John Chapter 13 foot washing and Judas’ betrayal taught by Pastor Don Moore
Notes from Bible study of 6/7/13
John 13:1-3 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God,
This is the event that ties Jesus’ work to its culminating crescendo – an expression of love. This supper (Passover meal) is a tying together of commitment and dedication of marriage between Him and His disciples in a similar way as a couple in the Jewish Wedding Covenant shares the bread and wine. Judas is not in covenant with Jesus for satan enters into Judas and Judas betrays Jesus.
In verse three we see Jesus knows He came from God and is going to God. We saw this with Jesus’ baptism when God said this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Jesus knew all things were given into His hands because of the Covenant promises spoken and of all the prophecies given in the Scriptures.
Some things we know by faith that goes beyond our intellect. When we know by faith we have a solid understanding of it. Head knowledge does not always bring understanding of the important facts.
Your simple faith will work for you and you will see miracles under the unction of the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit, the level of power is different. Moses did not have sufficient power to part the Red Sea, but with the Holy Spirit’s aid the sea parted.
In church, there is a state of confusion. We are looking for a manifestation of faith through God, waiting for God to act and then we will have faith. We are not operating on our simple faith. We wait for God. There is a problem.
For example if you want a great ministry, you wait for God to open doors, but you’re not using your simple faith to move in that direction. God won’t give miracles for people who don’t operate their simple faith.
The large majorities of miracles in the Bible occur on the basis of Jesus saying, “YOUR FAITH healed you.” The woman with the issue of blood declared that, if she could touch the hem of Jesus’ garment, she would be healed. Jesus told her that her faith healed her.
Sometimes we have simple faith for things God did not put his seal of approval on. (Character issues) Faith will work for you like electricity in the natural. It will work even on things that God isn’t totally approving – and the devil is glad to bring something into existence to bring us to self-destruction.
In our church, one woman wanted a house so bad she marched around the property and used her faith to declare the house is hers. Pastor Don saw the house and realized it was a home-owner’s nightmare, but the woman wanted the house. She and her husband spent years in that house struggling and things never worked out. Finally she realized she had made a wrong choice, they sold the house and moved into a more suitable abode. But here faith worked to get her the house that was not in her best interests.
Sin is not a problem for God – He forgives us our sins. What is a problem for God is consistency of sin and disobedience. We all make mistakes and sin, but God wants to see us seeking to live more in accord with His plan for our lives.
God dwells within us all the time but is not operating all the time. Work up simple faith. We have to operate our simple faith. God will not operate in the feeling realm. He operates in the “I know” realm based on faith.
Jesus – in verse three – knows by simple faith – He doesn’t need to reconfirm.
God wants us to operate in simple faith as disciples of Christ. Feelings come and go. Healing waits on where God can locate your faith. The Holy Spirit looks in the heart of man and administers healing for what is believed. God is looking for a place where you can agree with God. He is looking for what will cause you to release simple faith.
For some healing comes with laying on of hands, others it comes when the doctor prescribes pills and you believe those pills will heal you. God will meet you where your faith is.
FAITH TRANSFERENCE. As we grow in faith we can transfer faith from one area to another. We may have faith that God can heal a headache – then we get a neck ache. We then transfer the faith for headache healing to neck ache healing. Our faith grows as we see both areas healed.
We don’t have total faith – some have faith for finances, but can’t believe for healing. Others may have healing faith but not see God healing their family relationship or finances.
Our goal is to grow our faith. We are all given a measure of faith and the Bible tells us that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. The more we hear the Word of God and speak the Word of God, the greater our faith grows.
Change in our lives doesn’t occur because of intellectual knowing but by faith knowing.
Jesus said – My sheep know My voice.
Pastor Don said that sometimes a thought crosses his mind that is in a subject he wasn’t thinking about. If it is something he didn’t want to think about it’s probably God. For example, if he is thinking about going fishing and a thought comes that he should visit one of the church members instead of fishing – that thought probably came from God.
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
God can supply our needs exceedingly, abundantly above anything we can think or imagine.
Simple faith draws on the Holy Spirit. The independent work of the Holy Spirit is sometimes manifested through a person to draw out of someone what we need to accomplish God’s will.
If praise is at a high level, God draws near to hear. He pays attention to praise and the angels of the house joins that praise and takes it higher. By God’s presence, we are blessed. God’s natural Spirit is a blessing. God wants us to get out of feeling and get to the higher echelons and higher revelation of truth.
Jesus never questions His relationship with His Father (God), the Father’s relationship with Him, and the Holy Spirit’s ability to operate on Him, or to call the Holy Spirit. He is confident in faith that God will never leave or abandon Him.
For healing ministry, confident simple faith will work even if it is not supernatural healing. Our self-will tries to keep us where we are and to fight against attempts to change. Change is only possible when we are willing to surrender our will at the altar.
You can’t get the blessing you want without getting rid of the baggage God wants us to change.
FAITH AND PRESUMPTION.
We are often ruled by feelings. When we want to make a change there is pressure to take an estimated guess, bring the situation under judgment and make our own judgment and presumption of the situation. We think we know who, how, when, and why. The truth is God knows and He may have a different idea. We set ourselves up as an idol.
Ask yourself, how did I arrive at that? Is it I feel strongly about that? No Scripture says when you feel strongly a certain way, God will do it. Presumptuous faith is not faith.
FAITH IS I KNOW – based on God’s going to do. Presumption brings disappointment. We ask for the wrong reason, for the wrong thing, at the wrong time. We can’t pressure God. God does something because God said it, but we can’t pressure Him. We don’t know when or how or in what condition.
If God hasn’t given us a Rhema Word about something, we just trust the written Word. If we don’t’ hear it as Rhema Word, we can’t presume it’s now. We can’t eliminate the sovereign will of God. Some things will wait until the millennial reign.
Some promises are not manifested now because we don’t confront our flesh. God doesn’t send a Word to depress or defeat. He will clarify or encourage with His Word.
John 13:4-5 …rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
Jesus takes the role of servant, the lowest level of servant. A doulos or slave would wash feet and wipe them with a towel girded around their waist, butt naked.
John 13:4-5 AMP Got up from supper, took off His garments, and taking a [servant’s] towel, He fastened it around His waist. Then He poured water into the washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the [servant’s] towel with which He was girded.
What He did caused Him to set aside His garments – this is prophetic, for Jesus set aside the garment of His divinity to come down as man. Jesus stepped out of his position of authority to the disciples and came to the disciples as the lowest level of slave, taking off the towel and using it to wipe the feet. Cleansing. This is a pre-enactment of the crucifixion. Jesus took the role of servant, stepping out of His position and authority to teach the apostles.
John 13:6-7 Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.”
Simon Peter doesn’t want Jesus washing his feet. Jesus is doing this so the disciples learn what they need and are prepared for after the Cross. There’s some things that the leadership of the Holy Spirit and Jesus ask us to do and we don’t understand. Don’t debate. Obedience is not based on if we agree with what is proposed or accept it; obedience is the proper position for servanthood.
You can have a pastor who is out of order with God. For example a pastor directs the church to minister to orphans but that was not God’s plan for that particular church. If the people obey the pastor, even though it is not God’s plan for that church, God will honor their obedience to the pastor’s leadership.
We can be in theological error, people go off in their own mind and what they want, but not obey the Word of God. Or we can change our theology based on the opinions of people and our feelings, but the change is not theologically sound.
We ran out of time for this Bible study, but will be looking at this more for a few more weeks.
Have a blessed day,