22 Oct Ivory Soap
In the last 24 hours I have received several responses to yesterday’s message regarding Fels-Naptha soap. Most of them were about having had their parents use it to wash out their mouths because of lies and bad language. No longer do I feel like I was abused. My mother used Ivory soap. It’s 99.44% pure. Pure what?
Jesus is an interesting study in purity. Hebrews 4:15 says, “ For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” And yet we read of Him being angry. “And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he said unto the man, ‘Stretch forth your hand.’ And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.”
Obviously anger for the right reason is not sin. Not to be angry would be allowing wrong to rule when righteous people do nothing. In Matthew 23 He lashed out at the religious leaders by calling them names. In the following verses He is anything but being politically correct. “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like unto whitened sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.”
Jesus was purer than Ivory soap. He was 100%. But that did not mean He did not take action when He saw the poor and the powerless being abused by the 1% who had all the wealth and power.