You Need To Take A Bath

July 3, 2012

7.  You Need To Take A Bath

            How long has it been since you took a bath?  Did you take a bath this morning?  These are questions I can ask in an article like this, but it would be offensive If I were to ask you personally.  Most people see the need of keeping themselves clean, but it’s not a priority with everyone.  Some say that cleanliness is next to godliness.

In the old world keeping clean was a priority for some, but not all.  Some of the ancient religions put priority on cleanliness.  They tell us that the Egyptian priests took a bath four times a day.  The common people went to the river every day to bath.  The rich had bathrooms in their homes.  They didn’t have showers, but they did have slaves to pour water on them.

Greek artists painted pictures of people bathing with sponges beside big tanks of water.  Many of the cities had public pools where people went to bath.  They went there to visit with their friends while they were in the water.  Some of the big cities had pools that could accommodate as many as 1600 at a time.  Several Bible verses in the Old Testament and some in the New Testament indicate that the Jews gave importance to cleanliness.

During what are called the dark ages (1200-1400) cleanliness was greatly neglected. It was a time when the majority didn’t know how to read and write.  Some doctors even told people that bathing was damaging to their health.  People didn’t have facilities for bathing.  They say that some of the poor only had two baths; one before they were baptized as infants and another after death and before burial.  In the summer the men and boys bathed in the river, but the women and girls were prohibited from doing it.  King John, of England, was noted for the fact that he took a bath every three weeks.

In the years 1800 and after the matter of cleanliness has had more priority.  The rich began to include a bathroom in their house with a bathtub.  They still had to heat the water and pour it into the tub.  The poor bought galvanized tubs for bathing.

My mother was somewhat of an inventor.  She never patented anything.  She made a solar shower where we could bath in the summer time.  It consisted of a 50 gallon barrel mounted on a platform.  She put a sprinkler head on the spigot at the bottom.  With curtains she made a shower stall around it.  In the evening, after we finished our daily chores, we bathed in water the sun heated during the day.  In the morning she filled the barrel again with the garden hose.  In the winter we bathed in a galvanized tub until the day came when an addition was built on the house that included a bathroom and a bathtub.

Negligence in bathing leaves us with an offensive odor.  Perfume helps some, but it’s much better to take a bath.  Daily, or at least frequent bathing should be our custom.

God wants to have a clean people.  We are a poor testimony for him if we give off a bad odor.  II Corinthians 7:1 says, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleans ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”  We are cleansed by the blood of the Lamb of God.  I John 1:7 says “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”  Then we keep ourselves clean by obeying I John 1:9.  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Are you clean?  Taking a bath is important, but being washed in the blood of Christ is even more important.  You will never suffer eternal damnation if you never take a bath, but you will if you haven’t been washed in the blood of Christ.

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