Posted by: bshelley | January 20, 2009

Feet or Defeat?


Today’s Verse: John 13:14 “If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” NASB

It was an odd sight when the American soldiers rolled into Saddam City in Iraq and the statues of Saddam Hussein were being pulled down. The crowd of people taking part in the razing of Saddam’s images were taking off their shoes and rubbing them on the statue. It was explained that this was the worst of insults. Recently, we saw President Bush speaking in Iraq and a zealous reporter took off his shoes and literally threw them at the President. Again, intended as “insult of insults”. Fortunately President Bush’s quick reaction to dodge and duck was better than the perpetrator’s aim. In contrast to all that, here we have Emanuel, God among us, teaching His disciples that we are to wash the feet of others. Even in the first century, this was the task reserved for the lowest of slaves to perform. The feet were considered unclean. It would be beneath hosts to was the feet of even the most honored guest, for to be found bowing at their feet was beneath them. Jesus teaches His disciples that to be the greatest, that is to follow after His perfect example, we are to be servants. Bowing oneself down and washing one another’s feet was the perfect example of what kind of service He meant.  Have you washed any feet lately?

May God bless your heart as you seek His.


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