Coffee is one of those items. There are probably hundreds of cups of coffee in hands at this very moment. What else can’t we be without? In our modern world it’s the cell phone. They are everywhere of course. And other item I am thinking about is soap. Yes, soap is one item we want everyone to use regularly…and we hear "wash your hands" a lot around the special seasons of the year to keep healthy.
Soap has had a particular interest for me since Nate and I own and raise goats. I have had quantities of goat milk at times and wondered what to do with it. My easiest solution was to freeze it for use in goat milk soap. Nate comments at times that the ice cubes are looking a little weird.
I started looking at youtube videos on how to make goat milk soap. I found some suitable pans and other equipment like thermometers and soap molds and rubber gloves and bowls. From now on these things were to only be used for soap making. Why?…because soap is made of lye. It is the lye and oils put together that makes the suds or lather.
The use of lye, which is a poison, can leech into the soap making equipment making it dangerous to use for cooking. The use of Lye is why I use gloves, and take great care in making soap.
I have learned one important character trait in making soap and that is patience. It takes just the right temperature to combine the lye mixture with the oils. If the temperature is incorrect, the mixture may take forever to turn to soap…or the reaction may be so fast it hardens before it can be put into molds.
Recently at Camp Nathanael there was a soap making demonstration at the ladies craft night. The many ladies that attended found out how to make soap and took a few pieces of cured soap home with them.
What is cured soap? Well, they couldn't take the soap home with them from the demonstration. That soap has to sit around for at least 4 weeks before it is hard enough to use…and any caustic lye elements have dissipated. The ladies were given soap that was prepared ahead of time.
I did some studying in my bible about soap. I found out something interesting. Soap was only mentioned a few times in the bible and each time it was in a negative light.
For instance Jeremiah 2:22 says. “for though you wash with lye and use much soap, yet your iniquity is marked before me says the Lord God.”
I see here it’s not the most important thing to be soapy clean. It’s better to be “godly clean”
Another reference to soap was in Malachi 3:2. “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderer’s soap.”
In the old pioneer days the launder’s soap was full of lye…not cured. I've read historical stories of colonists having holes in socks and skin problems because of the harsh soaps that were not cured. This verse and these stories make me understand that Jesus isn't going to go easy on man in His second coming.
More importantly in my study I found that water was used in cleansing far more than soap. Verse after verse in the bible talks about cleansing with pure water. Hmm. Jesus calls himself the living water.
Here are some verses that I have pondered on:
John 15:3 “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.”
Ps. 51:2 “Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”
Ps 119:9 “Where with all shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed there to according to thy word.”
Eph.5:26 “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
What do you come up with when hearing these verses?
To be spiritually clean only comes though letting Jesus clean us up. Not ourselves.
It takes getting the Bible into us. God’s words clean us…and Jesus is also called the living word. I do like the title Living water, though. It ends my devotional today on a better understand of the three things I don’t want to be without.
I will drop the soap and focus on the cleansing living water, who is Jesus . I do enjoy the coffee and the cell phones, though, but getting into the Word of God? I want to desire that kind of cleansing every day.