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The Folded Napkin.

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Edwin

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The Folded Napkin.

Why did Jesus fold his napkin?

Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection?

The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes. The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.

Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, "They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and I don 't know where they have put him!"

Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple outran Peter and got there first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in.

Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side.

Is that important? Absolutely!

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition.

When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it .

The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished.

Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table.

The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, "I'm done".

But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because ....The folded napkin meant, "I'm coming back!"

He is Coming Back!

A powerful reminder that Jesus means what he says.

Source: The Napkin is Still Folded

Every blessing.

Edwin.

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JohnDB

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Way cool!

 

All the more reason to study the Hebrew origins of the Faith.



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This is truly an inspiring meditation. One problem. Jesus was not at a table. He was in a grave. Had He done this at the Last Supper it would have meant a lot more since it would have been in context. Other translations call it litteraly a face cloth or even handkerchief.
That does not negate the fact the He is coming again.
Blessings,
Willa

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Edwin , please state when you copy and paste something from the Internet.

 

Otherwise it appears as if you have written the article yourself. 

 

God bless, 

Nigel  (ncn chat servant) 



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There are different translations to the word "napkin".Some translate it as "burial cloth" or "handkerchief" or "face cloth".Was the burial cloth folded" There is no agreement among Biblical scholars that it was neatly folded.It is rumored that folding the napkin at the table is a Jewish custom.Bible Study sources have been checked,with nothing about this Jewish custom.

I think we need some resource evidence to this or scripture.






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