A woman came to Jesus with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume which she poured over Jesus’ head. They moved to the cave where Lazarus had been buried. While Martha was concerned about Jesus’ physical comfort, Mary was intent on learning all she could from Him. Although the two anointings had the same outward form, they were not duplicates. Jesus told the men to take away the stone, then He called to Lazarus to come out. She fell at His feet and said, ’Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’  When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping. Probably this was Mary’s position as with all teachableness she hearkened unto the Lord. What are some of the lessons to be gleaned from the life and character of Mary of Bethany? Martha sat at His feet but “her love and piety alike found adequate and satisfying expression at all times in the ordinary kindly offices of hospitality and domestic… 15. Nard (spikenard) was a very expensive perfume from India. Mary of Bethany: The sister of Martha and of Lazarus. Whether or not she witnessed to these Jews of the glorious truths she had heard from the lips of Jesus we do not know. [2] “As Jesus and His disciples went on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. What impresses us about the record of that feast of gratitude is the absence of any conversation. 16. He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. Then Mary took a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet.”. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. While the odor of the spikenard was sweet to many, it smelled of waste to others. We have absolute confidence David sat before the Lord, and listened for His voice (1 Chronicles 17:16). Moses wrote of the fourfold privilege of all the saints—. She came to Him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself?
Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. What was the attitude of the disciples? Mary arose and went out with the same haste to meet Him, and when she saw Him she threw herself at His feet and wept, and repeated the complaint of Martha, “Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.” Jesus, deeply moved by the tears of Mary, mingled His warm tears with hers. The Matthew account says the perfume was poured on Jesus’ head. So “they believed on him.”, To honor Christ for the return of Lazarus from the grave a feast was prepared for the rejoicing friends in the house of Simon—a common name at that time. Mary said nothing! Mary gave to the limit of her love and ointment. This Mary sat at Jesus' feet, listening to his teaching, while her sister, Martha, was "distracted with much serving." After Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead, They were indignant, claiming the perfume could have been sold and the money given to the poor. What happened while Jesus was eating? The term “groaning in himself,” actually means, “He breathed indignation.” What was He indignant about? Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. 23. ( Log Out /  Raising Lazarus from the dead caused many Jews to believe in Jesus. The grateful Christ went further and said, “Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, then this also that she hath done shall be told for a memorial of her.” He erected a memorial to Mary who gave all she could, more enduring than many of the proud monuments that have perished with time. I am speaking of the anointing of Jesus by Mary in the house of Simon the leper. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Mary, more than any other individual in the New Testament, was associated with His feet, betokening her humility, reverence and hunger for spiritual knowledge. As to the nature of her offering—. No wonder the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. When word came that Jesus was on His way to their shadowed home, Martha arose and quickly ran to meet Him, but Mary sat at home nursing her sorrow. We likewise dissociate Mary of Bethany from Mary Magdalene. By the time He arrived, Lazarus was already dead. Lazarus came out still wrapped in the grave clothes and Jesus told the others to free him. Do we constantly anoint Him as the Chosen of our hearts? become a reality, in Your way. More than anything else she loved to sit quietly and peacefully at Christ’s sacred feet, and become lost in His unfolding of the truth. It was this glimpse of Mary that Charles Wesley had in mind when he wrote—. How privileged Mary was to witness His sense that death ought not to be (John 11:28-37), even though at the time she did not understand why Jesus had allowed her brother to die! She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. She has done a beautiful thing toMe. Yet when Martha had met Jesus, she came to Mary and told her of the desire of Jesus to see her.

Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Mary made that supper a sacrament as “she mingled divine poetry with the prose of the situation by anointing Jesus with a bottle of expensive spikenard.” When Mary sat at His feet and heard His word she recognized Him as the Prophet; when in her grief she fell at His feet she knew Him to be the sympathizing High Priest; now as she anoints His feet she knows Him to be the King at whose girdle could be found the keys of death and Hades. Scripture does not make clear just who Simon the Leper was. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have Me. This inner world charmed her more than it did her sister Martha, as the particulars we have of her testify. The world may count a life wholly consecrated to Him as a life wasted, but only the life abandoned to His sway is the one richly reproductive in the saint’s own life and also in the sinful world in which he lives.

He pointed out that while she was worried and upset, Mary had chosen what was better. 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.’”. Our study is based on the woman usually called Mary of Bethany. When does John describes this as happening? Previous scriptures reveal that this was during the Passover season. “She hath wrought a good work on me” (Mark 14:6).

Judas with his calculating mind quickly figured up the cost of it and called it wasted on Jesus. How did Jesus respond to Mary’s grief?

Why did Jesus groan in spirit at the weeping of Mary? She not only sat at the feet of Jesus, but also anointed them with the best she had and wiped them with her hair. Though two of the evangelists record her act, John alone gives her name. See on [1381]Mt 13:55,56. and the mother of Zebedee's children—that is, Salome: compare Mr 15:40. The family was good friends with the Lord and He usually stayed at their home when He was in Bethany, a village about a mile east of the summit of the Mount of Olives. ( Log Out /  She was practical as well as spiritual.

That wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what Mary did would be told. Remember these two accounts were written by two different men. What did He say she was doing when she poured the perfume over His body? The book of John gives a slightly different version of this same event. Jesus wept. Yet we cannot but believe that Martha’s grief was as deep and poignant as that of her sister. Several Marys are written about in the New Testament, which can be confusing.
It would have been a wonder that any should not have believed after such a display of miraculous power. She makes the case in her papers of 2012 and 2013 that when a Mary is referenced, and there is no specific indication that it is Mary Magdalene, or Mary of Nazareth, this could be Mary of Bethany. 20. Although Bethany was several days’ journey away, Jesus did not immediately go to His friend’s side. The following scripture is indicative of Mary’s love and attachment to the Lord. It was worth a year’s wages.’”. Mary Ann Beavis has proposed in two articles that many of the earliest references to a Mary in non-canonical texts could actually be Mary of Bethany. Silent love can be a mighty force. Had He not triumphed over death and raised her beloved brother?