At the end of the day of touring, we were treated to a lavish buffet. On each table were a couple of carafes of water. The waiters kept bringing more during the meal. After hiking a couple of miles, we emptied those carafes pretty quickly!
Luke 22:10, “And He said to them, ‘When you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house that he enters.'”New American Standard Bible
Why was a man carrying water? Who was that man? I was curious and checked my NIV Study Bible.
“It would have been unusual to see a man carrying a jar of water since this was normally women’s work.”New International Version Study Bible, Note on Luke 22:10, Zondervan, 2011
Acts 12:12, “…he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.”New International Version Study Bible
“…Apparently her home was a gathering place for Christians. It may have been the location of the upper room where the Last Supper was held. …”NIV Study Bible Notes on Acts 12:12
“John…Mark…He was perhaps the young man who fled on the night of Jesus’ arrest (Mk 14:51-52). He wrote the second Gospel. …and accompanied Barnabas and Paul on the first part of their first missionary journey.”NIV Study Bible Notes on Acts 12:25
Based on those verses, this man may have been Mark. Why was Mark carrying water? (Women and slaves got up early to draw water from the well.)
Mary, his mother, may have asked him to get fresh water. Why? The room was furnished and prepared for the Passover meal. This water would have been served at the Passover.
Mark had already learned the lesson Jesus spoke of in verses 24-27 and John 13:5-20.
Luke 22:26, “But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.”New American Standard Bible
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