Mark 14:12-16 Prepare The Passover Meal
Posted by adventbiblestudy on April 10, 2013
Mark 14:12-16 NLTse On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, Jesus‘ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go to prepare the Passover meal for you?” (13) So Jesus sent two of them into Jerusalem with these instructions: “As you go into the city, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him. (14) At the house he enters, say to the owner, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ (15) He will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal.” (16) So the two disciples went into the city and found everything just as Jesus had said, and they prepared the Passover meal there.
This begins a series of events fulfilling the prophecies written about Jesus the Messiah. The key words, Jesus, Teacher, disciples, and Passover, show how each event is an important lesson for Jesus’ disciples. The fact Jesus’ disciples missed the true meaning of these prophecies should serve not only as a warning, but an important lesson for all of Jesus’ disciples that will follow.
One day before the Passover, Jesus told His disciples to prepare. He wondered if His disciples knew what it was to prepare for the Passover. Over the years, so much knowledge about the Passover was lost. Moses told them to remember. “Remember, these instructions are a permanent law that you and your descendants must observe forever. When you enter the land the LORD has promised to give you, you will continue to observe this ceremony. Then your children will ask, ‘What does this ceremony mean?’ And you will reply, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt. And though he struck the Egyptians, he spared our families.'” When Moses had finished speaking, all the people bowed down to the ground and worshiped. (Exodus 12:24-27 NLTse).
Did they remember how God delivered Israel from bondage in Egypt? Did they remember to cover the law inscribed in the the door posts with blood from the lamb? Did they remember to choose a lamb on the first day of the month? God commanded this so the family would develop a relationship as they fed, looked after and protected the lamb. For months Jesus was trying to teach His disciples the importance of a relationship. The animal you select must be a one-year-old male, either a sheep or a goat, with no defects. “Take special care of this chosen animal until the evening of the fourteenth day of this first month. Then the whole assembly of the community of Israel must slaughter their lamb or young goat at twilight. They are to take some of the blood and smear it on the sides and top of the door frames of the houses where they eat the animal. That same night they must roast the meat over a fire and eat it along with bitter salad greens and bread made without yeast. (Exodus 12:5-8 NLTse).
The passover restored the role of priest to the head of every family before leaving Egypt. The head of each family sacrificed the lamb, spread blood over the door posts, which reminded the family about bondage in Egypt, and explained the significance of the Passover to the children. Were the disciples prepared to accept the role? Not only accept the role, but reintroduce it to the world?
Jesus told the disciple to prepare for the Sabbath even though a man already prepared the meal. The disciples did not choose the lamb or care for it. The disciples had the Lamb of God to care for, but failed in so many ways. For months Jesus tried to teach them about the relationship He wanted to share with them. He also tried to teach His disciples about the relationship God wanted with them. Jesus was only hours away from death, yet the disciples were blind to many lessons Jesus taught over the years. They failed to understand how to interpret parables and scripture. They failed to give up popular interpretations and concepts contrary to the plan of salvation. They failed to listen to Jesus whenever He tried to teach them about the prophecies He came to fulfill.
Hours before His death, Jesus realized how little His disciples learned over the years. With little time remaining, Jesus arranged one last dinner with His disciples designed to teach lessons they would not understand at the time, and would never forget. Lessons the world would take for granted, but never forget. When they entered the room, they found everything arranged just as Jesus told them. No one asked how Jesus arranged the meal. They never thanked the man for preparing the meal. It seemed the disciples grew used to Jesus’ miracles and took them for granted. The religious leaders asked for another miracle and would continue to do the same. On the same token, Jesus’ disciples took Him for granted on a different level.
As they reclined around the table, Jesus looked at His disciples. He knew what the future held for each of therm. Jesus knew they took advantage of Him for a reason. It was all part of God’s timing. Forsaking Jesus was part of the lesson. Having little regard for His lessons, parables, miracles, friendship and love was part of God’s plan of salvation. When the time came for the disciples to teach, they had to be as passionate, convincing, loving, kind, tender, and forgiving as Jesus. To carry His message they had to become like Jesus. Scripture, lessons, parables, and events experienced with Jesus were not yet enough for them to learn,. A few more lessons then the trial of their lives would come as they watched the Messiah endure the trial of His life.
