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If you were rasied in a Christian home or at least a nominal one, I am sure we have heard the story of Moses and the burning bush from our childhood days. And I have always wondered why God told Moses to take off his sandals. Of course, He said, " ... the place where you are standing is holy ground."
What do you think could be correlation between wearing sandals and standing on holy ground?
I wonder if it goes back to the idea that feet (and likely sandals) were considered unclean and dirty? Did they wear sandals into the temple?
I see the distinction now. It is one thing to understand why Moses would culturally do it. But why did God command it? Hmmmm.....That's what I also thought, but then I also think this is the only place where God says such a thing. Why could that be, I wonder!?
well Moses was a herder, no telling what he stepped in...
OK, I'm confused. If that's how you feel, why did you ask the question? Was it a set up?
Leslie Jebaraj said:Thank you all for your thoughts.
I do not mean to be disrespectful, but I think all our reasons are but speculations as to why God said what he said to Moses. I think the best answer could be: We don't really know!
Here's just another bit of speculation. More on the spiritual side. I'm reminded of when the disciples were sent out by Jesus to evangelize. They were told that if no one in a town accepted them (or took them in), they were to shake the dust off their sandals when leaving that town. Like the burning bush incident, this again was symbolism. Seems like that junk on your sandals is symbolism for where you have been spiritually, i.e. what sin have you been walking in lately? Thus the disciples were to free themselves of the sinful town they had just left. To disassociate themselves with the place where not even one person would accept the gospel. Likewise Moses, when coming into the presence of the Most High had to symbolically put away the sin he had been walking in. Although his sins are washed away by his faith in the Lord and Christs cleansing work, maybe this was a symbolic reminder of his sinful humanity. I don't think it had anything to do with the ground or the sandals. It had far more to do with the Holiness of God's presence, and the filth that is fallen humanity.
And here's just another thought (ok, so let's stretch symbolism as far as we can take it here (-: ). I don't recall Moses being asked to do that most of the other times he met with God; like the Sinai encounters and being in the tabernacle with the Lord daily. So how about this one: Moses was a Hebrew, a member of God's people. He had fled to a foreign land and lived there a long, long time. Now as God was calling him back to His people, He had to remind Moses of how Holy the God of the Hebrews was. Could the taking off of sandals be symbolism for removing himself from the culture he had lived in and become a part of? Was he being reminded of his place as an Israelite? Reminded that he serves a Holy God, but had been living with the uncircumcised (even to the point that it effected his own children)?
OK, so that may be reading wwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy in to the text a bit. :P I'm just kinda thinking out loud here.