Wow, we had a great discussion going last week! Thank you to all who participated. I might need to mention that I may be lifting some of this conversation and using it in our teaching time, I hope that’s OK. I think this is a great way to expand the exploration and make it interactive to some degree. This is putting the technology we have to good use, IMO.
OK…so our passage this week will be Mark 14:12-26.
As we read this passage, we can see the unifying theme to these verses. What is it? What is happening all through this section?
If you were to take this section, and break it into chunks, you would have v12-16, v17-21 and v 22-26. It’s interesting that each of these vignettes tell a different sub-story, yet all together, they describe the whole event.
In v12-16, Jesus sends His disciples to get a room prepared for them all to celebrate the Passover. Mark spends a lot of time on this detail. One thing that interests me is that they waited so long to get this room. Jerusalem is swollen with pilgrims from all over the country…it’s like spring break on the beach. I wonder how easy it is to come down to the beach the night before spring break starts and just get a room? As we read this…what is this sub-story telling us? How do we apply what we learn from this story to our own lives?
In v17-21 Jesus breaks the news that not all of the disciples are who they seem to be. There is a traitor in their midst. It’s a dire warning, and certainly not what the disciples were expecting for diner conversation. What is their reaction to this news? How do they feel, what do they say? How do we apply this to our own lives?
Finally, in v 22-26 Jesus takes the Passover meal in a whole new direction. Jesus took portions of the meal and applied them symbolically to Himself, and the events that were about to unfold. In v24-25, there is a word that gets repeated. What word is it? What does it tell us about the effect of Jesus’ death on us? What is the lesson we learn from the Lord’s Table?
Stuff to think about. Have a great week, see yer’ Sundee!