In James 4 there is a verse that says to “Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”I put before you that this is so much more than just getting the dirt off. When I was a freshman in college I was blessed to attend a Shabbat at the local Chasidic rabbi’s house. 1 of the things I remember was a ceremonial washing of hands. Everyone (including me) did it after the men’s prayer time and before the meal. There wasn’t any scrubbing but a specific calm procedure that served to cleanse you. Could this be what James is referring too? A solem cleansing of our sould and being?
These are the things that I think about during Sunday School. Where the Old and the New collide without fanfare or attention.