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Precise Instructions

Posted: Monday, November 30, 2009 in Mark, New Testament

Mark 14:12-16a
On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them.

In Chapter 14, the incident recorded above is possibly the least significant because this is where we read about Jesus’s anointing, the last supper, Jesus’s prayer at the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus’s arrest and betrayal by Judas, the false charges and the trial before the Sanhedrin. In all of this why this passage you might wonder and I better explain my thought. It is probably my present situation of starting up all over again in a new land and our desperate need for God to supply our every need that I found hope in this passage. Read the passage again and note the words Jesus speaks to the disciples who want to know where to prepare the passover meal.

Jesus’s instructions were very clear and precise. No room for ambiguity and no cause for the listener to wonder. These were instructions from God himself and sounded like he had prepared each of these people, the situations and the responses just right. Take for instance the timing of the disciples meeting the man carrying the jar of water without saying where, what time and what he looks like. Then take the home owner being asked about a guest room. Would you be able to follow these precise instructions? Not unless you believe the person giving them is in total control and you had total faith in that person. What is God speaking to you today? What are his instructions to you that sound absurd to the non-believing ear but words of wisdom to the believing ones? Are you willing to obey and meet God at the place he wants you to go to? I am and I can’t wait to rejoice with God at the end of my journey.

In His Loving Service,

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