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Excerpt from Enjoying Exodus: The Bible in Rhyme by Marcia Goldlist

Aaron and his sons and their future generations are to wash their hands and feet before serving God.

Discussion Questions:

  • What does spiritual cleansing mean?
  • Do you think that the washing was used for a physical or spiritual cleaning?
  • Washing before serving would have been a ritual.
    • What is ritual?
    • How could a ritual help people concentrate on their job?

Creative Thinking:

  • Give as many reasons as you can for why washing hands and feet would be important?
  • Why would the feet and hands be picked for cleansing?

Activities for Homeschool and Afterschool:

  • Research how water cleans.
  • Research a ritual from another cultural that you didn’t know about before.
  • Write a diary entry for the water about how it felt being used to wash the hands and face of Aaron and his sons.
  • Write a comic strip featuring the hands and feet talking to each other during the washing ritual.
  • Write a tweet or a blog post for a descendant of Aaron being washed for the first time.
  • How do you think Aaron’s thoughts would differ from that of a descendant while being washed for the first time?
  • Research ways to wash yourself when there is no water available.
  • See how many different things you can find that water is good for.

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