Take Off Your Shoes

“Earth is crammed with heaven,
And every bush is aflame with God
But only those who see, take off their shoes.” – Elizabeth Browning

Acts 7:33The LORD said to him, “Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground”.

From NetBible Acts 7:33

A quotation from Exod 3:5. The phrase holy ground points to the fact that God is not limited to a particular locale. The place where he is active in revealing himself is a holy place.

The word קֹדֶשׁ (qodesh, “holy”) indicates “set apart, distinct, unique.” What made a mountain or other place holy was the fact that God chose that place to reveal himself or to reside among his people. Because God was in this place, the ground was different – it was holy.

The removal of sandals was, and still is in the East, a sign of humility and reverence in the presence of the Holy One. It was a way of excluding the dust and dirt of the world.

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Lord Jesus help us to set our hearts on You
To humbly seek Your face{take off our shoes}.
Please create in us clean hearts and pure hands –Ps 24:3-6, 51:10
That we may lift them up and bless You Lord. –Lam 3:41;Ps 134:2BLESS (AFFECTIONATELY, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name! -Ps 103:1

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called–His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance. -Eph 1:18

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6 Responses to “Take Off Your Shoes”

  1. khollandsblog Says:

    Mary Karol:
    This brought me to why in worship some are touched … “set apart” “holy ground” the heart that hears Him coming … right at that place …it is holy God has touched down … if only for one or ten.
    “Many are called few are chosen.” Matt 22:14

  2. khollandsblog Says:

    🙂
    Mary Karol

    That verse is really profound.

    Mt 22:14 AMP … For many are called (invited and summoned), but few are chosen.

    It’s in the context of the wedding banquet. So I think the last part of this IS few will come.

    Doesn’t this imply the call is to many – Jesus died for all – invites all.

    1 Tim 2:4-6 … [God our Savior] who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,

    The chosen are ‘few’ because we are responsible for answering the call – invitation.

    Interesting …
    We have to choose to be chosen.

    We have to choose to take off our shoes – to have our hearts cleansed from the sin of the world.

  3. khollandsblog Says:

    What is holy ground?
    It appears to be the place where God reveals Himself.

    What does holy mean?
    It means set apart, unique, distinct

    Why is holy ground – being holy linked with taking off your shoes?
    Taking off your sandals is a symbol for removing the dust & dirt of the
    world

    Isaiah 57:15 AMP … For thus says the high and lofty One–He Who
    inhabits eternity, Whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place,
    but with him also who is of a thoroughly penitent and humble spirit, to
    revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the thoroughly
    penitent [bruised with sorrow for sin]

    So taking off your shoes is a symbol for a heart that is willing to humble
    itself before the Lord and be cleansed. This is where the Lord dwells and
    reveals Himself. This is holy ground ….

    Psalm 51:7, 9-11 … Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean
    [ceremonially]; wash me, and I shall [in reality] be whiter than snow. …
    Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my guilt and iniquities.
    Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and
    steadfast spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence and take
    not Your Holy Spirit from me.

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  5. khollandsblog Says:

    Margaret:

    “Earth is crammed with heaven,
    and every common bush is on fire with God;
    but only he who sees takes off his shoes;
    the rest sit around it and pluck blackberries.”

    In a nutshell it means that the evidence of God is everywhere in His creation but only those who ’see’ and acknowledge Him bow down and worship Him. The rest just go about there daily business, fail to see Him and take what He’s given them for granted.

  6. khollandsblog Says:

    Steve:

    “Earth is crammed with heaven,
    and every common bush is on fire with God;
    but only he who sees takes off his shoes;
    the rest sit around it and pluck blackberries.”

    his poem -I believe it’s called Aurora Leigh – alludes to the story of Moses and the burning bush. (Exodus 3)where Moses experiences a vision of a bush afire, but not consumed by the flame. Out of it, Moses hears the voice of God calling him to the great work of being God’s human agent in leading the people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt. The experience happens in the middle of nowhere – while Moses is working as a shepherd – Moses, who had murdered an Egyptian guard and who was on the run from the Egyptian King- experiences a call from God – while doing his work.
    Browning says that every bush is ablaze with God – that God is forever trying to get our attention, but we’re so busy at “picking the blacberries” tending to our own needs and wants – that we don’t notice that God is trying to get our attention…

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