Deuteronomy 22-24 Mark 14:1-26
“Jesus sent two of his followers and said to them, ‘Go into the city and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. When he goes into a house, tell the owner of the house, “The Teacher says: ‘Where is my guest room in which I can eat the Passover meal with my followers?’”’” (Mark 14:13-14 NCV)
Things were getting difficult for Jesus. He knew the crucifixion was coming, but He wanted to eat the Passover meal with His disciples one last time. It came down to spy like activities: the disciples were supposed to look for a man carrying water. For many years I thought, “Big deal – a man carrying water.” Then, as I read the Bible and began to understand the culture I realized an important fact about that time: men don’t carry water. In those days, women carried water. They went to the wells to get the water for the family. When Jesus told His disciples to look for a man carrying water, He told them to look for a strange occurrence. While people in Jerusalem might stare, shake their heads, and wonder what this world is coming to when a man carries water, the disciples knew that this would begin their Passover journey.
I wonder about that guy. The owner of the house knew why he sent a man to get the water. I wonder if he understood why he had been sent. Imagine how mortified, how embarrassed he must have been knowing that his master had sent him to get water – but he did it. If he knew why, I wonder if he realized the enormity of the event he was helping to prepare. Whatever the situation may have been, the key idea here is that this person was obedient in his service no matter what people may have thought about him. It’s a reminder to us that our call to serve Jesus isn’t a call to personal convenience, nor a call to great honor. Our call is to serve, sometimes doing things that may lower our social status. For Christians it’s not so important what our call to service is, it’s important that we’re obedient to the call.
Lord, there are a lot of things I don’t want to do as I serve You. When You call me to them, remind me that most of all, I’m to be obedient.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.