Mark 14b Notes

Mark14b (vs12-31)                          Notes



12   And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover   Lamb,


This   holy season merges the high day with the week following. Lamb offered by each   family.


his   disciples said to Him, "Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat   the Passover?"


The   Lord's family is His disciples. They offer to make ready this holy meal for   the group.


13   And He sent two of His disciples and said to them, "Go into the city,


Sent   out by two's again, to prepare the gathering in the holy city with all of Israel.


and   a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him,


A   man with a water jar is an unusual sight. This servant returns dutifully to   the house...


14   and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house,


2   servants of the Lord in trail, to ask the home owner for his service...


"Where   is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?"


Seems   pre-arranged -- that this man knows Jesus and owes Him a favor.


15   And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready, there prepare   for us."


A   second floor space large enough for a party of 13+ people to dine in.


16   And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as He had   told them,


Undaunted,   these two follow the Lord's instructions and find His prescience precise.


and   they prepared the Passover.


Work:   offer lamb at the temple, then to cook it, and the bread and vegetables, set   the Table.




17   And when it was evening, He came with the twelve.


The   group gathered from several quarters to convene here as appointed.


18   And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said,


At   ease (not standing) in the promised land. Enjoying their final memorial meal...


"Truly,   I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me."


This   solemn announcement alters the mood of the evening. A friend right here is   betrayer?


19   They began to be sorrowful and to say to Him one after another, "Is it I?"


No   such thought previously in mind, they all wonder how and who could do such a   thing.


20   He said to them, "It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the   dish with Me.


Yes,   one of you 12, who shares this meal with me. Terrible treachery to break such   trust.


21   For the Son of Man goes as it is written of Him,


God   has His plan, to be fulfilled exactly as revealed. The Sovereign Will be   accomplished.


but   woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed!


But,   not all players have an honorable role. "Alas!" for the judgment upon the   betrayer.


It   would have been better for that man if he had not been born."


Personal   responsibility stands sure. Filling an evil role forfeits the entire purpose   for living.




22   And as they were eating, He took bread, and after blessing it broke it and   gave it to them,


Tradition   speech: "This is the bread of affliction..." Here ushers in a new meaning.


and   said, "Take; this is my body."


Interpreted   in Himself: the suffering & offering of the Lamb of God in new Passover.


23   And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they   all drank of it.


After   many previous cups during the traditional meal, this final one, insisted   participation by everyone present.


24   And He said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out   for many.


Compact-making   blood a special provision, initiating a new commitment of God for all.


25   Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until   that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God."


Clear   that this is His final meal with them here. The next time they eat together   will be IN the new dispensation, divine rule & grace.




26   And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount    of Olives.


Jesus   lifted His voice with theirs in a traditional psalm of praise. How fitting   Psa116-118 are for Jesus. Then, on to the garden...


27   And Jesus said to them, "You will all fall away, for it is written,


Among   the many things said this evening (Jn13-17), another sobering announcement:


'I   will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.'


Every   one of His followers would desert Him, as the prophecy is written (Zech13.7).


28   But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee."


Eyes   focusing on the joy set before Him (Heb12.2), & to reune with them by the   sea...


29   Peter said to Him, "Even though they all fall away, I will not."


Despising   weakness in others and blind to his own. How wishful we are for strength.


30   And Jesus said to him, "Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the   rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times."


The   Lord knows the precise conditions of His disciple's failure. How chilling!   Yet, He loves us. And warns us so carefully.


31   But he said emphatically, "If I must die with You, I will not deny You."


So   urgent in laying claim to valor. Correct value to choose loyalty over life.   Yet, not a realistic assessment of his true priorities.


And   they all said the same.


Every   other disciple joined Peter in this bold declaration of loyalty. Sad that   their mutual support would so soon evaporate.



notes by David Teel Friday, October 24, 2014