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First Foot Washing

I know the answer to this, but not until the other night. Does anyone know when the first foot washing started in the bible? When I found this, it blew me away.

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 ---Rebecca_D on 11/22/06
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when jesus washed the deciples feet it was symbolic of what the word does to our hearts and minds,but jesus did everything in parables and riddles,its the hearts of men that need washing,jesus says out of the hearts of men proceeds all manner of evil,and what comes out of the hearts of men is what defiles a man,circumcision is of the heart.jesus said he that eats bread with me has lifted up his heel against me,but judas never assaulted jesus with his heel,judas never kicked jesus,satan had enter in the heart of judas to betray jesus,judas had lifted his heart against jesus ,so when jesus washed their feet it was their hearts that he was cleaning,jesus said you are clean by the WORD spoken unto you
---alex on 11/6/09

Rebecca, unless you're trying to feel smug and superior, don't leave us on tenterhooks. Give us your answer, please.
---Jack on 11/7/07

#1 In studying the Tabernacle in the wilderness, you find in the court, just beyond the first gate, the Brazen Altar and the Brazen Laver. In order to enter into the Holy Place, the priests had to stop first and foremost at the Brazen Altar where they were given a through cleansing which speaks of being born again. Then before they could enter the Tabernacle, they must first wash their hands and feet.
---Debbie on 11/25/06

#2 They didn't need a cleansing inside and out, they just needed to get the filth of the world of their hands and their feet. So it is with us. Jesus knew this and that is why He washed the disciples feet. Judas had been in their presence, he had been overtaken with evil and they needed to be a cleasing for the remaining eleven. They weren't in need of a total cleansing but had dirty feet because they were in the midst of the dirt of wickedness.
---Debbie on 11/25/06

Jhn 13:10 Jesus said to him, He who is bathed has need only to have his feet washed and then he is clean all over: and you, my disciples, are clean, but not all of you.
---dsda on 11/24/06

Jesus gave the importance, John 13:4-17, see 14, "If I then, your Lord & Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet." Note foot washing by Jesus was AFTER they supped: Not the "traditional" at-the-door foot washing. It puts you in front of your brother (sister) with love, respect, & confessing to one another to keep order in God's body. This is done before communion. Read about communion & Baptism to see which of the 3 Jesus has most emphasis on.
---mikefl on 11/24/06

Washing feet was a common every day occurrence in the ancient world people wore sandals and walked on dusty/muddy roads and walkways. They needed their feet washed frequently and it was the role of the host to provide the water necessary for them to do so.
---Bruce5656 on 11/24/06

Sometimes the host would provide a servant to take care of the washing. As you know, Jesus assumed the role of that servant to wash his disciples feet when none of them would ever consider "lowering" themselves to do so.
---Bruce5656 on 11/24/06

People who place an emphasis on washing feet today, fail to recognize that what Jesus did was simply to assume the role of servant to meet a need. This at a time when the disciples were bickering about who would be the greatest in the kingdom.

It was not the act of washing feet that was unusual or different. It was that Jesus humbled himself to do so.
---Bruce5656 on 11/24/06

Part One

Rebecca - I did think of what you mentioning. However, I have a problem with that. When Jesus washed the disciples feet, it was the fact that this was their LEADER stooping down to the level of a servant. For the rest of the Bible, it was the servants who did the foot-washing. That was as a result of their job description and station in life. The Jews walked around in sandals, and had dirty feet.
---laure5759 on 11/24/06

Part Two

What I'm trying to say is that the implications of the two are completely different, and this is why we look to Jesus, and not to those who had gone before, because Jesus is the greatest, and yet the servant of all.
---laure5759 on 11/24/06

I heard 7DA still do it occasionally during church service.
---cindy on 11/24/06

Thats right Rebecca. NT people are foolish to believe that the NT is the only truth when Jesus is the Word and the Whole Word that is. Not half. He is the bible and take half away, you cut Him in 2, throw one half a way and keep the other. Why bother at all then if you just want half. Its like eating half a goose pie and give the rest to the dogss.
---lily on 11/24/06

I try and read/study the bible every night. And I read in the Old Testament where the foot washing began. I thought that it started in the New Testament. It first started in Gen 18:4 and on. People washed others feet not just their own. It may not mean alot to some, but it means alot to me, because I found the truth and some people don't believe in that.
---Rebecca_D on 11/23/06

Gen 18:3 And said, My Lord, if now I have grace in your eyes, do not go away from your servant:
Gen 18:4 Let me get water for washing your feet, and take your rest under the tree:
---dsda on 11/23/06

Please share with us what it was about what you read that "blew you away". Was it the people involved? The time? The place?
---Bruce5656 on 11/23/06

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as far as i know it was Jesus.
---tony on 11/23/06

That depends on whether you are talking about someone washing their own feet or the feet of another.

There are incidents of people washing their own feet from Genesis on. Gen 18:4 etc. In I Sam 25:41 Agbagail offers to wash the feet of David and his men.
---Bruce5656 on 11/23/06

Mary washes Jesus' feet.
---laure5759 on 11/23/06

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