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Bible Study - Mark 14:3-9 The Anointing at Bethany
 

Bible Study - Mark 14:3-9 The Anointing at Bethany

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Matthew and Mark put this anointing before the Last Supper, while John placed it just before the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. This is an act of devotion by Mary to Jesus.

Matthew and Mark put this anointing before the Last Supper, while John placed it just before the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. This is an act of devotion by Mary to Jesus.

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    Bible Study - Mark 14:3-9 The Anointing at Bethany Bible Study - Mark 14:3-9 The Anointing at Bethany Presentation Transcript

    • Mark 14:3-9
      The Anointing at Bethany
    • 3 And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head.
      4 But there were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment thus wasted?
      5 For this ointment might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and given to the poor.” And they reproached her.
      6 But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.
      7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you will, you can do good to them; but you will not always have me.
      8 She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burying.
      9 And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”
    • Bethany is a village on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives.
      It was the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus (Luke 10:38–42; John 11:1–44; 12:1–3).
      The ointment was nard which was very expensive and to put it in perspective you would have to work 300 days, about 10 months, and take every penny of your wages to pay for what was poured on Jesus.
      “she broke the flask and poured it over his head.
      Why break an expensive alabaster flask instead of pouring the ointment from it?
      She loved Jesus so much that she gave everything to him freely with no possibility of regaining any nard or even reselling the empty flask.
      The “some of the disciples,” Mark is speaking about is Judas (Jn. 12:4-6) who was indignant, and annoyed, over what he considered to be a waste.
    • This story is also reported in Mt. 26:6–13 and in John 12:1–8, where the woman is identified as Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus.
      Jesus says that she has done a beautiful thing because “she has anointed my body beforehand for burying.”
      Wow, Mary a woman, had already figured out that Jesus was about to die but his disciples, even the inner group, Peter, James and John hadn’t come to terms with his predictions.
    • Verse 7 “For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you will, you can do good to them; but you will not always have me.”
      Sounds like Jesus didn’t care about the poor, far from it, he spent the majority of his ministry helping the poor and marginalized.
      What he was saying is merely stating facts, I will die shortly, I will not always be with you, but the poor will, this woman already knows that and thus she anoints me.
      Jesus is encouraging them to do good for the poor but not to live in the utopian dream of eradiating, completely eliminating poverty (Dt. 15:11).
      “She has done what she could,” the next few day will be guided by the Father, neither she nor yourselves can change that.