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Wash your clothes

LEVITICUS   17  IN FOCUS 

“‘Anyone, whether native-born or foreigner, who eats anything found dead or torn by wild animals must wash their clothes and bathe with water,  

 Leviticus 17 (NIV)


Unless something is wrong somewhere, no one would love dirt! God is interested in a clean body, God wants clean hearts in clean bodies. King David in his prayer to God lamented,

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)

Would you embrace your son who is in a dirty cloth with your honorable white garment?

Wash your cloth! On the cross, He paid for our sins! On the cross, He was tortured for our redemption. On the cross, a blood dropped unto the ground!  On the cross, He paid it all! Wash your cloth! Oh yes wash our cloth in the blood of the son of the Living God! He is calling! Jesus is calling! Let is be swift to run ‘to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.’

Are you part of the elect?

13Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?” I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb’

Anyone, whether native-born or foreigner, who eats anything found dead or torn by wild animals must wash their clothes and bathe with water,  (Lev. 17)

They washed their clothes with water, but we are privileged to have what is more than water, the blood of Jesus Christ! John the baptist said, ‘I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”’

There are different clothes you can wear and there are different colors you can choose, but let the cloth and its color be white! White! Oh yes, pure white! If it is not, consult the blood of Jesus Christ!

Words, thoughts, actions, deeds; what makes you unclean before God? Drop something to be clean and wash your clothes in His blood! Be in a white robe and don’t let anything of the world soil the dignity of your clothe. A conscious understanding of the kind of cloth we wear would make us be aware of what we must do and what we must abhor because of the coming of the Kingdom of God!

Come, wash your clothes in His blood and be without a spot of sin. Come,  wash your clothes in His blood and be without condemnation. It is written, ‘Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set youa free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.c And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.’

The hymn writer (Char­lotte El­li­ott, 1835)  wrote, ‘

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

No one wishes to appear badly and so we do all things possible to wear the best clothes which can enhance our dignity and reputation, but there is something more to the clothes we wear each day: our hearts, our minds, our words, our actions and our deeds!; these things deserve the best clothes! Clothe your words well! Put on a good heart garment and let your thoughts be white before the Living God!

Wash your clothes and beware of the cloth you wear such that no one tarnishes the image of your white robe made in Heaven and you do not discard the beauty of your white cloth by your deeds! One day He whose blood was shed for us will appear in splendor to welcome unto Himself they that have washed their clothes and have kept their garments clean!


HYMN

Lewis Hartsough (1828-1919)

I hear Thy welcome voice
That calls me, Lord, to Thee,
For cleansing in Thy precious blood
That flowed on Calvary.

Refrain

I am coming Lord!
Coming now to Thee!
Wash me, cleanse me in the blood
That flowed on Calvary!

Refrain

Though coming weak and vile,
Thou dost my strength assure;
Thou dost my vileness fully cleanse,
Till spotless all, and pure.

Refrain

’Tis Jesus calls me on
To perfect faith and love,
To perfect hope and peace and trust,
For earth and Heav’n above.

Refrain

’Tis Jesus who confirms
The blessèd work within,
By adding grace to welcomed grace,
Where reigned the power of sin.

Refrain

And He the witness gives
To loyal hearts and free
That every promise is fulfilled,
If faith but brings the plea.

Refrain

All hail! atoning blood!
All hail! redeeming grace!
All hail! the gift of Christ our Lord,
Our strength and righteousness.

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Author:

'Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.' --- Joshua 1: 8 The Holy Bible is not only a proven book which reckon the past, present and the future but also an awesome manual for life. Clinging closer to the Bible, taking lessons out of it under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and letting it be our best companion will empower us for both joyous and melancholic moments of life. E. A. Y. Devotions takes a journey into the Holy Bible for the unique and renowned lessons for the great empowerment of our lives.

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