Come Follow Me LDS- Jun 3 – 9: Part 1: John 13

‘Clean Feet, The Beloved & Joshua x 3′

– Why Jesus washed the disciples’ feet

– Why was John called ‘Beloved’

– Jesus as the Third Joshua

– Jesus gives a Patriarchal Blessing, a fatherly discourse

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CFM John 13 Raw YouTube Transcript

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all right in this episode we’re going to
talk about clean feet the beloved and
Joshua times three here we go so in this
episode we’re gonna focus just on John
thirteen we’ll leave the rest for the
next episode and here we have the Last
Supper
now I’ve already covered this in Easter
episode number four I highly recommend
that you go back and listen or watch
that episode to get a little bit more
focus on the specifics of the Last
Supper but what I’m going to do this
time is talk about some of the
principles and events that happened this
night during the Last Supper that I did
not cover in that last episode first of
all I want to talk about the washing of
the feet I don’t want to make a whole
lot of speculation on this I know
there’s a lot of people that talk about
second comforter and a lot of other
things I’m not going to go into that
with this what I do want to talk about
is maybe why he is doing this and I
think that there are two primary reasons
number one is that this is a high priest
ritual in other words the high priests
in purifying themselves for the day of
atonement would need to wash their hands
in a ritual washing and need to wash
their feet in a ritual washing this is
different from any purification that
Jesus and His disciples would have made
prior to this Last Supper this is a
separate event a separate ritual and it
appears to do more with being a high
priest and it appears more about maybe a
preparation for what is about to happen
later this night which is the sacrifice
of Jesus Christ in the garden of gifts
and so they’re being prepared in a sense
going through this ritual that the high
priests would go through before they
would go through the ritual of the Day
of Atonement again as I’ve mentioned
several times the Day of Atonement is
during the Feast of Tabernacles it used
to be the most important ritual to the
ancient Israelites in the first Temple
period two goats were brought one was
purified by the high priest the sins
were put on the second goat that was the
scapegoat that goat was sent out of the
city and off of a cliff the other goat
was purified would be sacrificed along
with an ox and their blood would be used
to purify the temple to purify the land
to purify the Holy of Holies even the
Ark of the Covenant to purify the altars
and to purify even the people that’s the
blood of Christ and so this is a ritual
that they may be going through to
prepare for the day of atonement and of
course if we look at the day of
atonement in Jewish terms where the day
begins at sundown then we would say the
day of atonement did all take place on
one day which would have been Friday so
Thursday evening is the beginning of
Friday so Gethsemane this not the night
after the Last Supper and then of course
Friday morning to early afternoon on the
cross would also be part of the same day
the other reason I think that the
washing of the feet takes place here is
there is a very John has a very specific
agenda about showing Jesus as the
servant remember that this is a
fulfillment of the servant song from
Isaiah this is a messianic poem or song
very possibly part of a temple drama
that is repeated in the Book of Isaiah
it is a foretelling of the atonement and
there
the servant the Lord is called the
servant the suffering servant and that’s
an important title the early Christians
used the title of the servant for Jesus
often and remember that the word in
Aramaic which is the language that Jesus
and His disciples spoke because it’s
what the language that was brought back
from Babylon the Aramaic word for
servant Talia is the same word as lamb
so when we hear the phrase or title the
Lamb of God that is a play on words and
it is also the servant of God in other
words the servant that is prophesied of
in Isaiah is the Lamb of God we can even
look at this in the in the last episode
where we talked about the parable of the
sheep and the goats and what
distinguished them what distinguished
them was that those that went out and
loved others that served others that
clothed the naked and fed the hungry and
helped the poor
that’s the distinguishing factor between
the sheep and the goats
it’s the servants so the servants are
the Lambs same word or the Sheep and
they’re distinguished from the goats who
are not the servants who are not the
Sheep not the Lambs and so John is
showing Jesus as the servant here he is
lowering himself here below everyone
just like he will do when he takes on
the sins of the world he is the lowest
he is the servant in a sense serving all
of us but he’s also the servant of the
Father he is showing a specific
hierarchy here and he always gives the
glory to the Father he always shows that
he is below the Father and the servant
of the Father and in fact the servant of
everyone else he is the least among all
of us which makes him the greatest among
all of us he is the least because he
lowered himself below all of us he
served
and took on the burden on top of him of
everyone that’s why he’s the least
that’s why he’s the lowest because all
of the burdens were placed on top of him
