Tuesday, June 6, 2017

CLEAN HANDS IS MORE THAN USING SOAP TO WASH THE GRIME OFF THE SKIN. Clean hands is also a metaphor for dealing with people without evil intent of any kind. A pure heart is required for people to deal justly with each other and not a heart filled with personal ambition.

Harry Riches

Happy Riches Answer requested by Jamar Grimsley

The Bible states that the heart of men (including women) is evil and everyone is intent on doing evil.
  • But in the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing: they commit adultery and walk in lies; they strengthen the hands of evil doers, so that no one turns from his wickedness; all of them have become like Sodom to me, and its inhabitants like Gomor′rah.” (Jeremiah 23:14)
The prophets equates evil with those from Sodom who were called Sodomites—it just so happens sodomy is practiced worldwide. Those who have hearts to do evil abuse what is naturally right to do and because their hearts are deceived.

The prophet Jonah cries out for people to repent from their evil ways and to turn their hands from violence (for love trumps hate).
  • Let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them cry mightily to God; yea, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence which is in his hands. (Jonah 3:8)
The inclination of humans is to use instruments to increase the severity of their violence and bribe (or pay) people so they will be violent.
  • Men in whose hands are evil devices, and whose right hands are full of bribes. (Psalm 26:10)
The prophet Moses knew that Israelites would forget the right ways of living that are in accord with the Laws of God.
  • For I know that after my death you will surely act corruptly, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and in the days to come evil will befall you, because you will do what is evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger through the work of your hands.” (Deuteronomy 31:29)
God nevertheless is not fooled. He sees that the heart of the natural man is deceitful and people unbelievably prefer corruption to the beauty that is found in everlasting life. Still, our Heavenly Father knows that there are those who are sick of the corruption and hate the evil that goes on among the wicked in high places, so he searches each one’s heart to see who is genuine or a hypocrite; who desires truth or prefers self-deception.
  • The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately corrupt; who can understand it? “I the Lord search the mind and try the heart,to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jeremiah 17:9–10)
Hence we read that what is impossible for humans to do on their own, those who recognize their need for God and their inability to overcome sin and death on their own strength, have a better hope, because the Lord God will create something new within them so they can walk in true righteousness.
  • Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind. (James 4:8)
  • And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them; I will take the stony heart out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my ordinances and obey them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. (Ezekiel 11:19–20)
Clean hands refers to dealing with people justly and without intention to harm—the intention itself arising from a deceitful heart in the first place. Anyone who is the position to execute justice and does not do it has decided to take the side of the Antichrist.

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