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Meaning Of Washing Feet

What does it mean to wash the feet of others?

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//John 13:14 If I then, [your] Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another's feet.//
Who is speaking and to whom is He speaking?
---michael_e on 9/4/11

Are we to deduce that if Christ has not spoken it directly to me that it is not meant for me?

Is that your stance?

Paul
---paul on 9/4/11


There is Rhonda with her big CAPS again.
You pull up one response where i said anything about "christian love".

i never said do not do it (footwashing), i said take care of more examples that God calls for in your life right now. Jesus Christ said this is one example and not the only "requirement".
---aka on 9/4/11


Let me a friendly suggestion:

Those of you who have never had your feet washed in church, or have never washed another person feet in church. TRY IT.

Find a friend whose church practices foot washing and ask when it will be done next and take part.

Then come back and share your experience: That would be a worthwhile blog
---Francis on 9/4/11


//John 13:14 If I then, [your] Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another's feet.//
Who is speaking and to whom is He speaking?
---michael_e on 9/4/11


//Paul and Rhonda, the next time I walk down a dusty road in a pair of sandals I'll look you up.//

better hope there is a foot washing ceremony on that day...and don't show up with soiled feet.

scripture clearly says this is an example
*****

another I'm a "better christian" response because I do as a piously please ...making fun of those who truly follow Christ? which WOULD be making fun of Christ!

lost in the"christian love" you profess that you are swimming in?

THE EXAMPLE IS part of Passover ...nothing like placing spin, twisting words and examples, dismiss and rejecting the examples of Christ you supposedly serve ...which christ do you serve 2Corin 11:4?
---Rhonda on 9/4/11




John 13:14 If I then, [your] Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another's feet.

John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

I consider this a command
---Francis on 9/3/11


Thanks AKA,

But I just wonder why some churches say its a commandment and others do not. I can't see enough information either way.

Are the churches that don't do it coping out because its a gross thing to do?

Or... are the churches who do it not scripturally based.

Frankly I think its gross, but if G-d commands it, then I must do it.

The verse is vague.
---John on 9/4/11


But is it something that Christ commanded us to do, or is it optional?
---John on 9/3/11

I don't feel it is a command per say as much as a suggestion, that I count a privilege, to promote servitude.

But for one to refuse is very similar to the disciples attitudes as to who was the greatest, it is driven of pride and tossed by selfishness.

Paul
---paul on 9/3/11


given dusty roads and sandals in that culture, washing feet was an EXAMPLE of a need. the "command" is to serve others of what they need.

john, you of all people show disdain for things other folks decide based on scripture (right or wrong) and this verse is giving you trouble? i do not buy it.
---aka on 9/3/11


But one must ask themselves if it hurts or helps the cause of Jesus?
---paul on 9/3/11

But is it something that Christ commanded us to do, or is it optional?
---John on 9/3/11




Do what serves in your culture. feed the poor, visit the homeless, help the single parent, and then wash their feet if they want you to and it makes you feel good.

you can wash feet or whatever deed you interpret from the bible as a command which will save.

one thing will be sure, if it is not what the Living God calls for in your life now, you will ensure that you are a part of the many rejected by Jesus but you will have clean feet.
---aka on 9/3/11


What is with the attitude? Who have I accused of anything?
---Bruce5656 on 9/2/11
Bruce,
I do apologize I was answering James accusation and put your name on it.



Maybe more of a shame is that the ones who don't understand context make such railing accusations against the saints.
---James_L on 9/1/11
James
Do you understand what it means Biblicaly to bring an accusation against a Saint?



John

Their is not any evidence of foot washing in the early church as per scriptures as with alot of ceremonies.

But one must ask themselves if it hurts or helps the cause of Jesus?

Paul
---paul on 9/3/11


Paul, that wasn't a confrontational question I asked.

I'm trying to decide if this is something commanded to us to observe.(I.e.Last Supper).

I am trying to get answers for my own education. I have not made a decision on this subject.

And so I ask if there is any hint or evidence of this occcuring in the 1st century church. There is evidence of the Lords Supper being observed.

There are chuches that observe this and many who don't.

