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To violate Gods divine order was to come under the penalty of death.
Three aspects to self-examination
1. The Word as a mirror
2. The Holy Spirit as conviction
3. The right response to testing
The Priests before they entered into ministering to the Lord and for the people had to wash their hands and feet, this symbolizes the following:
Speak of what we do
2 Samuel 22:21
21 “The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness;
According to the cleanness of my hands
He has recompensed me.
3 Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
6 I will wash my hands in innocence;
So I will go about Your altar, O LORD,
2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary,
And bless the LORD.
1 Timothy 2:8
8 I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;
The hand also keeps the body. Representing five fold ministry to the body. Eph 4:11
Represent our lifestyle.
5 Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”
Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil.
Song of Solomon 7:1
How beautiful are your feet in sandals,
7 How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
The Priests feet became defiled because of contact with the earth. Their hands became defiled while working at the altar.
Moses the Old Testament Mediator washed the Priests completely when they were first set apart for the Lords service. From that time on they had to wash their hands and feet.
Jesus the New Testament Mediator us in His Blood and cleansed us from sin but we now have to wash our hands and feet in order to minister to the Lord and to people.
8 Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”
UNION AND COMMUNION
There is a difference between union and communion. Sin can break our communion with God.
In the previous verse the word “with” implies spiritual or mystical union. Jesus is not referring to being in Him but being with Him.
TO AND FOR GOD (THE HOLY PLACE)
a. Golden Candlestick = the gifts and graces of the Spirit
b. Table of Shewbread = the Word of God
c. Golden Altar of Incense = prayer, praise and worship
TO THE BODY (ALTAR)
14 “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
1 Peter 2:21
21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
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