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She did what she could!

Scripture reading for February 29th:  Mark 14

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Mark 14:6-9  “Leave her alone,”  said Jesus.  “Why are you bothering her:  She has done a beautiful thing to Me.  The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want.  But you will not always have Me.  She did what she could.  She poured perfume on My body beforehand to prepare for My burial.  I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

Jesus was anointed with costly perfume by one of the women that followed Him.  Some of the disciples, and particularly Judas,  were upset over the apparent waste of a valuable and rare commodity.  Their feelings concerned the poor and what the money could have done for them.  Judas had other more selfish concerns.  Jesus mildly rebuked them and reminded them of what would very soon happen to him.

As for this woman, Jesus commended her for doing a ‘beautiful thing to Me’!  He was honored and knew that what she did came from her heart of love for Him.  She ‘did what she could’ simply and willingly and is even today being rewarded as Jesus promised!

Observations for over-comers:  Love for Jesus, extravagant giving and worship mark the lives of over-comers!  They will enjoy eternal rewards!  “Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth–for your love is more delightful than wine.  Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out.”   (Song of Songs 1:2-3)

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A beautiful thing!

Scripture reading for February 8th: Matthew 25:31-26:13, Psalm 28, Proverbs 8:11-13

Jesus finished His teaching on the signs of the end of the age and again reminded the disciples of the coming Passover and His pending crucifixion.  There should have been no doubt as to what He meant as He again emphasized the fact that He would be handed over to those who were plotting to kill Him.  (Matthew 26:1-4)  The high priest, Caiaphas, assembled the chief priests and elders in his home to find a way to arrest Jesus and kill Him.  It is amazing that those who taught the Law of God could so violate the commandments in order to crucify the Son of God.

Jesus was visiting the home of Simon the Leper in Bethany when a woman came and paid Him a visit.  This woman had a jar of expensive perfume and poured it on His head.  “When the disciples saw this, they were indignant.  ‘Why the waste?’ they asked.  “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”  Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman?  She has done a beautiful thing to me.  The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.  When she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare me for burial.  I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”(Matthew 26:8-13)

Even though Jesus had again reminded these disciples that He would soon die, their thoughts were on the money that the perfume would buy.  They had a good motive: giving to the poor!  Jesus rebuked them and stuck up for the unnamed woman.  He said she had done a beautiful thing to Him.  She was evidently more sensitive to the coming events than those who walked with Him every day.

Worship and honoring Jesus should always take priority in our daily lives.  Good works at the neglect of giving the Lord the honor He deserved was a poor choice then and is now.  What the woman did is now mentioned around the world as Jesus promised her.  This is another example of His total understanding of future events.   Let’s seek to do that which has eternal value!

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Broken and poured out!

Scripture reading for March 8th: Mark 14:1-21, Psalm 51:1-19, Proverbs 10:31-32

While He (Jesus) was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard.  She broke the jar and poured the perfume on His head.” (Mark 14:3)

This very unusual incident was recorded by Mark and marked another emphasis on women who served Jesus and were especially noted by Him.  This woman’s name was Mary, and she was probably the sister of Martha. (John 12:1-3)  She was known to have taken time to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to Him while her sister Martha served Jesus.  Martha was rather upset with her for this, but Jesus noted that she had chosen what was better!  (Luke 10:38-42)

Mary came to the dinner where Jesus was the guest of honor and reclining at table.  He was the guest of Simon the Leper.  We are not sure if Jesus had healed this man earlier, but he must have been clean for them to be with him for a meal.  Jesus loved to be around sinners and those who were considered outcasts by the religious people.  Mary came with a box or jar of expensive perfume, worth about a year’s wages.  She broke the container and poured it’s expensive contents on Jesus’ head and even His feet.  This was an act of extravagant love and prophetic worship.

Jesus, Himself, was preparing to be broken and poured out for the sins of the world.  He was in Jerusalem for Passover week as the final sacrifice.  He was being examined in the temple every day by the Pharisees and teachers of the law.  They were plotting to have Him killed.  Jesus said that this costly anointing was to prepare Him for His burial. (Mark 14:6-9)  His blood would be a costly sacrifice that would atone for sin.  His prayer for our forgiveness from the cross would be a fragrant incense to the Father of His complete obedience.  His act of giving Himself would be an act of extravagant love for us and prophetic worship, enabling all to enjoy forgiveness of sins.  As he was anointed in the home of Simon the leper, His sacrifice took place in this world to deliver us from the leprosy of sin!  Take time and worship Him today with a thankful heart!

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A beautiful thing!

Scripture reading for February 8th: Matthew 25:31-26:13, Psalm 28, Proverbs 8:11-13

Jesus finished His teaching on the signs of the end of the age and again reminded the disciples of the coming Passover and His pending crucifixion.  There should have been no doubt as to what He meant as He again emphasized the fact that He would be handed over to those who were plotting to kill Him.  (Matthew 26:1-4)  The high priest, Caiaphas, assembled the chief priests and elders in his home to find a way to arrest Jesus and kill Him.  It is amazing that those who taught the Law of God could so violate the commandments in order to crucify the Son of God.

Jesus was visiting the home of Simon the Leper in Bethany when a woman came and paid Him a visit.  This woman had a jar of expensive perfume and poured it on His head.  “When the disciples saw this, they were indignant.  ‘Why the waste?’ they asked.  “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”  Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman?  She has done a beautiful thing to me.  The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.  When she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare me for burial.  I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” (Matthew 26:8-13)

Even though Jesus had again reminded these disciples that He would soon die, there thoughts were on the money that the perfume would buy.  They had a good motive, giving to the poor!  Jesus rebuked them and stuck up for the unnamed woman.  He felt that she had done a beautiful thing to Him.  She was evidently more sensitive to the coming events than those who walked with Him every day.

Worship and honoring Jesus should always take priority when He is in our midst.  Good works at the neglect of giving the Lord the honor He deserved was a poor choice.  What the woman did is now mentioned around the world as Jesus promised her.  Another example of His total understanding of future events.

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