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Biblical To Wash His Feet

Is it ok to wash a fellow brother's feet and annoint with oil? What biblical reference can I quote to say it is biblical?

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It is biblical to do that, because Jesus said in Jn 13:14 "you should also wash one another's feet" and in Jn13:15 He said "I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you." In Jn13:17 He also said "you are blessed if you do these thing."
We are encouraged to read the Bible regularly and seek understanding for His words "are a lamp to our feet and a light to our path." (Ps 119:105)
(James Balami).
---James_Balami on 8/7/10

When Jesus started to wash one of the disciples feet, that disciple said firstly, that he did not want Jesus to wash his feet, but when Jesus told him that it should be this way, the disciple wanted to be bathed. But Jesus said a man who bathes himself does not need to be washed all over. The point is that we walk on our feet through this evil world. Therefore we get our feet dirty, not our robes. Jesus was saying that we sin in this world and we should help clean each other up - through instruction with the Word of God, or through rebuking/asking and giving advise/forgiving, and so on...All these things that come through fellowship.
---frances008 on 10/1/08

I would prefer the sexes stick to each other. Male to male. Female to female. I assume you are female asking the question concerning washing a fellow-brothers(male's) feet. I do agree with footwashing and annointing with oil. I have never annointed someone's feet with oil but it could do no harm. I have washed before(female to female).This is in a public assembly(church) But if you choose to wash and annoint your spouse's feet or significant others feet(male). I would say,go for it!
---Robyn on 10/1/08

Trey:I think you missed the point did Jesus wash the feet when He fed the 5,4.Thousands?Washing the feet is really an indication of the saying"I came to serve and not be served "A lesson in humility.You over exagerate.
---MIC on 9/30/08

A Very important part,
Peter says
Then Lord, not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!"

Jesus says
A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet, his whole body is clean."

I dont have enough space to put the whole conversation, but Jesus demonstrates humility and that no servant is greater than their master.

The washing of feet is symbolic, not literal. All Christian are at different levels. The ones at the higher levels must wrap themselves in the Word, lower themselves, teach and lift up those with less knowledge. Our Pastors, Priests, etc. are servants. If you are already baptized, you dont need to be again, just a washing with the WORD, to keep you clean.
---ginger on 9/30/08


The communion service is incomplete without foot washing.

Many of you mock it, I guess you think you are better than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who knelt down and washed his disciples feet?

Joh13:12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?
Joh13:13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well, for so I am.
Joh13:14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another's feet.

If the Lord of Glory spoke to you and said that you ought to do something, would you do it? - Guess not.
---trey on 9/29/08


Here is more scripture:

Joh 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
Joh 13:16 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.
Joh 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

Christ says you'll be happy if you do these things. I speak from experience, you'll be happy.

1Tim5:10 Well reported of for good works, if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.

Hope I wasn't too harsh in part 1. That wasn't directed towards you.
---trey on 9/29/08

I used to offer to wash my ex-husband's feet, he only did it once for me in six years--but maybe that was because of my feet lol! :D Seriously though I think it is a very intimate thing to wash another's feet, somehow. Almost too intimate to do in church unless it's part of a special thing and then of course, either married people or men/men and women/women. Am I nuts though?
---Mary on 9/29/08

Washing others feet and anointing with oil is very Biblical. Mary sister of Martha washed Jesus' feet and anointed Him with oil and then dryed them with her hair. Jesus washed His disciples feet at the Last Supper, saying that He came to serve, not be served. Jesus then told His disciples (followers of Jesus) to follow this example and do the same.
---Leslie on 9/29/08

We wash each others feet men to men and women to women. In our church before communion.

A brother in church had said some very mean things about me. So during the next communion I went and asked to wash his feet. After that even when we disagreed he has never spoken against me again. We greet each other in love.

Some think of it as a ritual. But touching others is not a ritual it is like a mini Baptism. I recommend it.
---Samuel on 9/29/08

I don't endorse the practice and would never participate in it; but here are references if you are into it.

