But, have you noticed a lot of Scriptures referring to cleansing? From Genesis to Revelation we're told about the importance of being clean, inside and out.
Jacob told his family and all those who lived with him, “Throw out all the alien gods which you have, take a good bath and put on clean clothes, we’re going to Bethel. I’m going to build an altar there to the God who answered me when I was in trouble and has stuck with me everywhere I’ve gone since.”
Genesis 35:2-3 MSG
Well, for this gal who loves any reason to get new duds, this passage from Genesis is the only justification I need. But, you know what? I'm not totally vain.
When I listen to God's Word with my spirit, I hear something much more important.
I think Jacob was telling the fam that we should always do, say, and look our very best for the Lord. You know, it kinda goes along the lines of offering our first fruits or giving off the top.
But we all know that being clean on the outside isn't enough, right? If it had been, then Jesus probably wouldn't have had issues with the Pharisees.
And when you draw close to God, God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and let your hearts be filled with God alone to make them pure and true to him.
James 4:8 TLB
Some of you used to be like that. But now the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and the power of God’s Spirit have washed you and made you holy and acceptable to God.
1 Corinthians 6:11 CEV
May kindness and peace be yours from Jesus Christ,
the faithful witness. (CEV)
To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood... (MEV)