On the Right Foot

Do you ever wonder about odd things? I confess that I do. For instance, how did people cut their toenails before the invention of scissors? (Note- I tried to find out who invented them but the information blamed everyone from the Romans to Leonardo DaVinci) Finally in 1761, manufacturer Robert Hinchliffe adapted the design and began to mass-produce scissors.

But let’s linger in the time of Christ. People walked everywhere and it was customary to wash your feet when you visited a home. Most likely a servant did that, but poor people had no servants. 

Alright, let’s all agree that dirty feet are not delightful, but add onto that callouses, broken, maybe even infected toenails and you have a definite mess. There are lots of foot-washing verses but no cutting toenails or trimming callous verses.

1 Samuel 25:41-She arose and bowed with her face to the ground and said, “Behold, your maidservant is a maid to wash the feet of my lord’s servants.”

John 13:14-If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

Do you ever thank God for the small luxuries of life, things we take for granted like scissors?

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