of sins for the people.
Washing the hands that are dirty from daily task, chores, and personal hygiene. Washing of the feet due to the places of the world, the earth that are walked. The believer, the children of God who are God’s priests need to daily stop, rest, read, study, hear, and apply the word of God to our lives, that we might walk with God clean and pure from the defilement of the world.
You cannot depend on the writings of men. Devotions, such as this one, are not an adequate reading of Scripture for your daily spiritual growth in the Spirit of God. Get a Bible. Start reading it, hearing and doing it, and watch what God can do with your life.
Reading for January 30, 2018: Exodus 31 – 33