The Disciples Did What He Said

Matthew 26:19. “And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.”

I love the simplicity of these verses.  Yesterday, in verse 18, we read that  the disciples followed Jesus’ instructions to approach a certain man.  How did they know which man it was?  In Luke 22:10, Jesus gave specific instructions. “And He said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house were he entereth in.”

And how did the man with the pitcher know John and Peter would be looking for him?  I don’t know.  Maybe it was a prompting in his heart from God.  Maybe he recognized them from some other place where he had seen them with Jesus.  Whatever the case was, this man was willingly used of God to offer an upper chamber to the disciples, where they then set about preparing for the passover feast. 

What strikes me about this whole passage is that no one questioned Jesus, or, as far as we know, tried to stop Him once again from entering Jerusalem.  They simply obeyed His orders, without any hesitation. He spoke, they listened and acted.

Why do we make things so hard?  When God speaks to us through His Word, through a sermon or a devotional, or through a friend or a spouse, why do we question every little part of what is said?  Why do we try to impose our own ideas on something that is clearly from the Lord?  Doubting Thomas was not the first to question, and he certainly wasn’t the last.

God is so very patient with us. He allows us to ask for signs, and He often chooses to grant those signs.

Wouldn’t it be a fine thing if we simply heard and obeyed?

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