Daily Read - 2 Samuel 18:1-19:10; John 20:1-31; Psalm 119:153-176; Proverbs 16:14-15
3 Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb.
4 So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first.
5 And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in.
6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there,
7 and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths,
but folded together in a place by itself.
There are some commentaries suggesting the folded head cloth of Jesus carries great significance especially when you understand Jewish tradition and customs 2,000 years ago.
First, there is not one scripture placed in the Word of God by coincidence. Every word is inspired by Holy Spirit and divinely placed on purpose. Have you ever wondered why John wrote with such detail about the findings in the empty tomb? A whole verse describes Christ's head covering. In verse 7, John writes, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.
Why was this so important for John to include in his account of Christ's resurrection?
In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, one must have a little understanding of the Hebrew traditions and customs of the day. Some commentaries explain 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 it was done exactly to the master's liking. The table was furnished perfectly and then the servant would wait, just out of sight until the master had finished eating. The servant would not dare touch that table until the master was finished.
Now if the master was finished, he would rise from the table, wiping his fingers, mouth, and his beard with the napkin and would wad it up tossing it onto the table. The servant would then know to clear the table because a wadded napkin meant, I'm done
. However, if the master got up from the table and folded his napkin, placing it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because the folded napkin meant, I'm coming back!
Of course, we don't need a waded up napkin to convince us our Redeemer is returning, but it does make one appreciate the lengths our God goes to convey a message. His Word contains tremendous treasures, details we sometimes skip over without a full understanding of their meaning.
There are some who say the devil is in the details, but I totally disagree, God is in the details and Holy Spirit makes sure we get the message loud and clear!
Jesus is coming back for His bride!
Maranatha......Come quickly Lord Jesus!