I have always been curious why Japanese families remove their shoes before entering their house. There seems to be two reasons: 1] Years ago, Japanese homes had woven mats on their floors, these were used to sit on while eating and at night to sleep on. Wearing shoes would destroy these mats. 2] Removing your shoes would keep tracking in dirt.

 I have always wondered why God commanded Moses to remove his shoes in Exodus 3:5. Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. I understand showing reverence in God’s presence but reverence is a matter of one’s attitude not attire.

The sandals Moses wore were not purchased at his local shoe store but rather they were made by his own hands. When God said to take off his sandals, He was basically saying nothing of our own self-effort should come before a holy God. When we approach God, we cannot come with any sense of personal confidence or accomplishment. Luke 18:11-13 We should come with a spirit of humility and unworthiness.  The hymn, Rock of Ages, has a line that explains it best. “…in my hand no price I bring, simply to the cross I cling.”


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