They sat around the table. Times passed without a word. Jesus took the role as head of the household, priest of the family, and began telling His disciples how Israel was delivered from Egypt. Jesus told them how Moses met God in the form of a burning bush. Jesus described the rough terrain of the mountain, the struggle Moses endured as he climbed while approaching the light. He told the disciples how God patiently waited for Moses, increasing the intensity of the light to encourage him. When Moses approached the burning bush, God spoke. “Moses! Moses!” “Here I am!” Moses replied. “Do not come any closer,” the LORD warned. “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. I am the God of your father–the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” When Moses heard this, he covered his face because he was afraid to look at God. (Exodus 3:4-6 NLTse).
Moses was gripped between fear and curiosity as he gazed upon the burning bush, wondering how it burned, but was not consumed. Then the LORD told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey–the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” (Exodus 3:7-10 NLTse).
Jesus told them how the expression on Moses’ face changed when God informed him, He was sending him to free Israel from Egypt. Jesus told them how well Moses knew the strength, glory, and power of Egypt. Moses knew he was going up against a world power. Jesus told the disciples the thoughts that went through Moses’ mind as he contemplated the impossible task. God knew his thoughts before he began his climb up the mountain. God knew his destiny before he began his journey down the Nile as a baby. God was prepared.
Jesus described the staff Moses carried. How God changed the stall into a serpent, then back again. How God changed Moses’ hand with leprosy, then back again. Moses searched for excuses, but God had an answer for every one. His brother Aaron was already on his way to aid Moses.
Every eye was focused on Jesus as he described Moses’ first meeting with Pharaoh, his adopted brother. Jesus emphasized Pharaoh’s answer. “Is that so?” retorted Pharaoh. “And who is the LORD? Why should I listen to him and let Israel go? I don’t know the LORD, and I will not let Israel go.” (Exodus 5:2 NLTse). Jesus told His disciples how Moses felt when he realized he lived with his brother all those years but never shared God with him.
The disciples were amazed as Jesus told them detail after detail about every plague. How the Nile and all the water in Egypt turned to blood. How frogs came out of a river that was dead the day before. Jesus explained how God challenged everyone of their gods of water, earth and sky, and crushed every belief. The disciples never heard such detailed descriptions and clear, concise reasoning about the exodus from Egypt.
For he turned their rivers into blood, so no one could drink from the streams. He sent vast swarms of flies to consume them and hordes of frogs to ruin them. He gave their crops to caterpillars; their harvest was consumed by locusts. He destroyed their grapevines with hail and shattered their sycamore-figs with sleet. He abandoned their cattle to the hail, their livestock to bolts of lightning. He loosed on them his fierce anger– all his fury, rage, and hostility. He dispatched against them a band of destroying angels. He turned his anger against them; he did not spare the Egyptians’ lives but ravaged them with the plague. He killed the oldest son in each Egyptian family, the flower of youth throughout the land of Egypt. But he led his own people like a flock of sheep, guiding them safely through the wilderness. He kept them safe so they were not afraid; but the sea covered their enemies. (Psalms 78:44-53 NLTse).
Jesus explained how God increased Israel’s belief as He turned the plagues onto Egypt while protecting Israel. When Jesus finished His stories about the plagues, He told them about the Passover, why it was important for the head of the household to take the position as priest of the family. How it was God’s plan to make Israel a kingdom of priests. Jesus included details of the plunder the women gathered from Israel. How the Spirit guided them to the all the materials, tools, machines, gold, silver, and bronze required to build and equip the Tabernacle.
At last Jesus told His disciples about the role of the lamb. How the family cared for it, the children fed and groomed each lamb. How the blood would cover the law written on the door post of homes built in the promised land. Jesus left His disciples with an explanation of the Passover that not only fascinated them, but stayed with them. It was something they understood as their duty to share with all generations.
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