So I ask those that do. What is the sciptural basis?
---John on 9/2/11


Is there any evidence this was done in the 1st century church?
---John on 9/1/11

Is their ant evidence it wasn't.

I don't have the recorded minutes of the early church so how could their be evidence of it.

Paul
---paul on 9/2/11


Paul,

"Do you understand the concept of bringing an accusation against a Saint?"

What is with the attitude? Who have I accused of anything?

You are the one accusing me of being "ambitious" to disprove the word.

I believe that Jesus always meant what he said but he did not always say what he meant. I have already given two other illustrations of this to which you agree Jesus meant what he said but did not say what he meant.
---Bruce5656 on 9/2/11


I took the time to look this passage up in 16 different commentaries this evening. Not one thinks Jesus was telling us to wash each others feet.

From Foursquare Gospel Commentary on John: "Jesus did not "institute" feet-washing, he found it already a "familiar" custom of the land, and merely used it as a most appropriate way of showing the proper spirit of humble service. Hence he does not say, "Do WHAT I have done", but "Do AS I have done", which requires us to do something "similar" to that which Christ had done, but necessarily the very "same" thing."
---Bruce5656 on 9/2/11


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//Paul and Rhonda, the next time I walk down a dusty road in a pair of sandals I'll look you up.//

better hope there is a foot washing ceremony on that day...and don't show up with soiled feet.

scripture clearly says this is an example ... not the only example.
---aka on 9/2/11


Bruce

If your answer were true you would accept the text for what it says and not try to manipulate it to say what you desire it to.

He plainly said to perform a particular act, where is the misinterpretation

Joh 13:14

That needs no commentary and to do so is your AMBITION to change it.

Do you understand the concept of bringing an accusation against a Saint?

You and James can slap high fives all you'd like but you are indeed wrong.

If you don't desire to engage in a foot washing then don't, but don't disqualify it from the text.

And this was an illustration to promote servitude but He meant it literally.

Do you discount communion as well?

Paul
---paul on 9/2/11


Paul,

My "ambition" is simple. To understand, through the context, what is being said.

Jesus was teaching practical servitude which extends far beyond washing the feet of someone who walks around in dusty conditions with sandals - (a job none of his disciples seemed willing to do.)
---Bruce5656 on 9/2/11


Is there any evidence this was done in the 1st century church?
---John on 9/1/11


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Such a shame that the one who understands context is charged with "ambitions"

Maybe more of a shame is that the ones who don't understand context make such railing accusations against the saints.


Bruce5656, great posts.


Paul and Rhonda, the next time I walk down a dusty road in a pair of sandals I'll look you up.

What's that famous line? a text without a contexxt is a pretext.
---James_L on 9/1/11


Paul,
My ambitions??
---Bruce5656 on 9/1/11

Your ambitions are to disprove foot washing as being applicable as an actual literal act to be carried out in the Church.

Maybe you have hook toe or stinky feet, I don't know why you would not desire this to be integrated into Church service.

So on that behalf only you know your ambitions.

Paul
---paul on 9/1/11


Paul,
My ambitions??
---Bruce5656 on 9/1/11


The nail salons make pretty good money washing feet.I wonder if they feel humble?
---michael_e on 9/1/11


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//Foot washing on the other hand is not unreasonable//

but, done as a "feel good ceremony" serves only yourself.
---aka on 8/31/11


Bruce5656,
Very much agree with your position.
---Nana on 8/31/11


"How blessed the feet of them who carry the gospel of peace."
---Eloy on 8/31/11


What does it mean to wash the feet of others?
It is an act of humility. It works TWO ways
1: Humility to wash another persons feet
2: Humility to allow another person to wash your feet

It is in this state of humility that God forgives our sins

Psalms 138:6 Though the LORD [be] high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.

James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
---Francis on 8/31/11


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Rhonda,
Do you follow all the words of Jesus so litteraly?
---Bruce5656 on 8/31/11

Bruce

When deducing scripture to determine the meaning of literal or metaphorical translation you must ask yourself if it is reasonable.

What you have posted are unreasonable expectations.

Foot washing on the other hand is not unreasonable, if the charge were to wash the feet of the entire world then perhaps it would be metaphorical.

