Mark 14: 10-16……Celebration and Betrayal.

Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray him.
And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.

Comment: Was Judas so upset by what he saw as the waste of Mary’s gift that he is prepared to desert the One Whom he had been following for several years? (See yesterday’s devotion) We are told elsewhere that Judas was a thief and used to dip his fingers in the group’s common purse (John 12 5-6). But, whatever, he after arranging his dastardly betrayal still joined the group for the passover meal. Had Jesus earlier arranged with the guy to set up a meal for Him and His disciples? We are not told. It wasn’t usual for men to carry the water pots but the advice clearly led the disciples going ahead to do the arranging spade work to the right place and a warm welcome. In your thinking remember the timing of this event. On the morrow Jesus would die.

Prayer: Help me, neither by action nor word to deny You, Lord Jesus.

One thought on “Mark 14: 10-16……Celebration and Betrayal.

  1. Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. Until someone pointed out to me that it was unusual for a man to be carrying a water pot, that significant point was completely lost on me. Sometimes we need to go back and understand the culture of the time, or we can miss very significant things that happen. It proves that Jesus always knew the future and what was ahead, for He is the One who holds the future in His Hands. Praise God. Judas must have had a hard heart to have been with Jesus for three years, and yet not come to see Him and know Him as God, the Eternal One. God bless you.


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