Matthew 26:6-13 “Now when Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, 7 a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it upon His head as He reclined at the table. 8 But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, “Why this waste? 9 “For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.””
Here is how Mark and John described the scene of Jesus’s anointing.
Mark 14:3-9 “And 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.”
John 12:2-9 “So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. 3 Mary therefore took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, said, 5 “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii, and given to poor people?”6 Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it.”
One of the things that stood out to me in these verses is how indignant the disciples seemed to be over Mary pouring the perfume on the head of Jesus. Don’t get me wrong I don’t like wasting my expensive perfume either, but these were the Lord’s chosen 12. They knew who He was and understood that an anointing was used to honor someone. Why did Mary understand this better than them?
Something I learned today was that the perfume or “nard” was used in several ways, one was for use in burials and another was to honor a king. Mary was preparing Jesus for burial and she was honoring who He was, the King of kings!
Oh, that I may follow Mary’s example and not the example of the apostles. I pray that I will do all that I can to point others Jesus and that they are attracted by His fragrance through my words and actions and want to know Him better.
I wanted to add a side note to this post, just so you can see how much God wants to help us with our goals. I received a 30 day free membership to Curves in my mail today and I am so excited to begin using it. It had to be God, because I have not seen one of these offers, in my mail, for years. Thank you, Lord for the extra help and incentive! I am so grateful that you will make away and open doors to help me.