Imagine that you are a piece of laundry. You become dirty and are thrown into a washing machine with (gasp!) other dirty clothes. Firstly, you are inundated with water, and cleaning agents. Then suddenly, you are in for the ride of your life, thrown from side to side, bouncing against and sometimes becoming entangled with the other dirty clothes. (I could preach right here on this alone, but we’ll save it for another blog post). As you struggle to keep your equilibrium, you hang on for the ride as best you can. Not only are you bouncing along with the other dirty clothes, but you are constantly being chafed and rubbed against the rough interior of the washing machine, including the dreaded scrubber.
The machine stops suddenly and the water is drained. You think you have a little respite, but what’s with that terrible spinning?! Dizzy, and trying to maintain some semblance of poise, you struggle for breath gasping, wondering when will it end? But O no! The machine is being filled again. And the tumbling happens again. Then another spin. A hand reaches in, takes you out and disentangles you from the other clothes. Your relief is short-lived as you are placed in the dryer – yes with the other clothes – although they are not smelling like they used to. As a matter of fact, you all smell the same. (Getting ahead of myself here – will do another blog I promise)
In Psalm 51, David asks God to wash him thoroughly from his iniquity [verse 2], and to wash him so that he will be whiter than snow [verse 7]. One gets the impression of a loving Father bathing His son gently. I was curious about the other verses where he mentions his bones being broken, he recognizes that God requires a broken spirit and contrite heart.
What does washing have to do with being broken?
The word used for wash is the Hebrew word kabac 1)Strong’s #03256 which means to trample: hence, to wash (properly, by; stamping with the feet) whether literal (including the fulling process).
The word used for broken is dakah 2)Strong’s #01794 from the root daka’ 3)Strong’s #01792. Dakah means (to collapse (physically or mentally), break, contrite, whereas daka’ means to crumble, to bruise, to beat to pieces, crush, destroy, humble. The washing process is rough, bruising, sometimes confusing, painful, but at the end leaves something to be desired. It is a rough process but it is not to be despised. Surely it is better than remaining dirty.
Sylvia M Dallas
Poet, Author, Photographer and Teacher of the Word and CEO and Director of Creator Services at The Publisher's Notebook Limited based in Jamaica. She is married to Rohan Dallas, is a proud grandmother, loves coffee (Jamaican, of course), loves great tasting and healthy food, love to cook and is an unabashed follower of Jesus Christ. Her books AND THE PRISONERS HEARD THEM, THE RIGHT KIND OF INTIMACY and THE BED DEFILED are available on Amazon.
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