Friday, April 9, 2010

Book quotes: Washing of the Feet

From The Feasts of the Lord by Kevin Howard and Marvin Rosenthal (page 55):

The second ceremony of the Seder is known as the "washing of the hands." One of the family members brings a pitcher, bowl, and towel to each person at the table to wash his hands. The ceremony is a symbolic act of purification as they prepare to handle the food.

It was probably this ceremony in the Seder that the Messiah used to teach His disciples an object lesson. "[Jesus] rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded" (Jn. 13:4-5). His object lesson demonstrated that He was about to become the suffering Servant of the Lord, and as such, He would be the One to cleanse them.

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