Washing feet and the Priesthood

Updated: May 15

By Luke Lancaster

The Last Supper began with Jesus washing the disciples's feet. That example is loaded with meaning, however. For this recalls the Old Testament theme of priestly ordination. In John 13:5 Jesus washes the apostles’ feet, just as Aaron and his sons had their feet washed on the night of their ordination to the priesthood (Exodus 40). A few verses later, Jesus tells the apostles they cannot take “part” (Gk. Meros) in Him unless their feet were washed (John 13:8). The same is true of the Levitical priests (Num. 18:20 and Deut. 10:9) who had the “portion” (Gk. Meris) as priests.