Originally posted by stokerRemoving ones sandals is a gesture of respect or reverence. Moses was commanded to do this at the burning bush and Joshua in the presence of an angel. (Ex 3:5; Jos 5:15) Even when one enters a Mosque or a Hindu temple or the Sikh place of worship the Gurdwara, one must remove ones footware. Sandals have great significance in the East as you are no doubt aware by the shoe throwing incident of G.W.Bush. Even i myself have seen it when travelling on a bus, one man, a student refused to pay the fair, he was thrown off and a scuffle ensued, the man was so irate that he removed his sandal and threatened his accuser, then all 'hell', broke loose! Thus Holiness means cleanness or sanctification, sandals are perhaps associated with dust and uncleanness, to remove them is a simple gesture of reverence and respect, especially in the presence of God.
at the burning bush moses was asked to remove his sandals as he was on holy ground, as shoes are not evil wounder why??
Originally posted by stokeryes Christ states that it is the things that issue forth out of a person that defiles them, not washing in a ritualistic manner, and we are advised to clean the inside of the cup, so that it may be useful.
a good and plauseable answer, but since god sees good and evil beyond mans understanding, he required more the soul being clean not the things that man needs in every day life.
Originally posted by 667joeGod did not speak through a burning bush per se - please note that an angel was involved. An angel is what is appearing as flame in the bush, to get Moses' attention.
A burning bush by which god spoke..........give me a break! The shoes are the least of the problem.
Originally posted by Badwaterits easy to forget this point, remembering god passed moses and was only alowed to view the back of his head.
God did not speak through a burning bush per se - please note that an angel was involved. An angel is what is appearing as flame in the bush, to get Moses' attention.
It's a minor point in terms of the event but a major theological point, as well as imperative in understanding the role of angels in the OT.