Wash, Wash, Wash your Hands!


Mark 7:1-2 “The Pharisees and some of the scribes gathered around Him when they had come from Jerusalem, 2and had seen that some of His disciples were eating their bread with impure hands, that is, unwashed.”

I use to teach Red Cross Child Care courses to teen moms. One of the courses was “Preventing Infectious Diseases.” In this course the video had a Health Fairy (I know, kind of lame) that taught a song (sung to the tune of Row, Row, Row your Boat) that had the lyrics “Wash, wash, wash your hands; play the handy game, rub and scrub, scrub and rub, germs go down the drain.” Cute, huh? Feel free to use that with your kids. Lol

It would have been nice if the Pharisees were just concerned about germs, but their hand washing was more ceremonial than hygienic. It was all about appearances. Did they look clean? Did they act clean? Did they follow all the laws about staying clean?

Well, while we may not wash our hands before meals to keep the law, we do other things that we think keeps us “clean” before the Lord. And the sad thing is we force those ideas on our kids. Do I need to remind you that we are under Grace, not Law? We are free because of the law of liberty, as James says.

So, the next time your kids run in from playing outdoors and their hands are dirty and before you say, “Elrod, go wash your hands,” think why you are saying that. After all, a little dirt never hurt anyone, right Mom?


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