all of us were put on his back so to
speak and so this title of the servant
is linked to that temple drama that we
speak of often in the ancient Israelite
religion during the Feast of Tabernacles
that is one of the titles of the King
one of the titles of Jehovah one of the
titles of the Lord is the servant who
would be sacrificed to the suffering
servant so when Peter says to Jesus when
Jesus says he wants to wash his feet
Peter says in verse 8 thou shalt never
wash my feet and jesus answered him if I
wash thee not thou hast no part with me
so in other words you can’t be a part of
what I’m going through and bonded to me
in this sense because we have to go
through this ritual this high priestly
ritual to prepare you and purify you for
what I’m about to do if he’s not
prepared then he’s not gonna have any
part of this makes a lot of sense and
then Peter says to him Lord not my feet
only but also my hands and my head the
hands and feet at least for sure and
maybe the head also are all part of this
high priestly ritual that takes place
before the Day of Atonement down in
verse 16 we get a confirmation of this
hierarchy again hierarchy very big part
of the gospel verse 16 says verily
verily I say unto you the servant is not
greater than his Lord Jesus he is the
servant neither he that is sent greater
than he that sent him so the Father the
Son and then those that serve him the
high priests really is what would be
next but those that follow the Savior
the disciples and then in verse 18 Jesus
talks about the betrayal of Judas he
says this I speak not of you all I know
whom I have chosen but
the scripture may be fulfilled he that
eateth bread with me hath lifted up his
heel against me
remember that lifting up your heel
against someone would be used to crush
someone and interestingly enough he’s
referring to the bread here so this may
be the soft that is used at the cedar
meal if this is a cedar meal this Last
Supper it would have been the soft that
would be used it would be dipped into
the bitter herbs probably horseradish to
show the betrayal this would be
obviously very bitter but it’s linked to
the bread and it’s linked then to the
last Passover remember in the last in
the very first Passover just prior to
the very first Passover all of the
disciple disciples were called the
twelve were called and then in the
following Passover the year before what
we’re covering now Jesus had the theme
of the manna from heaven and he talks
about the bread and he feeds the 5,000
and what happened shortly after that
well as he describes how the bread is
his body and the water his blood they
can’t quite handle what he’s saying I
think they’re really the people that are
following him don’t like what they’re
hearing not about cannibalism not
something they can’t understand about
eating his body but they don’t like the
idea that he is the savior of the world
and a lot of them leave they leave Jesus
behind they take off and Jesus is left
with many much fewer disciples and
that’s when he has to go back to the
twelve and maybe some other disciples
and say who do you think I am Do You
Know Who I am they don’t believe in Who
I am
Do You Know Who I am and Peter then is
given the response that yes ye are the
you are the Christ the Son of God and
that gives you the distinction right
there between what the disciples or or
those that are listening and then take
partaking of the bread that Jesus
miraculously produced it’s not
cannibalism that I’ve seen
brought up is the issue they couldn’t
understand that it was his body it’s
about him it’s always about him being
the Son of God and taking on the sins of
the world and Peter makes that very
clear with his response so all of these
followers of Jesus leave him they betray
him right and now we come to the third
Passover here at the Last Supper and
here is the betrayal again this is Judas
that is going to betray Jesus and so the
three different Passover’s here would
follow themes that were often brought up
a three-year set of themes he had the
calling of the twelve in the first
Passover we had the bread and the mant
the manna from heaven that was the theme
of the next Passover and then here is
when the disciples are going to partake
of the cup partake of the blood the vine
of Christ and the reference to lifting
up your heel to me is a reference back
to psalm 41:9 those are the specific
words that are given at that time which
are part of the temple drama and then
another thing that is brought up here is
the description or maybe something else
but the description of one of the
disciples the Beloved Disciple the loved
one so Jesus says here in verse 23 now
there was one leaning on Jesus bosom one
of his disciples whom Jesus loved so
this is the beloved this is likely John
the author of this gospel so this has
brought up a few different times and
remember again John is likely a high
priest he probably comes from a high
priestly family there are many things
throughout the Gospels that show that he
is probably a younger high priest and so
you loved’ could very well be a title
remember that’s basically what Dave
means the term the name David David may
not have even been Solomon Solomon’s
father’s name it could very well have
just been a title the beloved this is
the title basically that Abraham gives
to Isaac or the author Moses or whoever
the original author is of the story of
Abraham Abraham refers to Israel refers
to Isaac as the one he loves so this is
very likely a title and it’s probably a
