But the steward [encouraged them and] said, “Peace be to you, do not be afraid; your God and the God of your father has [miraculously] given you treasure in your sacks. I [already] had your money [which you paid to us].” Then he brought Simeon out to them. Then the steward brought the men into Joseph’s house and gave them water, and they washed [the dust off] their feet; and he gave their donkeys feed. So they prepared the present [of tribute] for Joseph before his arrival at noon; for they had heard that they were to eat a meal there. Genesis 43:23-25 (AMP)
Todays devotion is all about the steward and the role His plays. The steward, as we have already learnt from previous devotions that the unnamed servant is the Holy Spirit. We know this because when Jesus Christ spoke of the coming of the Holy Spirit, He said
But when the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father, He will testify and bear witness about Me. John 15:26 (AMP)
The Holy Spirit is God, He is the third part of the triune God because our God is three in one. God the Father, God the Son Christ Jesus and God the Holy Spirit, three different Persons, the same One God. The best way to understand how three distinct Persons make up One God, is to understand ourselves. We, human beings are created in the image and likeness of Almighty God. We have three distinct parts just like God. These parts are the Spirit, the will and emotions and the body. So we are a spirit that lives in our human body which has its own will and emotions.
The Holy Spirit’s role includes serving the Lord by preparing His bride, to spend eternity with Him. He is our guarantee or down payment, to what the Lord has prepared for us in the days to come. He is the unnamed servant, He bears witness to Christ Jesus and not to Himself. In this story of Joseph, we see Him a servant, getting instructions from Joseph who is a shadow of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is told to kill an animal and prepare a meal for Him and His brothers to dine at noon. He also goes on to encourage the brothers of Joseph, about the money that found in their sack glorifying God in the process by acknowledging Him as the Blesser. These are part of His attributes the Comforter and Strengthener.
The Holy Spirit is also the Guardian. He guides us through the journey of life instructing us on the way to go and helping us along the way. In today’s devotion, He invites Joseph’s brothers into His home, He gives them water to wash the dust off their feet. The brothers travelled all the way from Canaan through the dry desert where it was hot and windy, there is no doubt that their feet were dusty.
This reminds me of another story in the bible where Jesus washed His disciples feet. Though He is the Kings of kings, He stooped low like a servant to wash His disciples’ feet. I love how the Holy Spirit captures the motivation for this action.
Jesus, knowing that the Father had put everything into His hands, and that He had come from God and was [now] returning to God, got up from supper, took off His [outer] robe, and taking a [servant’s] towel, He tied it around His waist. Then He poured water into the basin and began washing the disciples’ feet and wiping them with the towel which was tied around His waist. John 13:25
For one to serve another selflessly, they must be secure and established in their identity in God’s love for them and who they are. On the other hand, insecurity is the cause of pride that hinders the love and service to others instead it expects to take and only receive. That is why some people cannot serve or help out in anything, they live self individual lives and cannot fathom to “stoop low wash others feet” insecurity is the problem.
Washing of the disciples’ feet in itself is an act of service which is categorized as a love language. However, it just doesn’t end there it has a hidden meaning. Infact the Lord, Himself (mine emphasises) said “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will” (John 13.7 NLT). Remember what Peter said when the Lord came to wash Him? Let us eavesdrop-
He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter.
Peter: “Lord, are You washing my feet?”
Jesus: “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.”
Peter: “You shall never wash my feet!”
Jesus: “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”
Simon Peter: “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!”
Jesus: “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”
Washing of the disciples is the washing of water with the word. You see once you’re a born again believer you are completely washed and you’re entire body is clean, however, because we live in a fallen world, as we live our daily lives here, our feet to get dusty from encountering world this like hearing people cursing at each other, nude advertisements, really disturbing images of horror just to mention a few. All these are the dust of this world, remember the enemy was cursed by God to feed on dust.
Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field, on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. Genesis 3:14(NLT)
The having dust on our feet, we become a target to be devoured by the enemy. He is compared to a roaring lion because he is not the roaring lion, Jesus Christ is. The king’s wrath terrifies like the roaring of a lion… Proverbs 19:12(AMP). The roaring lion is a symbolism of wrath and judgment. The enemy seeks to devour/ bring about wrath, condemnation and judgment to those with sand on their feet not unless we are washed with the water of the word.
Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour.1 Peter 5:8 (AMP)
Washing of the water with the word, means listening to teaching of Jesus Christ, it involves feeding from ministries that preaches about Jesus Christ, that unveils Him as the Son of God who died for our sin that because of His finished work at the cross, we are righteous, once we accept Him as our Lord and Saviour. This is washing of our feet, this is the washing of the water with the word. This is what the Holy Spirit did when He gave Joseph’s brother to wash the dust off their feet.
You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. (John 15:3)
• John 15:3
• Washing of the water with the word, means listening to teaching of Jesus Christ, it involves feeding from ministries that preaches about Jesus Christ, that unveils Him as the Son of God who died for our sin that because of His finished work at the cross, we are righteous, once we accept Him as our Lord and Saviour.