A precious sister-friend in blog land, Elaine Olsen @ Peace for the Journey. This is a Word for someone!
For my posts this week I am following a chart provided to me by a dear Sister who received it from a local theologian (Dr. Dale Younce), as well as my copy of The Reese Chronological Bible. And these sources indicate that Day 4, Wednesday, compared to previous days was relatively quiet in the early hours of the day. However, in the PM Religious Leaders got down to some real plotting to kill JESUS.
Mark 14:1-2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
1 Now the Passover and Unleavened Bread were two days away; and the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to seize Him by stealth and kill Him;
2 for they were saying, “Not during the festival, otherwise there might be a riot of the people.”
via Matthew 26:1-5; Mark 14:1-2; Luke 22:1-2 NASB – The Plot to Kill Jesus – When Jesus had – Bible Gateway.
And then came the scandalous anointing.
Mark 14:3-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
3 While He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head.
4 But some were indignantly remarking to one another, “Why has this perfume been wasted?
5 For this perfume might have been sold for over three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.” And they were scolding her.
6 But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you bother her? She has done a good deed to Me.
7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me.
8 She has done what she could; she has anointed My body beforehand for the burial.
9 Truly I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.”
via Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9 NASB – The Precious Ointment – Now when Jesus – Bible Gateway.
Research provided the value of ONE denarii at the time: a day’s wage for workers and Roman Troops. Yet this bottle of perfume was not a day’s pay it was 300 days’ pay! And she did not withhold a drop of it! She broke the vial and gave it all! Can you imagine the holiness that would permeate this land if all who name the Name of CHRIST as their Savior were as generous as this Woman? Can we even fathom how much she loved Him? Can we even get a glimpse of what this meant to JESUS in His sinless humanity? He knew her heart; He knew her motives; He knew the love she was demonstrating. In my sanctified imagination, I think the aroma of this costly oil remained in His hair, in His beard (what they left of it), and as He was beaten and mocked and as He walked to Calvary and as He bore my sin and your sin and her sin, He remembered her love for Him. It was a solace to Him.
YES! She did a very good deed indeed! I want to talk with her and thank her one day, don’t you?
ABBA, I am so grateful to have this account of this Woman who loved JESUS so much; grateful for the account to read and more grateful that she actually did it. I am looking forward to talking with her and thanking her someday. Thank You, HOLY SPIRIT, for recording this for us. And today, HOLY SPIRIT, reveal to us more and more this Sacrifice that You made for us, JESUS. Help us give ourselves more and more in love with You, JESUS. Thank You, for every step You took, LORD, for every Word You spoke, for every deed You did not just in this Passion Week but for all eternity. Thank You, LORD, thank You. Amen and . . . .
We have the God-given Right to do right in this wrong World,