12 ¶ And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover? 13 And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him. 14 And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?
Luke 22:1 Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover….
7 Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed.
Here is a situation that we often don’t think about. God has prepared places and people to assist those who are doing His will that the latter know nothing about. Don’t count it strange or odd when you attempt to do something for Christ and find a stranger who makes your way easier or provides something you need as if he were a part of your plan. He may have been.
As has happened to me, I was delayed at the YMCA front desk once and didn’t get to leave when I wanted to but as I pulled out of the parking lot someone pulled in. His name was Dave and he was going through a rough time. He said he was “lucky” he ran into me. He needed to talk. That morning, Dave received Jesus Christ as his Saviour. The counter person that delayed me may not have known he was part of God’s plan but he was.
Another way of looking at this is that the “goodman of the house” may have also been a follower of Jesus that His disciples knew nothing about. The Bible focuses often narrowly on scenes and people. Unless told so there is no reason to believe that the twelve were the only ones to receive instruction from Jesus. Many followed Jesus.
The final way to look at this is that this person was supernaturally prepared and was expecting the disciples.