One of the wonderful customs of the Kamba people in Kenya regards the washing of hands.
Visiting a home, each guest will be met by the woman of the home carrying a pitcher of warm water, a large basin, and a cloth. As she holds the catch basin in her left hand, with her right hand she will slowly pour water as the guest washes his hands.
Since food is often eaten with the hands, Kenyans use this washing practice both in their homes and in many restaurants. At the dinner table, hygiene and culture meet as one. This beautiful (and practical) custom points toward an even greater need for spiritual cleanliness.
As physical people in a physical world, we emphasize physical dirt, but sin is a spiritual dirt. Washing the body can’t make a person spiritually clean. Cleansing from the filth of sin comes only one way according to the Bible:
Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. … the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin (Psalm 51:1-2; 1 John 1:7).
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