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Summary: A study in the Gospel of Matthew 26: 17 – 19

Matthew 26: 17 – 19

What is the secret code?

17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

In looking over the other Gospels we find that Mark and Luke also recorded this same situation;

Mark 14, “Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they killed the Passover lamb, His disciples said to Him, “Where do You want us to go and prepare, that You may eat the Passover?” 13 And He sent out two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him. 14 Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’ 15 Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready for us.” 16 So His disciples went out, and came into the city, and found it just as He had said to them; and they prepared the Passover.

Luke 22: 7 – 13, “7 Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed. 8 And He sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.” 9 So they said to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare?” 10 And He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters. 11 Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’ 12 Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready.” 13 So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover.

Since 1980 there have more than 145 attacks on churches in the US, killing more than 200 people.

Since 1980 there have more than 145 attacks on churches in the US, according to a database by the Center for Homicide Research in Minneapolis which kept a record of church shootings from 1980-2005.

Averaging almost four every year, the list only records attacks directly on churches and said 185 people died, including 36 children, just up until 2005.

To deal with this increased evil, churches have taken steps to provide protection for those who attend their service. These safe guards range from the installation of new evacuation guidelines; undercover armed security forces, building, parking lot blockades; and lockdowns utilizing secret codes ranging from building locations, armed force deployment, and an ‘all safe’ code signifying the ending of an active shooter(s) or danger.

Our Great and Mighty king and God Jesus Christ knew what His traitorous follower Judas was planning so He proactively set in order a plan that Judas would not be able to report on to the religious leadership. We will see that part of His plan was the arrangement of a secret code or password be utilized.

It was now 14th of Nisan, the day of the sacrifice of the Passover lamb, and Peter and John as Luke points out to us were to prepare for the Passover, which would require the provision of bread and bitter herbs, of suitable wine and the necessary slaughter of the lamb in the Temple, which would then be brought to the reserved place to be roasted and eaten.

17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”

While initially the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread had been two separate feasts combined, they had gradually come to be one and the whole could therefore be described as ‘the Passover’ or as ‘the Feast of Unleavened Bread’. This is witnessed to both in the Old Testament (2 Chronicles 30.13 -15) and in Josephus.

Please take note here how Passover can be called ‘the day of unleavened bread’ even though it is the day before ‘the Feast of Unleavened Bread’ began. This was because it was the day for removing unleavened bread from their houses. On this day they would ensure that any remaining leavened bread had been removed, so that the period of being free from leaven could begin. Luke is thus stressing the connection of the Feast with what is about to happen. The sinless Lamb of God Who had come to take away the sins of the world had come to be offered up. His hour had come.

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