Cleanliness Is next To Something


Cleanliness is next to godliness?  Did Moses appear before Pharaoh with a rod or a mop?  Can my Christian friends confirm that Jesus turned the water into Clorox?  Did the Children of Israel wander the desert for forty years in search of the land of milk, honey, and 24 hour laundromats?  I think not.

The line “cleanliness is next to godliness” does not appear in the Bible.  Sure there are plenty of places in Leviticus that detail how someone can become unclean, based on what you eat, touch, or discharge, but the stated goal is to return to a state of clean.

Look instead at Genesis.  Day 1 G-d creates the heavens and the earth.   Day 2.  Day 3.  Day 4.  Everything is orderly and on schedule.  In fact, He is so organized He can take the seventh day off and rest.  Timeliness is next to godliness.

And being late is a sin.