Dirty hands are the result of doing something with your hands. We pull weeds, change our oil or even something fun like playing horseshoes. The outcome is the same. Dirty hands.
When our hands get dirty our inclination is to wash them. You can be camping out in the boonies and you'll still want to instinctively wash your hands when you get dirty. Your face can wait, your hair can wait, even your teeth can wait <ugh> but you're going to find a way to wash your hands.
Our hands reach out, do work, hug and hold others. Our hands cook food and feed our bodies. Our hands speak when we do and can tell a story without words. Our hands hold an abundance of power and yet, can touch with gentleness. Our hands. We intuitively need our hands to be clean.
I believe God is saying something here with our instinct to wash the grime, the ickiness of life, from our hands. Here in Job, Job's friend is trying to encourage him and suggests that he ought to consider washing his hands of sin. Why even Pilate 'washed his hands' of sin. (Matthew 27:24)
Today's medical philosophy is that if you sing the entire song of 'Happy Birthday' while washing your hands then you know your hands been thoroughly cleansed. I submit that we pray instead. Each time you wash your hands ask God for forgiveness over any slight, any wrong doings, any transgressions, any thoughts that didn't come from Him. Ask Jesus to fill your heart, mind and spirit with love, and good and wise things instead. Now, that would really be a thorough cleansing.
Job 11: 13-20 MSG
“Still, if you set your heart on God and reach out to him, If you scrub your hands of sin and refuse to entertain evil in your home, You’ll be able to face the world unashamed and keep a firm grip on life, guiltless and fearless. You’ll forget your troubles; they’ll be like old, faded photographs. Your world will be washed in sunshine, every shadow dispersed by dayspring. Full of hope, you’ll relax, confident again; you’ll look around, sit back, and take it easy. Expansive, without a care in the world, you’ll be hunted out by many for your blessing. But the wicked will see none of this. They’re headed down a dead-end road with nothing to look forward to—nothing.”