royal high priestly title which changes
our understanding a little bit about the
term that the father uses when he
introduces Jesus Christ this is my
beloved Son in whom I am well pleased
wouldn’t that make everything just so
much richer to understand that we are
that even the father is tying everything
back together to these titles of royalty
with Jesus that he is the king that has
been prophesied of throughout all time
since the time of Adam that he is the
air just like Isaac was the heir to
Abraham and not Ishmael Jesus is the
Davidic King he is the beloved and here
where John is likely a high priest it
could very well be that in that priestly
role that high priestly role that he is
called the beloved so an interesting
take on that term and then lastly we get
something interesting here with the
patriarchs and with fathers we yet we
get oftentimes in Scripture a discourse
kind of a patriarchal discourse that is
given before the time of their death we
get it with Adam in the book of Moses we
read that Adam had all of his posterity
gathered together
and he gave out blessings and gave a
discourse and here starting in verse 33
we get something very similar where
Jesus is acting as the father and giving
a patriarchal blessing which is full of
advice prophecy and love to those that
are around him remember we don’t know
exactly who is at the Last Supper this
could be a very large room think banquet
room it could be just the twelve it
could be there are 15 in other documents
of for example the the community rule
from the Damascus document from another
sect religious sect they show that there
were 12 and then above those 12 there
were three others just like we have the
first presidency and then the quorum of
the twelve so they had 15 that would
have been there and maybe a 16th that
actually led everything or there could
have been even more were there spouses
that could have been here at the Last
Supper we don’t know but Jesus begins to
give one of these fatherly patriarchal
discourses and he starts it off like
this in verse 33 little children just
like a father you had a little while I
am with you ye shall seek me and as I
said unto the Jews whether I go he
cannot come so now I say to you so he’s
leading off this discourse as the father
remember that Abena die describes
Jehovah Jesus as the father as well as
the son and he says that he is the
father to those that believe in him that
accept him that we become his seat and
in that role he is our Father and that’s
the role he’s playing right here so
Jesus says whether I go you cannot come
so now I say to you he goes on with the
discourse we’ll get to that in a second
in many ways
Jesus is the third Joshua here
it’s the first Joshua that leads the
Israelites into the Promised Land Moses
doesn’t do it because those that are
wandering in the desert have been too
wicked to be able to come into the
Lord’s rest as he calls it they can’t
come into the Promised Land it’s Joshua
that has to do that and remember that
the name Jesus is the same name as
Joshua so Mary called her son Yeshua
which is the Hebrew Joshua not Jesus
Jesus is the Greek version of Joshua
so the first Joshua was able to bring
the Israelites into the Promised Land
and then when the Jews or those of the
kingdom of Judah will call him were
taken into exile into Babylon they were
led back to Jerusalem in the land of
Judea by another Joshua we see that in
the book of Ezra so they’re brought back
into the promised land and here Jesus is
trying to lead us to the promised land
he’s the third Joshua but we can’t go
with him yet but he is going to provide
the way for us to go into his rest to
end up in our spiritual land of promise
whether I go you cannot come so now I
say unto you so he’s going to about to
make basically open the gate for us to
be able to do that and that brings us to
the beginning of this Passover discourse
this patriarchal discourse and the
famous scripture which says a new
commandment I give unto you that ye love
one another as I have loved you that ye
also love one another this is likely the
Hebrew word has said has said is used
oftentimes in the Old Testament it is
love and it comes with a bond with a
covenant or is often tied to
a bond or a covenant and it is likely
the way I see it the same word that
would be used for that Paul uses for
faith hope and charity very similar type
of a thing this is kind of like the
higher law that includes charity and
love that would be necessary to be able
to reach the promised land that Joshua
Jesus is leading us to and he is about
to perform the greatest charity that
will ever be performed and so to open up
that gate first he’s gonna do what he
has to do but then he gives us a
commandment which is to love one another
to have charity for one another and of
course just as he says in the famous
scripture that you love one another as I
have loved you he is leading by example
and it’s us that should take the
sacrifice that he’s about to perform as
not only something we can have faith in
and lean on as a principle for our
progression but also an example of
charity that we need to take on
responsibility that we need to take on
burdens of others that we need to share
in their grief and be servants like him
to be like the Sheep or the servants or
we clothe the naked we feed the hungry
and we lift others up around us as Jesus
has done for all of us I’ll talk to you
next time

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