03/19/21 THE WORD
Scripture: Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-11
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READ and STUDY the WORD
A Woman Anoints Jesus With Perfume
Matthew 26:6-13 (KJV) 6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 7 There came unto Him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on His head, as He sat at meat. 8 But when His disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? 9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. 10 When Jesus understood it, He said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon Me. 11 For ye have the poor always with you; but Me ye have not always. 12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for My burial. 13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.
Mark 14:3-9 (KJV) 3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as Jesus sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on His head. 4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? 5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her. 6 And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on Me. 7 For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but Me ye have not always. 8 She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint My body to the burying. 9 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.
John 12:1-11 (KJV) Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom He raised from the dead. 2 There they made Him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with Him. 3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. 4 Then saith one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray Him, 5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? 6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. 7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of My burying hath she kept this. 8 For the poor always ye have with you; but Me ye have not always. 9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that He was there: and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom He had raised from the dead. 10 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; 11 Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.
1. What happened while Jesus was in someone’s home (Matthew 26:7; Mark 14:3 John 12:3)?
2. What did Jesus say about the woman (Matthew 26:10; Mark 14:6; John 12:7a)?
3. What did Jesus say about the poor (Matthew 26:11; Mark 14:7; John 12:8)?
4. For what reason did Jesus say the woman had done this (Matthew 26:12; Mark 14:8: John 12:7b)?
5. How would this woman’s actions be remembered (Matthew 26:13; Mark 14:9)?
1. A woman came with an alabaster box of precious ointment and poured the content on Jesus’ head.
2. Jesus said the woman had done a good work upon Him.
3. Jesus said they would always have the poor with them.
4. Jesus said the woman had anointing Him for His burial.
5. Jesus said where the gospel was preached, what the woman had done would be spoken of for a memorial to her.
HEAR the WORD
John 12:9-11 9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that Jesus was there: and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom He had raised from the dead. 10 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; 11 Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.
MEDITATE on the WORD
Ponder the verses above. How would you have responded if you heard Jesus was at the house of someone in your neighborhood who had been raised from death by Jesus?
MEMORIZE the WORD
Matthew 26:10 Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to Me.”
Mark 14:6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to Me.”
LOVE and LIVE the WORD
In Matthew 26:11; Mark 14:7 and John 12:8 Jesus wasn’t saying that we should neglect the poor nor show indifference to them. Jesus was praising the woman (Mary) for her unselfish act of worship. We need to love both Jesus and mankind.
TEACH and SHARE the WORD
And we always need to be ready to sacrifice our best first to Jesus and then to others.
PRAY the WORD
Lord, I pray we will indeed be ready to give our best first to You and then to others (Matthew 26:10-11). Lord, I pray we will pour our love and praise upon You who sacrificed Your life for us (Matthew 26:12). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.
“May you and I show our love and devotion to Jesus by our words and our actions.” <>< Dona