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“Cleanliness is next to G-dliness*”

November 29, 2013

Wishing you a Clean and Safe Holiday Season.  It’s after Thanksgiving dinner.  Wow.  My wife sure did it again!  I am forever grateful.  But…. The house is still a mess.  What does it mean when we say “Cleanliness is next to G-dliness”?  Model is in the Cleanliness business.  Our mission statement includes:  We offer products and services that promote the image, cleanliness, productivity and safety of the workplace. 

……..OK! I did it.  I’m back from helping to clean up.  Now.  I thought I’d share what I found as to where in the bible it makes references to cleanliness.  So here are just a few.  If you’re moved to let me know which good ones I left out……please email me at jons@modelcoverall.com.  Have mercy, though.  I’m no bible scholar….just interested in Cleanliness!

Isaiah 1:16                Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil,

Ezekiel 36:25           I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.

Psalm 51:10             Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Matthew 23:26         You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.

Leviticus 19:28        You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord.

Matthew 5:8             Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Deuteronomy 23:12-14     “You shall have a place outside the camp, and you shall go out to it. And you shall have a trowel with your tools, and when you sit down outside, you shall dig a hole with it and turn back and cover up your excrement. Because the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you and to give up your enemies before you, therefore your camp must be holy, so that he may not see anything indecent among you and turn away from you.

Proverbs 20:9          Who can say, “I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin”?

Leviticus 11              And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, These are the living things that you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth. Whatever parts the hoof and is cloven-footed and chews the cud, among the animals, you may eat. Nevertheless, among those that chew the cud or part the hoof, you shall not eat these: The camel, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. And the rock badger, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. And the hare, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.

24 “And by these you shall become unclean. Whoever touches their carcass shall be unclean until the evening, 25 and whoever carries any part of their carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening. 26 Every animal that parts the hoof but is not cloven-footed or does not chew the cud is unclean to you. Everyone who touches them shall be unclean. 27 And all that walk on their paws, among the animals that go on all fours, are unclean to you. Whoever touches their carcass shall be unclean until the evening, 28 and he who carries their carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening; they are unclean to you.

29 “And these are unclean to you among the swarming things that swarm on the ground: the mole rat, the mouse, the great lizard of any kind, 30 the gecko, the monitor lizard, the lizard, the sand lizard, and the chameleon. 31 These are unclean to you among all that swarm. Whoever touches them when they are dead shall be unclean until the evening. 32 And anything on which any of them falls when they are dead shall be unclean, whether it is an article of wood or a garment or a skin or a sack, any article that is used for any purpose. It must be put into water, and it shall be unclean until the evening; then it shall be clean. 33 And if any of them falls into any earthenware vessel, all that is in it shall be unclean, and you shall break it. 34 Any food in it that could be eaten, on which water comes, shall be unclean. And all drink that could be drunk from every such vessel shall be unclean. 35 And everything on which any part of their carcass falls shall be unclean. Whether oven or stove, it shall be broken in pieces. They are unclean and shall remain unclean for you. 36 Nevertheless, a spring or a cistern holding water shall be clean, but whoever touches a carcass in them shall be unclean. 37 And if any part of their carcass falls upon any seed grain that is to be sown, it is clean, 38 but if water is put on the seed and any part of their carcass falls on it, it is unclean to you.

I hope I haven’t offended anyone with my biblical references.  Either the ones I included or failed to include. 

*P.S. Notice some people don’t write His name incompletely….with a “-“ instead of with an “o”.  It is out of respect to Him that the name isn’t written completely, as any printed version might get thrown out or get ‘dirty’, which wouldn’t be respectful to Him.

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