Everything has a time and place for the obedient child of God. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way” (Psalm 37:23 NKJV). The Lord always knows best.
Problems arise when God’s people are not in tune with God. Usually, there are potholes in the road of life when we are not in sync with God.
The disciples were about to experience several firsts as New Testament believers. Peter and John were sent into a city to prepare for the Passover supper. Today, this is called The Last Supper. The directions were strange. When you see a man carrying a water pitcher, follow him (only women fetched water in the Jewish society). Whichever house he enters, ask the master where is the room for Jesus to observe the Passover.
I’ve always wondered how this master knew to have a room ready for Jesus; that’s one of heaven’s little reveals.
One of the things Peter and John realized on this Passover day, Jesus never asked them to do something he hadn’t already provided for. No. Never. That is easy to say in hindsight. However, to step forward when we don’t see the result is our step of faith. The two disciples found the room furnished (Luke 22:13). Scripture does not reveal how or who prepared the room. Everything was ready, another unexplained event. Nor does the Scripture tell how the water for washing was there.
Even in this divine observance, Satan was looming in the shadows for his evil deed. So, Judas, after receiving the bread, left to betray the Lord.
The Lord was protecting Simon from Satan’s future attack on him (Luke 22:31,32). Jesus’ prayer for him prevailed. Strangely, our Lord knew in advance Peter’s words of denial. Jesus took the time to warn Peter. This disciple dismissed the Lord’s words, and he said, “I will never do that.” How many times have we said never, but we did it anyway to our embarrassment?