I did a two year Torah study with a messianic jew at my work, and learned many amazing things about the OT and about our Lord, however one of the neatest things was ways that physical obedience was placed to help us have a constant reminder of Messiah Yeshua and what he’s done for us. Here is an example from the washing of hands:
I’ll give these to you in English…if you want them in Hebrew later on then I will gladly provide them to you…the Hebrew seems to add some meaning to the “ritual”. When you think that Jesus Christ, King David, Moses, etc. prayed these same prayers it adds historical context and meaning to the process:
Prayer for the washing of your hands (request for a change of status for the day-to-day “defilement”):
Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who has sanctified us with Your commandments, and has bid us to wash our hands.
Note: I pray that prayer and add other specifics if the situation dictates it…but I pray the prayer regardless of whether I feel like I have a “need” at the moment…just another connecting point to God.
Prayer for the immersion in water (request for a change of status for the significant “defilements”):
Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who has sanctified us with Your commandments, and has bid us to immerse ourselves in water.
Note: This prayer should be accompanied with the proclamation of 1 John 1.9, because that is exactly what 1 John is speaking about:
If you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive you of your sins and cleanse you of all unrighteousness.
So you are going to confess the sin, pray the 1 John scripture in faith, immerse your body (in the shower or a pool of water) and then believe that God has forgiven you. You are washing your body as a natural act of repentance while at the same time confessing your sins….first the natural, then the spiritual.
From LEE WARREN.