You may not wish to participate and that is fine for you,but don't attempt to discount the act for others because of your ambitions.

Paul
---paul on 8/31/11


Rhonda,
Do you follow all the words of Jesus so litteraly?

If so, do you hate your mother and father?
Luke 14:26, "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple."

Have you gone personaly to all the world to preach the gospel?
Mark 16:15, "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."

If you can accept the deeper meaning of these two sayings of Christ, why not John 13:15?
---Bruce5656 on 8/31/11


Rhonda,
"one has a choice to believe and follow Christ as HE ASKED or reject and dismiss Christ and follow men who LIE twisting the foot washing to "really mean" serve each other with humility"

What is the point of footwashing if not to serve? Is it really doing you service to have someone wash your feet?

By the way, when was the last time you greeted everyone in church with a kiss?
Romans 16:16, "Salute one another with an holy kiss."
---Bruce5656 on 8/31/11


//When he told them to do the same, he was not talking about washing feet. He was talking about serving each other with humiilty.
*****
really? very interesting that is NOT what Christ said why would you deliberately REJECT Christ making a claim not found IN Holy Scripture//

not taking the seat of honor is an example of subservience. foot washing (in that culture) "is an example, that ye should do as I have done to you."

not the example.

find a foot washing of nice people who get pedicures OR go to the homeless shelter and wash feet. the blessing is not in the foot washing, the blessing is in subservience where it is needed.
---aka on 8/30/11


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When he told them to do the same, he was not talking about washing feet. He was talking about serving each other with humiilty.
*****

really? very interesting that is NOT what Christ said why would you deliberately REJECT Christ making a claim not found IN Holy Scripture

John 13:14-15 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.

one has a choice to believe and follow Christ as HE ASKED or reject and dismiss Christ and follow men who LIE twisting the foot washing to "really mean" serve each other with humility
---Rhonda on 8/30/11


Should we continue the washing of feet or is it a need for it ?
---melvin_bobian on 8/30/11


Jesus used the common everyday things of life to teach spiritual truths to his followers. None of them would "stoop" or "lower themselves" to wash each others feet but Jesus did to show them humility and a servant's heart.

When he told them to do the same, he was not talking about washing feet. He was talking about serving each other with humiilty.
---Bruce5656 on 2/17/08


If Jesus didn't mean literal foot washing, wouldn't the same apply for the bread and the wine that He later said to take in commemeration of Him. It's all in the same service - if one applies they all apply.
---perry on 3/3/07


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Washing the feet of others was a sign of humility and servanthood and was a great honor.
---Yolanda on 2/21/07


Hi; true, no one is good all the time, that's for sure. But one of the worst things a man (or a woman, for that matter) can do is tell people that Jesus is Lord and then go treat their spouse like dirt--it ruins his testimony; kind of like where God said if a man won't provide for his own household, he is an infidel.
---Mary on 1/8/07


Mary...all the pressure that was on your husband to keep a near perfect public image...could have been taken out on you...just a possibility...of course, I don't know all the details...rachel. There can be a conflict between a person's public vs. private life. Through the media, your husband appeared to be one way, but while at home with you...you became familiar with his "dark" side...but I am Not judging him, b/c none of us are Perfectly Good.

~rachel~
---Reiter on 11/22/06


Hi Rachel; I see what you mean now; thanks :) I must say, though, that my ex was such a cold-hearted man, I'm just thankful I'm no longer married to him. Honestly. I left him but then he filed for the divorce and I am free and praising God! God bless u
---Mary on 11/21/06


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(part 2 of my reply): I think what made my ex's mental and verbal cruelty to me so much worse was that he had a ministry--a local cable tv broadcast that proclaimed the Lord--but his heart was ice. Sad, isn't it?
---Mary on 11/21/06


OH Mary...when your ex made you cry, THEN you SHOULD have washed his feet w/ your tears b/c you would have returned evil for good...you would have blessed the one who hurt you and you would have caused CONVICTION. Yes, use soap and water; there is Spiritual Significance to TEARS.

