First Becomes Last
- Bill Bullin wrote:
> The first became last, the youngest, the oldest; swinging from refusal to haveDear Bill,
> his feet washed at all to a demand for total immersion, Peter is all the time
> seeking pre-eminence. It is as if Jesus is looking for a word-picture that
> will penetrate the pre-eminent Apostle's thick skin; the image of the crowing,
> prancing noisy cockerel at dawn provided the image, the image precedes the
> prediction; the cockerel, first indeed as dawn breaks, but last indeed the
> master denying Peter, crest-fallen, breast fallen, throat choked, eyes
> streaming, now flooding like the empty boastful words of the night of
> betrayal. But the young servant/disciple, is elevated to the seat of honor
> that no one dare claim for himself. He is Benjamin at Joseph's banquet of
> agape, indeed a beloved disciple.
In John 20:4-7 the younger BD out runs the elder Peter arrive at the tomb
first, then steps aside to allow Peter to enter and discover the soudarion
rolled up and laid in a separate place. Does this not complete the Seder of
the Last Supper wherein the children discover the afikomen? It appears to
be a sign that the rolls of Peter and the BD are reversed and parallel the
Joseph scenario you lay out.
It is also reiterated when Jacob crosses his hands and gives Ephraim the
blessing of his right hand over the precedence of Manasseh in Genesis 48.
Curiously, the story of Tamar's twins in Genesis 38 interrupts the story of
Joseph, another tale of a usurped birth right. Tamar is one of the women
named in the lineage of Jesus.