We don’t talk much about the excretory system . . .
. . . until something goes wrong.
Expunging waste from our body is a picture of ridding ourselves of HYPOCRISY.
Watch our two minute video to find out why (full text below).
Getting rid of external AND internal uncleanness is a constant need.
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Anyone who has had kidney stones knows the pain – and never wants to have it again.
My three kidney stone surgeries have me convinced that the excretory system gets short shrift in comparison with all the bodily systems. Our human need to expunge waste is a God-given gift and deserves greater appreciation in our daily lives.
We need to excrete or expel bodily impurities. Jesus uses just such a word in Matthew 23:27, speaking of the religious group called the Pharisees. The Pharisees were leaders who wanted to look good on the outside. They wanted people to follow culturally acceptable rules. But Jesus said they were still filthy on the inside. Pharisees had rules for every physical activity. But their external appearance hid their internal uncleanness.
Jesus uses the word akatharsis for what the Pharisees held inside: uncleanness, not yet expelled, but that should be expelled, moral waste. Jesus calls people hypocrites whose focus on external beauty is not honest about the need to expunge their internal filth.
Jesus uses the visual picture of filthy hypocrites – people refusing to expel the internal waste of moral filth – as white washed tombs. You see, if a person had just died, their body decomposing in a burial tomb, the outside walls of the tomb would be painted white to signify there was death, akatharsis, uncleanness, on the inside.
The whitewashed tomb was a warning to the Pharisees and everyone like them. If the filth was not purged, the person was morally unclean. The physical body knows when we need to be purged of uncleanness: we use the restroom. But do we have the same response, knowing when we need expel our internal filth, our uncleanness of thought, attitude, and action?
Take the lesson from one who knows about expelling kidney stones.
For Truth in Two, this is Dr. Mark Eckel, President of the Comenius Institute, personally seeking Truth wherever it’s found.