The Passover with the Disciples, Mark 14:12-21


Mark 14:12-21

The Passover with the Disciples

(Also see Exodus 12:1-14, 43-51 & Leviticus 23:4-8)

  1. Find a quiet place without distractions.
  2. Be comfortably alert, still, and at peace.
  3. Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer.
  4. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.
  5. Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.
  6. From memory, determine the central points.
  7. Jesus was an observant Jew all His life & ministry.
  8. On Thursday of the last week, will less than a day away from His crucifixion, Jesus celebrates Passover with His disciples.
  9. Jesus has obviously arranged the place for the Passover dinner, maybe in Mary’s home in Jerusalem, the mother of John Mark.
  10. Likely Jesus needed to be careful about the whereabouts of the Passover to prevent an attempt of capture by the authorities.
  11. It was a large “upper room” or a roof top room partially enclosed that wealthy people’s home might have with outside staircase.
  12. In John’s Gospel, 13:1-11, Jesus’ washes the disciples feet first.
  13. When it was dark, after 6pm, Jesus arrives at the large home in Jerusalem, and probably carefully.
  14. In the midst of the meal, about the time of the third cup, Jesus announces that someone at the table will betray Him.
  15. Psalm 41:9 might explain why Jesus knew what was about to happen: “Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.”
  16. The wording of the Psalm of David perhaps reflects the wording of Genesis 3:15 where God says to the serpent: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
  17. Each of the disciples responds, “Not I?” But it is to be one of the Twelve, and all this appointed for the Messiah.
  18. Indeed “woe” to that one to whom it had been appointed.

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