John 13:5-9 Don’t Be Noble, Be Needy

This is the fourth devotional in a series based on the book, The Men With Bare Feet. It’s written by the author. If you missed day three, you can read it here.

Daily Devotional Bible Verses

Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” John 13:5-9

Jesus knelt down before the twelve bewildered men, took off his shirt, and tied it around his waist. Then he pulled out a servant’s basin and began washing the men’s feet. You see, they were about to eat supper when this happened.  And in those days, they didn’t sit on chairs and at tables like most of us do. They reclined on cushions and propped themselves up on an elbow. This meant that messy, sandaled feet were rude and unhygienic. Because of their sandals, people’s feet would be caked with dirt or feces from animals. Usually, washing guests’ feet was a servant’s job. So you can imagine the disciples’ surprise when their Master knelt down to do the work. In fact, this wasn’t simply a surprise, it was actually embarrassing to them.

Think about it like this. Imagine you have

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Joshua 4:14 – God Makes Leaders

This is the third devotional in a series based on the book, The Men With Bare Feet. It’s written by the author. If you missed day two, you can read it here.

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

On that day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel, and they stood in awe of him just as they had stood in awe of Moses, all the days of his life. Joshua 4:14

The entire nation of Israel lined the banks of the Jordan River. It was time to cross into the Promised Land. However, the river was flowing high, as it flooded during harvest season (Joshua 3:15). So with the river engorged and moving swiftly, Joshua barked orders for the priests to carry the ark of the covenant about half-a-mile in front of the people. God’s presence dwelt there and would lead them. And He promised that when the soles of the priests’ feet dipped into the river, the water would immediately stop flowing.

The scene that followed was incredible—and should sound incredibly familiar.

The priests went ahead as planned, and upstream, the waters began to roll back on themselves. A waterfall cascaded in reverse, defying gravity and hurdling toward the clouds. A tower of water rose ever higher as an entire nation walked across a bone-dry riverbed.

Today’s text comes just after

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Exodus 3:4-5 – God’s Killer Holiness

This is the second devotional in a series based on the book, The Men With Bare Feet. It’s written by the author. If you missed day one, you can read it here.

Daily Devotional Bible Verses

When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” Exodus 3:4-5

If we had been there thousands of years ago, tailing Moses among the foothills, we would have seen him moseying along, minding his own business. Then, out of the corner of his eye, he sees something he’s never seen before: a bush engulfed in flames, yet not burnt to a crisp.

Now, I’m no scientist, but this kind of thing doesn’t really happen. So naturally, Moses “turned aside to see” this mysterious fireball bush. Then something even more unsettling happens. The bush actually talks. It doesn’t say, “Hey Moses, lovely weather we’re having today! Have any campfires lately?” The first words from the bush aren’t a warm greeting. Instead, they’re a warning.

Have you ever noticed

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