~rachel~
---Reiter on 11/20/06


Rachel, did you mean (surely not) that we should wash other human being's feet with OUR OWN TEARS? I used tap water and nice soap for my ex's feet--but he caused my tears to flow elsewhere, anytime he could.
---Mary on 11/19/06


She lays down her Oil
That she had been saving
For a moment such as this
In tears she wets his feet
From his ankles to his toes
Her salt is purifying to Him
Men try to prevent the woman
The Son of Man prevents them
She continues...

rachel
---Reiter on 11/14/06


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Washing feet was an important things in ancient cultures to get the dirt and mud off one's feet before entering the living area. it was done by a servant (usually the lowest servant in the ranks) it's important that Jesus washed feet because it is saying nothing should be benieth anyone to do if they are going to serve me. Even washing feet. because Service is the only way to truly show our faith. knowledge is useless without service.
---Jared on 10/30/06


Most Laturgical Churches have feetwashing cerimonies on Mounday Thursday Service during the Passion Week. Some minninite Churches have feetwashing services whenever they serve the Eucharist.
---Jared on 10/30/06


Washing Feet:

It is an act of humility and service.
The feet should be washed in tears.
It is a way of giving honor to a person.
If it is done Well, it should be followed
by rubbing in ointment [made of myrrh].

Rachel
---Reiter on 10/30/06


Jana I heard that dog died of "toe-main" poisoning.
Have we digressed from kiss my foot to kiss my toe? Man, how lazy are we gonna get?
---Elder on 9/24/06


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No Elder, you dont ask, they do it willingly or else you will have your toe bitten off like the Pope who stuck out his foot to be kissed by this man and the mans dog who was with him at the time(trying to protect his master, bit it) The pope ordered it shot and that broke up the church. Fancy a man expecting another to kiss a toe. Lord come early.
---jana on 9/24/06


Elder:~)"Kiss your foot"=asker Proud- doer Humble.I believe that is the analogy.As the song says:"O lord it's so hard to be humble,when your'e humble in every way".Is pride.Humility shines through when we recognise, that we are Nothing, & can do nothing, without Him who gives us every thing.the Virtue is joined with Temperance in that it moderates the desire for honour,self glorification, the esteem of others.
---Emcee on 9/23/06


So when I tell someone to just "kiss my foot" I am really asking them to be humble?
Hum..... never thought of it that way.
I thought this act of washing Jesus' feet was in accordance with what I said on 9/18/06.
The remainder of this action revealed love for and dedication to Jesus.
Again, many are proud to be humble.
---Elder on 9/23/06


the woman at Jesus's feet washed His feet with her tears. She kissed His feet whilst doing it, a sign of humility and appreciated what Jesus had done for her..he forgave her. She was also thanking Jesus for loving and accepting her as a human being and not an adulteress.Footwashing is a symbol of humility. Jesus scorned at the pharisees for seeking for the front seats and high places. He teaches us to be humble, to serve rather than be served.
---jana on 9/22/06


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#3. For example in 1 Tim 5:10 Paul states that widows should not be cared for by the church if they failed to qualify according to certain standards. One of those qualifications was having "washed the saints feet".

We also wash other saints feets (not literally) by showing love, care, to our fellow Christians. Thus foot washing, has the bible describes, should be done by all Church's.
---Ramon on 9/21/06


I've said this in another blog, but my first experience of foot-washing in church gave me a most unexpected feeling.
Washing some one's feet was easy for me...a caring, nurturing act that I knew God would approve. But when I had to bare my own feet, the ugly corns and calluses and misshapen toes...so that another could kneel and wash them, I felt ashamed and embarrassed! It was not humbling for me to GIVE, but to expose myself and RECEIVE...That was humbling!
---Donna2277 on 9/21/06


#2. The passion to be great had continually plaqued the disciples (Mat 18:1-4; 20:20-27; Mark 9:33-37; Luke 9:46-48). Christ wanted them to see that the desire to be first-to be superior and honored above fellow Christians-is contrary to the spirit of their Lord (Luke 22:24-30; John 13:12-17; 1 Pet 5:5).
The Early Church appears to have followed Jesus example and literally obeyed His admonition to humbly wash one another's feet.
---Ramon on 9/21/06


