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  • Alan Fong

Clean Hands

Today’s Verse:

The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger. ~Job 17:9

Every mother is good at telling her children, “Go wash your hands,” before touching their faces and before eating a meal. Our hands come into contact with a lot of germs that can spread very easily. Clean hands are an essential part of good hygiene and good health. Clean hands are also a beautiful picture of the importance of serving God with purity of heart and motive.

We see the priority.

“Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully” (Psalm 24:3-4). Clean hands are an absolute criterion and priority to serving God. God demands that we approach Him in service and worship with clean hands. In Haggai 2:11-14, God condemned the priests for serving Him with hands that came in contact with things that were defiling. Dirty hands defile the servant and make his service unacceptable to the Lord. Dirty hands prevent the servant from having God’s approval and power for service. Dirty hands indicate that we have a low view of the servic