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Monday, May 23 2016
John 13: The Origins Of The Passover Foot Washing Prophecies
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him"
Foot washing was a common, practical task that was done apart from, and more frequently than, general bathing ("13:9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. 13:10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet" John 13:9-10 KJV). It was commonly done when entering a house (keeping in mind the more-open footwear of the time) by one's self, or by a servant.
The famous anointing of the Messiah at Bethany (see A Passover Prophecy That You Are Fulfilling Right Now and The House of Martha and Mary) was actually an elaborate foot washing ("Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment"). Notice also that, like the Passover foot washing that was done a few days later, the betrayer was also there.
"12:1 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. 12:2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.
Based on a practice that everyone already knew and observed, the Messiah then washed His disciples' feet. The only thing new about what He did was that the Master did what a servant would do: "Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you."
"13:1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
The presence of the betrayer at the righteous and thereafter-commanded Passover foot washing service was prophesied long before, as revealed by the LORD to King David: "I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me". That prophecy, as recorded in Psalm 41:9 ("Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me"; see What Did King David Prophesy About Judas Iscariot?) was fulfilled that night.
"13:18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.
Peter was, at times, impetuous - he made himself the first to speak, and so often the answer that was given to all of them was addressed to Peter (see 1 Peter: Be Not Lords Over God's Heritage). Peter's denial was the result of his confusion. Peter was not a coward or a traitor. He soon thereafter demonstrated his courage and faithfulness in standing between the Messiah and the mob. But when the Messiah told him to put down his sword and stop doing what any courageous, patriotic servant of the King would do, he became temporarily confused. His "I know not the man" was more a statement of that confusion (i.e. in effect, "I don't know why He told me to allow Him to be taken without a fight - that's not like Him") than a mere denial of personally knowing Him. Nevertheless, Peter's impetuousness that night came with a price that would come due (see Why Was Peter Crucified?).
"13:31 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 13:32 If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.
Fact Finder: Why did the Messiah observe "the Last Supper" on Nisan 14?
This Day In History, May 23
1498: Girolamo Savonarola, Italian religious and political reformer, was hanged and burned at the stake by the order of Pope Alexander VI.
1533: Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer declared Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon void, and his marriage to Anne Boleyn in January legal, a judgment that was condemned by the Vatican.
1568: The Netherlands declared independence from Spain.
1568: Dutch rebels under the command of Louis of Nassau (brother of William I of Orange) defeated Jean de Ligne, the Duke of Aremberg and his troops at the Battle of Heiligerlee, beginning the Eighty Years' War.
1618: The Thirty Years War began when, during a Bohemian revolt against the Hapsburg Emperor, three opponents of the Reformation are thrown through a window. The incident became known as the Defenestration of Prague.
1633: Samuel de Champlain was made the first governor of New France (North America).
1701: Scottish pirate William Kidd ("Captain Kidd") was hanged at London's Execution Dock after being convicted of piracy and murder.
1706: The Battle of Ramillies; the British army under John Churchill (of the same family from which future British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was born 2 centuries later), the 1st Duke of Marlborough, defeated a French army under Marshal Villeroi.
1805: In the Cathedral of Milan, French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned King of Italy.
1873: The Canadian North West Mounted Police were established. They formed part of what is known today as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (the "Mounties").
1934: The criminals "Bonnie and Clyde" (Bonnie Parker, 24 and Clyde Barrow, 25) were killed (shot at least 25 times each) by police in Louisiana. Their crime spree included robberies (gas stations, stores and banks), kidnappings and the murders of numerous people, including police officers.
1939: The U.S. Navy submarine USS Squalus sank off the coast of New Hampshire. 26 sailors were killed; 33 others were rescued.
1945: Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Nazi Gestapo ("Gestapo" was the abbreviation for "The State Police"), committed suicide after being captured by Allied forces.
1960: Fugitive Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was captured by Israeli agents in Argentina. He was returned to Israel for trial where he was found guilty and hanged. His body was incinerated and the ashes dumped far out into the Mediterranean Sea.
1967: Prior to the Six Day War (see Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century), Egypt closed the Straits of Tiran and blockaded Eilat at the northern end of the Gulf of Aqaba (see also Where Is Palestine? and Jordan's West Bank Invasion).
1983: The first heart-lung transplant in Canada was performed, at University Hospital in London, Ontario.
1991: Israel began "Operation Solomon" - a 2 day airlift of 14,400 Ethiopian Jews out of Addis Ababa (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).
2006: The Alaskan volcano Mount Cleveland erupted.