Linda3939. This dramatic act of foot washing occurred on the last night of Jesus life on earth. Jesus did it 1) to demonstrate to His disciples how much He loved them; 2) to foreshadow His self-sacrifice on the cross, and 3) to cpnvey the truth that He was calling His disciples to serve one another in humility.
---Ramon on 9/21/06


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nvB ... I know you were just joking ... I was just continuing it ... and my spelling errors!
---Alan8869_of_UK on 9/21/06


No big deal Alan, I was just teasing you. Lord knows I have made many mistakes on here, as have most!
---NV_Barbara on 9/21/06


Footwashing is done at our evening service before taking communion. It allows a personal time to confess faults one to another and ask forgiveness of wrongs. It allows us to go to communion with no aught against our Christian family. Read John13: 12-17. Reads to me as if He means us to do it. Our church, for modesty has women and men to separate for the footwashing then rejoin for communion.
---mikefl on 9/20/06


nvB ... No I was not tight, but my fingers seem to have been, and still were in my last comment, for see how I addressed Shira!
I have tried very hard to make no errors in this contribution!
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/20/06


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Amen Bruce and Elder!
And thank you Alan for the best giggle I've had in a couple of days! Your correction was more funny than your original comment! Are you sure you weren't 'tight?' J/K! I appreciate you brother :-).
---NV_Barbara on 9/20/06


Amen to Elder!
---Tower_Gaurd on 9/19/06


Shire ... It is ewasy to make mistakes late at night. Usually it does not matter, but I did not want to have people thing that Elder has guilty secrets!
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/19/06


As Jesus taught His disciples how to learn humility by washing those He taught, and called Him Rabi. They called Him master, but he was the one that served them. He told them that He came to serve, not to be served. ( Can you imagine your boss, or the CEO of a big company washing the feet of the janitor?) God hates PRIDE and Jesus showed how to eliminate it.
---Dottie on 9/19/06


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Betty::The CC has this ceremony every year on the Thursday before Good Friday,I have attended at least 70 without exaggeration Had my feet washed & also helped the priest wash some.why do you ask this ?
---Emcee on 9/19/06


How many of you have been in a service where they were having foot washing???
---Betty on 9/19/06


One of the greatest Christmas gifts I ever received was from a pastor's wife. During our women's Christmas service she asked us to sit in a circle. As we sang and praised the Lord, she washed all of our feet. We were all in tears as we realized the sacrifice she was making since she suffered a great deal with arthritis and had big lumps on her hands from it.
---Susie on 9/19/06


Alan, you better be careful how you spell words. You could end up in baaaaad trouble.
---shira_9639 on 9/18/06


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Hi; y'all are going to think I'm nuts but I actually ENJOY washing feet--if it's someone I love anyway. I think it's a real gift to the person you love; used to do it for my ex but he never bothered with mine--maybe mine stunk too much--lol! Anyway yeah I agree it's just an example of humility and our Lord was the King of showing love and humility. God bless.
---Mary on 9/18/06


Elder ... I hope you realise I meant right and not tight
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/18/06


Elder ... You are so tight. However, I don't think sometimes a reminder of Christ's servanthood, and ours alongside His, does not go amiss.
But if it involves doing things for those who do not know the bible, washing feet would make them wonder what was going on. Something practical in today's terms would be mush more valuable
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/18/06


In Jesus day people walked a lot and feet got dirty. A servant would stoop down to wash the feet of a traveler which gave comfort.
Today to wash feet means to supply needs for someone. It may be actually washing their feet or repairing an item is someone's home. It is not some ritual as done in some churches today.
Many say I am proud to be humble so I will wash your feet. That is not the example in the Scripture.
Meet the needs of others is spiritual foot washing.
---Elder on 9/18/06


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The church in which I grew up was pastored by my Dad. We had feet washings. It doesn't really mean anything except we humble ourselves. It is a very humbling experience. People don't do it today because they have too much pride. It wouldn't fit in the dignified society that go to church today.
---shira_9639 on 9/18/06


I am in accord with Bruce on this.
---Emcee on 9/18/06


I thought it ment the people that you do not want to be around because of their lifestyle (who claim to be Christians) or not - to go to them in hummility and wash them with the gospel - if they will let you.
---Linda3939 on 9/18/06




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