John 13:4-10 says “He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.” If we really understand what Jesus did here, then you will also understand it is the last day church, the feet, that need constant cleansing. Genesis 3:15 says “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Women do not have seeds, they have eggs, but here we see the virgin birth proclaimed and the Christ who bruises the head of the Serpent, but the serpent bruises the heel. The heel represents the last day church, the last part of the body. Daniel say the image of Gold and ten toes who are the ten horns rising against the Great Mountain, but the Mountain hit the image on the feet (Daniel 2:34). The church in this last hour needs cleansing the presence of the Lord, while they stand against the ten horns (ten toes). Notice what Jesus says in Luke 7:44 says “And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.” John 12:3 mentions this “Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.” When we worship we wash the feet of the Lord. We are cleansed in worship. John 13:13-14 says “Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.” It is important that we understand the sash around your robe is meant as the hand towel for foot washing. The Latin word for Mantle is Mantellum meaning “cloak” but that word is also connected to another Latin word Mantelum meaning “Hand towel”! This tells me that Jesus shifted the understanding of the mantle from the shoulder, to washing one another’s feet with a hand towel! If the mantle on you can’t serve and cleanse the path of those walking out the assignment then you’ve forgotten what ministry is!

-Anthony Booker

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