Saturday, April 14, 2012

Faithful Friday - "Folding the Napkin"

I’m a day late with Faithful Friday, but I decided to do it anyway. :) Jason’s dad is not doing well and several of Pawpaw’s brothers and sisters have come in to see him while he will still know them. With company here and lots of trips to the Hospice House (which is one hour away from us), our schedule has been a little hurried the past few days. But….I figure better late with a Faithful Friday post than to not do it altogether!

Anyway, when I received this in an email this week from a sweet homeschooling friend, I knew I wanted to share it on my next Faithful Friday, especially since we just celebrated Easter. I’m not sure how I ever missed reading this somewhere along the line but it was very interesting, informative, and exciting that Jesus took time to leave a small gesture to reveal His promise to us!

Why Did Jesus Fold the Napkin?

Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? I never noticed this....

The Gospel of John 20:7 (YLT) 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 separate from the grave clothes.

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.

Was that important? Absolutely!
Is it really significant? Yes!

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

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,
The folded napkin meant, 'I'm coming back!'


Be sure and stop by and visit Joy’s Faithful Friday too. We invite you to join us for Faithful Fridays (usually on Friday, not Saturday).

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend!

Be Blessed!
~ Tammy ~


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ohiofarmgirl said...

So sorry to hear about your family making such sad trips...what I time of sadness that was for me...praying for you. Dianntha

Joy ~ Doodlebug ~ said...


That is so neat! :) That's one of those things that sort of gives you chill bumps. :)

Thank you for doing Faithful Fridays! I love you! 8!

God bless you!
Joy :)

Hollie said...

I enjoyed reading this entry so much!! Thank you for taking the time to make it! Keeping you all in my prayers!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Love what the folded napkin means! Really sorry you all are going through such a hard time. Praying for you!

Blessed Beyond said...

sending prayers for your family!!! This is a so great! Thanks for sharing!

Susannah said...

I am so sorry you are going through such sadness. I have you all in my prayers. Like I have sad, I really like your "Faithful Fridays"! I am late this week, too.

Tanya said...

Such a lovely story that I've never heard! Thank you for sharing it!
I am so so sorry to hear of your sad time with Jason's Dad. Such a hard wait! I know you are leaning on God and finding much comfort and strength in the Word. Visiting my Mom in the nursing home every day makes me so conscience of the "waiting" for so many of the people I see. Aging, the elderly, the terminally ill can be such hard and sad circumstances. Heaven is a hope and our reward. We must keep our eyes focused.
Thinking of you and knowing your heart is heavy. Praying for comfort as you endure hard days.

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