Today’s Devotional – September 28th (2nd Commandment & Images, Part 2: The Holy Kiss & Footwashing)

By admin On August 29th, 2014

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“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Today’s Devotional – September 28th

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2nd Commandment & Images, Part 2: The Holy Kiss & Footwashing

To read part 1, click here…March 26th (2nd Commandment & Images)

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“If I then, your Lord and Master,

have washed your feet;

ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. 

For I have given you an example,

that ye should do as I have done to you.”

John 13:14, 15

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“All the brethren greet you.

Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.”

1st Corinthians 16:20

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So just what do these above two verses have to do with each other? What is the connection between a holy kiss and washing one-another’s feet?

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Question Marks – At a loss – svg – Wikimedia Commons – Share-Alike License

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A CLOSE CONNECTION

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Well, they have a very close connection with each other, when we fully understand what they each represent!https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:6tag_250316-124351.jpg

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Listen to this Old Testament passage…“Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and ye perish from the Way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him.” Psalm 2:12

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Now from this above verse, it becomes apparent that a biblical kiss is not a literal kiss. After all, nobody can literally kiss Jesus, God’s Son! That’s not what God is desiring!

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Cross of Jesus Christ – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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GOD DESIRES AGAPE LOVE

So just what is God wanting us to see here? Well, The sentence which follows the one that says, “Kiss the Son”, continues by saying… “Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him.” Psalm 2:12

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Ah ha! So here it reveals how we could possibly kiss the Son of God: by placing our trust in Him!

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And so it is with the verse that says…“All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.” 1st Corinthians 16:20. God is not wanting His people to run around kissing each other!  That’s a ridiculous notion!

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Jesus with little children – www.lavistachurchofchrist.org – Creative Commons Attribution – Non-commercial use

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HOLINESS IS CONTAGIOUS

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No, what God is desiring is for His people to be filled with the Spirit of Holiness, which affects all with whom it comes in contact with. In other words, holiness is contagious. It works like a yeast that permeates completely through the dough.

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And so, when those who are filled with God’s Holy Spirit enter the room, their Holy Spirit is like fragrant incense, affecting all in the room. Thus, those who love God will be refreshed by every contact with holiness. This is the essence of, “An holy kiss”.

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Woman with Bible – Braet von Überfeldt – 1866 – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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THE FOOTWASHING THAT CLEANSES SOULS

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And so it is with footwashing. It’s not that God’s great desire is for His people to engage in the ceremony of washing one-another’s feet.

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But footwashing symbolized the cleansing action which takes place when Believer’s have fellowship together.

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And those who love to talk about Jesus and His wonderful attributes, have a Spirit about them that tends to wash the souls of those with whom they fellowship.

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This is the true footwashing that Jesus was pointing us to!

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Family Bible Reading – Sabbath Eve – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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LET US CLEANSE ONE ANOTHER’S SOULS

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Therefore, God’s people need to understand the deeper meaning of these two symbols, spoken of in the New Testament. And we all need to strive for holiness, so that when we enter into the presence of other Believers, it will be like an holy kiss, and a washing and cleansing of one another’s souls.

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That’s all.

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Jesus Teaching Luke 4:31-32 – Jesus talks about Heaven – www.lavistachurchofchrist.org – Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to be careful about my daily associations. Help me to surround myself with godly influences…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Mercury & The Image Of The Beast” or you can also read… “Mark of the Beast & Seal of God”, or you may read this shorter article…February 15th (The Two Images!), or this other short article…January 19th (Who Wants To Hang Out With Holiness?) 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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MERCURY & THE 2nd COMMANDMENT

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 As discussed elsewhere in this website, the Sun seems to correspond to the First Commandment. Likewise, Mercury, which is the second heavenly sphere in our solar system, seems to correspond very nicely to the Second Commandment. Both the second heavenly sphere (Mercury) and the Second Commandment (no images) are closest to the ‘Sun’. That is to say, just as planet Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun, so is the Second Commandment right next to the First Commandment (God compares himself to the Sun many times in Scripture). Jesus says to us today…

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“I am the light of the world: he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12

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For a more in-depth look at this argument about the Sun comparing to God, just click this link… “Discovering Bible Signs In Our Solar System”, or this link… Signs in the Sun .

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Mercury orbit solar system wikipedia share-alike license

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2ND COMMANDMENT MORE THAN JUST CARVING STATUES

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And exactly what does this Second Commandment say to the human race?… “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or738px-Dramaten_mask_2008a by Holger.Ellgaard wikipedia any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them. Exodus 20:4,5

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This Commandment is about worshipping en-graven images. God does not want us to place inordinate affection upon things or people. And at face value this commandment has to do with objects like statues or pictures that are used in worshipping objects. And we’re definitely not to worship objects. That’s the starting point of this Second Commandment!

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But this particular Commandment goes much deeper in meaning, just as Psalm 119 states. Just listen… “…but Thy Commandment is exceeding broad.” Psalm 119:96. God’s Commandments go far deeper in meaning than just the letter of the Law. When Jesus gave His “Sermon on the Mount”, He used the Old Testament Law as the centerpiece for this beautiful sermon, and showed how the Commandments are pictures of deeper spiritual principles; principles which define the thoughts and intents of the human heart. Jesus showed in that most notable sermon, just where the real sin-problem exists (in the heart) and what direction we need to go to solve this age-old dilemma, of how to cure the disease of sin.

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Idol photo courtesy Ellgaard Holger for Wikipedia GNU license. Click on photo as link to Ellgaard Holger on Wikipedia.

Sermon on the Mount painting by Carl Bloch Wikipedia. Public domain.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Mercury & The Image Of The Beast”

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TOMORROW:

September 29 (The Dispensationalism Gospel, Part 1: The Old Testament Church!?!)

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Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.com – Public Domain

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