Chapter 65



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(John 13:1-5)  Now before the feast of the Passover [of His glorification], 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. And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him; Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments [i.e., Jesus laid aside His covering, exposing (manifesting) the complete absolute humility of His self]; and took a towel, and girded himself [Gk: to bind about (espec. with a belt)]. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash [Gk: nipto; to cleanse] the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded [Gk: to gird tightly].

1.       wash = Gk: nipto; to cleanse (espec. the hands or the feet or the face); to perform ablution.

a.       Dictionary: ablution = ceremonial purification.

2.       (Exo 30:17-21)  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein. For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands [symbolic of their work] and their feet [symbolic of their walk] thereat: When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the [brazen] altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD: So they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not: and it shall be a statute for ever to them, even to him and to his seed throughout their generations.

a.       laver = Heb: something round (as excavated or bored), i.e. a chafing-dish for coals or a caldron for cooking; hence (from similarity of form) a washbowl; also a pulpit or platform.

b.       brass = Heb: copper; hence, something made of that metal, i.e. coin, a fetter; fig. base (as compared with gold or silver):--brasen, brass, chain, copper, fetter (of brass), filthiness.

c.       foot = Heb: a stand, i.e. pedestal or station:--base, estate, foot, office, place, well.

3.       (Luke 7:37,38)  And, behold, a woman in the city [Mary the sister of Martha and Lazarus: John 11:2], which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat [dinner] in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster [white gypsum] box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

(John 13:6-11)  Then cometh he to Simon [Heb: hearing] Peter [Gk: a piece of (the) rock]: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet [exposing and manifesting Peter’s pride]. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith [manifesting trust and love] unto him, Lord, not my feet [walk] only, but also my hands [works] and my head [symbolic of his thoughts]. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed [Gk: louo; bathed] needeth not save to wash [Gk: nipto; cleanse] his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.

1.       washed = Gk: louo; to bathe (the whole person).

2.       Commentary: All the disciples were washed (Gk: louo; bathed), but one of them was still dirty, defiled.

(John 13:12-15)  So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments [herein symbolic of “Master and Lord”], and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed [Gk: nipto; cleansed] your feet; ye also ought to wash [Gk: nipto; cleanse] one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.


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