From Pastor Perry

05/02/2014 John 12:1-8

John 12:1–8 (ESV)
Mary Anoints Jesus at Bethany
12 Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. 3 Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, 5 “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” 6 He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7 Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. 8 For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”

Jesus attends a dinner party at over at Mary and Martha’s house, along with Lazarus.  Mary breaks open a pound of expensive fragrance (Nard).  The Lutheran Study Bible describes it as an
aromatic oil made from the crushed rhizomes of the spikenard plant, native to northern India; used as an herbal medicine. Called “pure” presumably because of its exceptional quality.   We see in today’s reading that it could be sold for three hundred denarii.  A denarii is equal to one day’s pay.  Three hundred denarii is a year’s wages.  In today’s economy... three hundred denarii would probably be about $50,000.  She breaks the bottle open and anoints Jesus’ feet and her hair.  The apostles think this is a big waste of money and resources.  Judas says “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”  Now John gives some interesting insight when he writes “He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it.”  This is the one passage that hints that Judas is dishonest and was stealing from the money bag.  They all want to stop her, but Jesus says  “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. 8 For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”  Jesus is making reference to impeding death on the cross, but the don’t understand this yet.  

I pray: O Lord, Mary willingly pours a year’s salary on your feet, yet most of us fall short in meeting a ten percent tithe.  Help us to be cheerful givers, to give without restraint and to give out of love, not out of law.  Amen.

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