“He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.” (Psalm 40:3)
That’s where He finds most of us, isn’t it? Some are so deep in the pit that He has to really reach down deep. And He does just that, happily.
I began writing this, intending to make a point about how far some of us have come since the day of our salvation. But that thought was quickly replaced by something completely different. Here it is.
The story of the Messiah washing the feet of the disciples is one that we’re all familiar with. It’s told in every church, and it can be read in the Book of Yochannan (John), chapter 13. I’ve heard it many times, always with the same message. The speaker makes reference to His servanthood and humility, as if that’s the whole story. But it isn’t. Not even close. So many miss the real point, because they’ve dismissed the “Old” Testament as being irrelevant. But the fact is, everything can be found there. Everything.
Let’s go back to today’s verse. Where did He find us? He found us in the exact same place that He found the disciples, in the muddy pit of destruction. So, He pulled us out and put our feet upon a rock. What rock? Peter described the rock in detail when He told the Messiah that He is the son of the living God (Matthew 16:16). That answer became the rock, the foundation for our security and salvation. And as long as we remain on that rock, we’ll never have to worry about walking on the path to the gates of Hades.
On the feast of Passover, the celebration of the freedom of the Jews from slavery, He began to wash the feet of the disciples. Why? Because when you are pulled up out from the mud, your feet are still dirty. You can wash and you can bathe, but your feet require extra attention, because you continue to walk with them. Yes, it’s that simple. As a matter of fact, when Peter resisted, Yeshua (Jesus) told him, “If I don’t wash you, you have no part with me.”
You see, our feet the farthest parts of our bodies from our brains and our hearts. We have to keep them clean to stay on the right path. They get dirty easily. Even after He set our feet on a rock, they still need to be cleansed. He washed their feet, and then He told them to wash each other’s feet. The moral of the story is this: We need to do for each other what He has done for us. Is the story mostly symbolic? I think so. And it tells us that we need each other’s influence, love, compassion and correction to remain stable on the rock of righteousness.
How clean are your feet?
Have a great day everyone!