Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
The disciples had come into the room as was the custom in the ancient world, bare footed, they took off their sandals at the door.
There’s a pool of water at the door and they’re suppose to step in the pool of water and someone is suppose to dry their feet.
What they had were chamber pots and they dumped everything in the street, their garbage, human excrement, etc.
Every house had a pool of water at the entrance, and when you rang the doorbell in the ancient world, they didn’t say, “Come in” = they said “Wash your feet.”
It was the servant at the door, and he made sure that you washed your feet, and he dried your feet before you entered the house.
They walked in and they walked right by that pool of water.
Since there was no servant, they had to wash each other’s feet, and they wouldn’t do it, because they were having a hot argument as to which one of them was the greatest of the bunch.
These clue-less disciples all went through the door simultaneously without washing their feet, and they are not sitting at a table, they are reclining Roman style.
In the ancient world, there was no town trash removal and worse then that, there were no sewers, no plumbers, because there were no bathrooms.
TLJC was not going to teach anything, especially the mystery doctrine of Church-age, until He taught the importance of rebound before you can take in Bible doctrine.
1. The disciples had bathed before coming to the last supper which means all of them had taken a bath which is analogous to our salvation.
Before the Jews ate the Passover, they were told the take a bath or cleanse themselves according to the book of Leviticus.
2. The taken of a bath is analogous to salvation and therefore you can anticipate, one bath but many washings.
TIT 3:5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
3. From walking through the streets, the disciples have accumulated filth on their feet which is analogous to the believer being out of fellowship.
4. The custom of foot-washing then is analogous to rebound. If sin is not an issue after salvation then why does the Lord in HEB
7:25 always lives to make intercession for us.
If sin is not an issue after salvation then why does REV 12:10 say for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night.
If sin is not an issue after salvation then why does ROM 8:26 say And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;
Prin-No one has EVER been saved by confessing their sins.It’s ludricrous to teach that!
Why do you need to repent unless you need to get back in fellowship with God?
Because a believer can lose the filling of the Spirit and needs to recover the filling through repentance.
5. Before you eat the Lord’s food, which is Bible doctrine. you must wash your feet, which refers to rebound.
The prophet spoke of eating the Word, receiving it inwardly into his soul (JER 15:16).
It is compared to milk (1PE 2:2), like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,
PSA 19:10 The word of God is more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
Proper diet from the Word can come to us in many forms. When we pray for God to open our eyes (Psalm 119:18) and the Holy Spirit is our divine instructor (John 14:26), we can eat the bread of God by taking it into our innermost being.
There is a direct relationship between preparing ourselves to enjoy fellowship at the dining table with our Lord by making sure our feet are washed and eating the divine banquet of the word of God.
6. This dinner was fellowship with the Lord in which food was involved and our greatest fellowship with the Lord is when we meet to dine upon Bible doctrine.
7. The feet also represent service, it’s impossible to serve the Lord with dirty feet.
8. In the last chapter, JOH 12:3, the feet of Jesus had been anointed with oil, while at the beginning of this chapter, the feet of the disciples are washed with water.
9. Oil on the feet of the Savior indicates the sustaining ministry of the Holy Spirit while water on the feet of the disciples indicates the cleansing of the rebound technique.
10. TLJC will wash their feet which is a picture of Christ providing the basis of rebound on the cross.
It means that all communicators of doctrine have to keep their feet clean or be cleansed to study and teach the Word of God.
“laying aside His garments” is analogous to our Lord in PHI 2:6-8 Who, although He existed in the essence of God, He did not think equality with God a thing to be seized, but He laid aside His privileges, taking the form of a slave, having come to be in the likeness of men.
MAT 20:28 the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
JOH 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
MAT 23:11 “But the greatest among you shall be your servant.
MAR 10:43 “whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant;”
Their humility is wanting.Their manners are poor.They have garbage on their feet.
But more importantly than that…..they have garbage in their souls.
LUK 22:24 tells us this, And there arose also a dispute among them as to which one of them was regarded to be greatest.
They were all arrogant, selfish, self-centered, and wanted to choose “WHO” and “WHEN” they should serve.
Prin-iit is a good test of character and integrity, Bad manners come from a bad mental attitude.
As a believer-priest, you are to be under academic discipline under your pastor-teacher, and your manners should be impeccable.
You should have poise, concentration, self-discipline, and believe it or not, this has to be mentioned, you should do your best to be clean when you come here.
The greatest test of manners is not how a gentleman opens doors for a lady, or how a gentleman has good manners around the lady, it’s how the believer-priest has good manners in the presence of the Lord.
This is a very “tense” type of dinner and they’re all sitting down glaring at each other and they all stink…..literally and spiritually.
In MAR 9:33-34, on the way Capernaum they discussed with one another which of them was the greatest.
True love is what is left in a relationship after all the selfishness is taken out.