Thursday, June 2, 2016

Bath or wash?

June 2

Daily Bible Reading: John 13:1 – 17

Verse of the Day: John 13:10 – “Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”

In our account today, Jesus uses two different Greek words to discuss washing (νιψασθαι), and bathed (λελουμενος). The first word used is in reference to washing the extremities such as the hands and feet. The second refers to an “all-over” bath.

According to social custom of the day, if a person had a bath, they only needed to wash their hands and feet before a meal. 

Jesus here is showing that if a person had been cleansed by the Spirit and the Word, they only needed to cleanse themselves from their daily contact with the world. If we have been saved, all our sins are forgiven and we only need to come and keep short accounts of confession with God.

Prayer: Father, today I come confessing _________, cleanse me and make me clean by Your forgiveness and grace. Amen.

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