In Luke 11:39 Messiah Yeshua said, “You Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness.”
Remember when you were a kid, before every home had a dishwasher? Well, some of you do! After the evening meal the dinner dishes had to be washed. If you had siblings the chances are that you were on the clean-up crew and you did plenty of kitchen duty. Some great conversations took place at the cleansing sink. But have you ever washed the dishes with Yeshua? He spoke of the importance of cleaning the inside of the dish and cup and not only the outside. Again, He spoke of people who washed the outside of a cup, but left the inside dirty.
Surely, one of the things that Messiah was alluding to was how we treat those in their own families.
As for doing the dishes with Yeshua, we are living in a time that we should want to do the dishes with Him. We are vessels of the Ruach, the Spirit of the Living God, and our vessels need to be clean and undefiled. If we would not consider eating our next meal from a dirty plate, then we know that, in turn, we need to keep our own vessel free from the defilement of this world.
Every human being is a clay pot. We are all made of the dirt of the ground just as Adam. Our clay vessel was designed to hold the Spirit of the Living God; ours is a special, “heaven-and-earth-together-in-the-same-place” kind of container. When Adam and Eve disobeyed in the Garden, the Spirit left their vessels and they were thereafter, earthbound. Man found himself in a predicament. In Hebrew, man went from being Neshama (with the Spirit of the Living God residing in him) to Nefesh (a living, breathing soul destined to die). Without the Holy Spirit, the clay vessel of man could no longer live in the Garden. Not until the Perfect Vessel, Messiah Yeshua, sent from the heavenly realm, breathed on His disciples (after His resurrection) was it possible for the Spirit of God to reside once again in man. Yeshua did this with the words, “Peace to you, as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:21-23).
There were ten disciples in that room who believed Him that day. Judas, who had betrayed Him, was dead. Thomas, who we know as “Doubting Thomas,” had said that he would not believe the resurrection of Yeshua unless he could touch His wounds. Yeshua then came to him and had Thomas touch Him and He said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
With that, God had found the ten righteous men (those who would believe and obey Him). He had been looking for these ten men since Moses sent 12 spies into the Land, but only 2 came back believing that God was well able to give them the Land. 10 professed unbelief. The unbelief of those 10 men kept the entire nation out of the land for a total of 40 years. their faithlessness led to the death of everyone who was over the age of 20 at the time of the Exodus – except for three: Moses, Joshua and Caleb.
Think of the millions and millions of people who have never seen the Messiah but have believed in the work He came to earth to do, as well as believe in His resurrection. The work of Messiah has been done, the price for our sin has been paid in full, and all that remains is for people to recognize their need to be a clean vessel that is fit to house the Presence of the Holy One of Israel.
To be that people, our hearts need a cleansing, we need to be be set-apart from the world and dedicated to His purposes; just as any vessel, or tool, or pan, or utensil was set apart in the Tabernacle to be used exclusively unto serving God on behalf of the people.
If you have not yet had your heart cleansed, your sin of unbelief and disobedience forgiven, if you have not yet acknowledged that you fall short of God’s glory, or, if you have done these things and yet allowed yourself to be defiled in some way, then it is time to do the dishes with Yeshua. It is time to ask Him to cleanse us.
Like family times of old, some of our best conversations took place when we were honestly working together to clean things up. So, let us take a minute now and talk with our Heavenly Father. He is our Provider and Protector, and He is quick to forgive and restore us. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
The Day of Atonement is coming… Let’s clean this place up!