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The House of the Passover: To Supply a Sequel (24 of 34)
Series: Bible Oases: Spiritual Refreshment From Unlikely Places
This has always been one of the most intriguing stories of the New Testament. Throughout the history of the church scholars have debated concerning the identity of the man who owned the room in which Jesus and His followers celebrated the feast of Passover. Theologians believe he might have been the husband of Mary and the father of John Mark. Luke, who wrote the Acts of the Apostles, said that when Peter was miraculously released from prison, he eventually came to the house where many were gathered together praying (see Acts 12:12). Historians claim that three million people attended the feast, and accommodation for such a large number of pilgrims was difficult to find. That a large room was still available in Jerusalem supports the idea the Savior had already arranged with the owner for the special room to be reserved for His use. It was furnished and could easily have been rented. Evidently the disciples were unaware of any previous arrangements, for Peter and John were given specific instructions how to contact their guide. If the man were the father of John Mark, he could have been a committed believer. That he willingly cooperated with strangers suggests this was not his first contact with the Savior. Details of which nothing is known might have been previously planned.
Even if the man were the husband of Mary, he was not included among the apostles who sat at the table with the Lord. Probably the owner, whoever he might have been, celebrated the feast with his family in another part of the home. This story is one of the most fascinating accounts in the New Testament.
The Unusual Man... Carrying Water
Water carriers in the Middle East are always women. During visits to Jordan, Egypt, and Israel, I have never seen a man performing that task, but it is a common sight to see a woman balancing a waterpot ...
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