November 28, 2004

Take Off Your Sandals

I had a small epiphany this morning in church. The bible passage they read this morning was Exodus 3:1-6. It reads as follows:

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight-why the bush does not burn up."

When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!"

And Moses said, "Here I am."

"Do not come any closer," God said. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground."

I used to wonder about God tell Moses to remove his sandals because he was standing on holy ground. During the recent Operation Iraqi Freedom, we learned that it is very in insulting to hit someone with your shoe. We saw pictures of Iraqi’s hitting pictures of Saddam Hussein with their shoes.

I wonder if that insult goes back thousands of years to biblical times? Perhaps God was telling Moses to remove his sandals because it would be insulting to God for Moses to put his shoes on holy ground.

Posted by Ted at November 28, 2004 4:18 PM