You shall never wash my feet…

Posted: 2020/04/11 in Uncategorized

You shall never wash my feet…

Passover…

The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread… Exodus 12

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year.

Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are.

You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight.

Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs.  That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast.  Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs.  Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it.  This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.

Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come…

Last Supper of Jesus Christ

Washing of feet, mosaic in Hosios Loukas monastery

Washing of the feet, mosaic in the Katholikon, Hosios Loukas monastery (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1990), Boeotia, Greece, 11th century.

Jesus rose from the last supper. He laid aside his garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist.  Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash your feet, you have no share with me.”

In my opinion, Peter only wanted to show Jesus that he knew the law of Passover and that he was unwilling to break that law by removing his sandals.

Comments
  1. John McIntosh says:

    Thanks Ron. Interesting insights.

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