Today’s Bible Reading:
1Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. 2A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. 3Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.
4But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, 5“That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” 6Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.
7Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. 8You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
9When all the people heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus had raised from the dead. 10Then the leading priests decided to kill Lazarus, too, 11for it was because of him that many of the people had deserted them and believed in Jesus.
Verse of the Day:
If you ever want to learn more about the Bible, just volunteer to lead a Bible study based solely on text from the Bible! Y’all. I’m questioning everything I THOUGHT I knew about theses stories. I’m finding that I don’t really know much at all and I’m honestly intrigued. I pray that you too learn from our readings and never look at the Passion Week of Jesus Christ the same again!
Meanwhile, pray for Brian – ’cause He gets asked a whole bunch of questions while I’m writing these devotions 🙂
Things I thought I knew from today’s reading, but I didn’t:
- Jesus is visiting Lazarus, Mary & Martha. They are all brothers and sisters that live in a town called Bethany.
- This is one of several visits that Jesus makes to see them. 1) A visit where Jesus is their guest and Martha is busy preparing dinner while Mary sits at His feet. Jesus tells them that Mary has been the one that has chosen the better option. 2) Jesus came after Lazarus died. Martha tells Him that He is too late. He raises Lazarus from the dead. 3) The visit from our reading today where Jesus comes right before His burial and Mary anoints Him with oil from an alabaster box.
- Nard = Spikenard; also called nard, nardin, and muskroot, is a class of aromatic amber-colored essential oil derived from flowering plants, the identification of which is variable.* Definition from wikipedia
- The leading priests killed Lazarus – WHAAAT?? Yep. Jesus raised him from the dead and then they killed him.
Do you remember the song, “Alabaster Box” by Cece Winans?
No, you don’t know the cost of the oil. Mary though, she knew EXACTLY what she was doing. Those around them questioned her actions (can you imagine for just a moment how humiliating that must have been??). But, Jesus – He defended her in every way. He put them in their place and told them to leave her alone. Awkward.
And then there’s Martha again – serving. Did she not learn her lesson the first time that Jesus came to visit?? She must have that same syndrome I suffer from. The one where you are a control freak and you don’t want anyone touching anything in your kitchen and you’d just rather do it yourself. Guilty.
I want to be more like Mary. I want to embrace each moment so fully that I am able to discern exactly what matters most. I want to be so connected to Jesus that He is able to lead me and I actually follow without abandon.
Things won’t always add up – the math won’t always make sense.
“Your job is not to crunch numbers and make sure the will of God adds up. After all, the will of God is not a zero-sum game. When God enters the equation, His output always exceeds your input.” – Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker
I do know this: He will be behind us every step of the way – calling out the naysayers and clearing the way for His divine will in our lives. We just have to make ourselves available.
In case you missed it at the bottom of yesterday’s post, our day of rest has been moved to Wednesdays (because the Bible App plan did that since we started a little bit earlier than Lent). So, don’t rest on your Bible reading today, y’all 🙂