Washing the feet of the disciples by Jesus. John 13:4-16
Washing the feet by disciples. 1 Tim. 5:10
---notlaw99 on 9/29/08

Yes it is biblical. ISn't this sort of activity the same thing Jesus honored in the sammaritan man in the parable? it's historical in ancient cultures. it is something Jesus did, and yes we should serve, if you think it is wrong to allow homeless to wash, then you are wrong. We are show mercy, grace and love, if we don't I think you should really search your soul, you may not be saved.
---Jared on 10/31/06

This is tried, tested and proven that those who humble themselves, will be honored: those who exalt themselves will be humbled. Needless to ink out, I seek out Humility. Does anybody need their feet washed?!

---Reiter on 10/31/06

When Jesus washed the disciples feet, He was demonstrating humility how they should also do.He could see how they were busy trying to be on top. It is biblical to show us how to humble outselves to each other insted of fighting for the higher position.
---mmadm on 10/22/06

It is not "Biblical" to wash feet as it does not have the meaning it had when Christ did it. If, as Christians, we are really into "washing feet" then we ought to be going to the homeless and bringing them to our homes, offering them our baths, soaps, lotions, and fluffy warm towels, then serving them a good meal, treating them as better than ourselves, serving them. That would really be "washing feet".
---marya4598 on 10/20/06

Guess you told me.
---Pharisee on 10/18/06

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** not the ritualistic practices of ancient men...**

And just where do you think Baptism or the Lord's Supper came from....

Or even the patterns of Christian worship?

Or, for that matter, the Bible itself?
---Jack on 10/18/06

What "the pre-reformation churches" did historically is their mistake, I am getting to the heart of the matter and the one who spoke the words, not the ritualistic practices of ancient men...
---Pharisee on 10/18/06

Looking again, I do thank you for a valuable chunck of History given, and I have to say I am thankful for you Jack, God Bless,
---Pharisee on 10/18/06

Hey I'd be happy if I could get one of you folks to just wash and iron my socks.
Any one interested?
---Elder on 10/18/06

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**It's not meant to be a ritual for Christians to wash feet,**

The Pre-reformation Churches, East and West, (which means most of Christianity) disagree with you.

However, it was, for lack of a better word, a liturgical drama, with 12 people being chosen by lot to be washed by the Bishop as this account was read from John's gospel. The oldest represented Peter, who would say, "You shall never wash my feet," and the rest would be done in dialogue.
---Jack on 10/18/06

If you are in a church that practices foot washing you will not usually find women washing men's feet or men washing women's. Everything concerning church is to be done decently-modestly. You will not find any Biblical reference for a female washing a males feet or vice-versa.
---Darlene_1 on 10/18/06

Today the washing of feet serves no practical purpose. There are other ways we can serve each other and, if we are to be obedient to Jesus command in John 13:15, we should do so with humility.
---Bruce5656 on 10/18/06

What he did do was take the role of a humble servant and this is what Jesus meant we should do for each other. Read Philippians chapter 2. We are told that Jesus Philippians 2:7,8 "But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant," and he humbled himself. It is in this context we are told: Philippians 2:5, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:"
---Bruce5656 on 10/18/06

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It is clear that Jesus was doing more than wash their feet because he told Peter You dont understand what I am doing but you will in a little while. Clearly, Peter could see that Jesus was washing their feet so he must have been talking about something other than the washing of feet. He said (John 13:15) "For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you,/u>."
---Bruce5656 on 10/18/06

It was just before his crucifixion. The disciples were arguing about who would be the greatest in the kingdom. Even John and James mother came to Jesus to ask that her sons might be specially honored in his kingdom. They needed a lesson in humility. Jesus took advantage of the fact that there was no servant to wash their feet that day and set about to teach them a lesson.
---Bruce5656 on 10/18/06

If by "biblical" you mean are we instructed to do so, the answer is:
No we are not instructed to wash feet. We are instructed to serve each other with a humble servant spirit. We read the story in John chapter 13.
---Bruce5656 on 10/18/06

With respect to the annointing with oil, this specificaly addressed in:
James 5:14, "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:"
---Bruce5656 on 10/18/06

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Does he wear sandals in a dusty climate?

Then what's the point? After all that was the signifigance in Jesus' day.

It's not meant to be a ritual for Christians to wash feet, but rather an illustration that the greatest servant will always choose the lowest position among his Brothers.
---Pharisee on 10/18/06

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