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#175 A Questionable Honor

Simon, a Pharisee, also lives in Bethany and learns that Jesus is coming to spend Sabbath with Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Jesus had healed him of the living death of leprosy, and he would like to show his gratitude.

His healing allowed him to support Jesus and keep his reputation; no doubt agreeing that his son, Judas Iscariot, should become a disciple making him look grateful. But while Simon hopes Jesus is the Messiah, he’s not convinced, and now physically well, Simon feels no need.

Nevertheless, he decides to honor Jesus with a dinner and asks Martha to cater it.

Curiosity brings many to see Lazarus, recently raised from the dead, but not all present want to honor Jesus.

However, Mary has often heard Jesus speak of his approaching death, and has saved to buy an alabaster jar of spikenard to anoint his body for burial. Lately she has heard talk that he will soon be crowned king.

Spirit uses her excitement to awaken a desire to be the first to honor him by pouring it on him now in gratitude. She thinks she can pull it off unnoticed. Forgetting that the fragrance will fill the room, she enters, puts some on his head and then kneels and pours it on his feet.

She forgets the others are there, her tears of gratitude falling on his feet, their bond secluding them. Not having a towel, she unfastens her long hair, another suggestive intimacy, and uses it to dry his feet.

(continued Monday)

Matthew 26:6-7,  Mark 14:3,  Luke 7:36-38,  John 12:1-3

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