Thursday, 9 April 2009

folded napkin (John 20:7)

a friend emailed the reb and asked whether there was such a hebrew tradition of folding the napkin and whether this hebrew tradition is to be used to interpret john 20:7. the email is quoted below in italics:


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 out ran 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! 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 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 was done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers and mouth with that napkin and toss it on to 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 knew that the folded napkin meant, 'I'm not finished yet.'

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



so, the reb did some investigative work and whoalah! it is an urban legend.
see below:

and that quote came from a sermon by a baptist guy called jerry shirley! see below:

the reb and colleague myhomilia had a good laugh over it.

it's snowing in stm

this morning it is snowing in stm! well, not white snow but yellow.

our flame of the forest is raining down its yellow flowers and coating the road and cars with a carpet of yellow. and it is thursday! that's gardening day in stm. pity the students who are in charge of that section of the road. there is a lot to sweep. maybe, some of them will engage in a rain dance and get the rains to come and wash it away for them. maybe, call on Ba'al - he is the weather god.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

tri-by elections

unprecedented in malaysia to have three by-elections on the same day. smells fishy? of course. somebody will try anything to win. not to say the whole government machinery at one's disposal. or intimidation using helicopters flying overhead or fru trucks and the men in red watching menacingly or enticing chinese voters with wah-wah girls singng chinese pop songs or lodging complaints that non-muslims cannot quote from the quran or unleashing 'suratkhabar lama' in bukit gantang to fish more votes etc. you name it, we have it in malaysia.

the reb thinks pr will win 2 and bn win 1. that is if no dirty tricks are played.

for live coverage on the net, see these links:


the people's parliment by harris ibrahim

anil netto

zorro unmasked



some of the reb's students said the reb prophecised correctly about the by-election results. the reb don't think so. prophecy is not just foretelling about the future but also forthtelling to the present. it doesn't take a prophecy to see where the election results were heading.

the government knew by putting all 3 by-elections on the same day, it will backfire on the opposition as they do not have enough resources and manpower to handle all 3 simultaneously. BN thinks it can win at least 1 or maybe 2 seats.

anyway, PR won 2 as the reb expected. if one were to read the news coming from the man-in-the-street (not the government-controlled media), the signs were already on the wall. the hand has already written 'mene mene tekel parsin' (Dan 5:25). BN, you have been weighed and found wanting. it doesn't take a prophet to see this!

angels and demons

dan brown's book angels and demons is coming out this 15th may as the 2nd movie (also played by tom hanks). frankly, this book is far better than da vinci's code. even if the premise is far-fetched, still makes enjoyable reading. but the reb always think that tom hanks is not suited for the role. more like a harrison ford is the ideal.

see the movie trailer.

Monday, 6 April 2009

holy week

time flies. the year seems to have just started for 2009 and we are now in holy week. this is the week christians celebrate and remember the final week of jesus' life on earth.

thursday is maundy thursday (from latin mandatum - commandment) where there will be a holy communion service organized by wesley methodist church seremban but held in stm chapel.

friday is good friday. traditionally churches have good friday services beginning from 9am till 3pm where the 7 last words of jesus are shared. tumc is having a night good friday service at 8pm in tumc.

saturday is traditionally called low saturday. the church cancels all activities and christians are encouraged to fast and pray.

sunday is easter sunday, the day where jesus rose from the dead. tumc will be having our usual morning easter service at 9a,. the reb will be preaching the easter sermon and celebrating holy communion. usually the church ends with a lunch where everyone enjoys a time of fellowship together.