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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For Febuary 14, 2020
Act Of Love In The Middle Of Betrayal

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Mark 14:1-11 KJV
1 After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.
2 But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.
3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.
4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?
5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.
6 And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me.
7 For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.
8 She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.
9 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.
10 And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them.
11 And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.

The religious leaders look for a way to take Jesus by craft/ability and put him to death. Two more days and it was the feast of passover, and the religious leaders wanted him killed. Can we get a clear picture of what going on in Jerusalem. Jesus turned over the money tables during a time when there was much buying and selling on the porch of the temple. It was a time of festivities and preparation for different feast when this occurence of the money tables flip over. The income taken from their temple, yet the religious leaders did not want to just arrest him, they wanted to find more then just the flipping of a table to be a reason for betral. Judas Iscariot went to chief priest to betray Jesus in the last two verses, when they heard the betrayl they were glad and promised to give him money and sought how he might conveintly betray him. The betrayal did not happen in broad daylight the arrest would take place in the evening when most were preparing for bed, not at a time when a huge crowd would gather to prevent the event of putting Jesus in chains.

Right between the first verse and the last two verses is a beautiful story of love. A woman coming and anointing Jesus head and body for burial. The known fact Jesus was going to be betrayed must have occured to this woman, or talk of his actions talked about in the group, to the point they knew there was no rescue for Jesus. That is human side of the story. God side of story, he would allow Christ to be betrayed and punished by man, though Jesus had obey God in God's House. God's house of worship. He would have a woman prepare his body for the burial through the anointing of his head demonstrating the purity of his Son and him being chosen by God for this purpose. How else this one act would effect his life. God was not removing the cup of this shame of man from him. Why because it was for our benefit that he die for our sins. The anointing only symbolizing the preparation for burial that would never come, because woman would later travel to the tomb of Christ and their be no body which to wash, and put spice upon, for he had risen from the grave. God given man his custom of preparation of burial before the arrest and yet it was anointing for service of God has well. Yet no one understood what this one woman had done for him, but Jesus said this she had done a good work, she anointed his body for burial and this story would be told in memory of her.

This perfume/oil was called Alabaster it was expensive perfume. If it been sold it would bring quite a bit of money to be given to the poor, but this woman had poured it on his head. This anointing symbolizing his worthiness to bear the sin of the world as being chosen to do so. Then Judas goes and betrays him to the Priest and the Priest promises Judas Iscariot money for his betrayal. The alabaster act to Judas maybe a final straw with Jesus after him turning over the tables. Had Judas forgotten Jesus feed the five thousand and four thousand. Several other thoughts come running through my head, how quick we forget good deads of Jesus, when looking at the things done for Jesus on the way to his betrayal.

The point being often we only see what we wish to see in a situation and not the full picture. Judas had no trust in Jesus to the impossible, or would want him honor in the way in which this woman honored him by this anointing. Moses hit the rock twice and it was sin, because he disobeyed God, but when Moses came off the mountain and killed a bunch of people, God did not destroy Moses for this act, even the act of breaking the stone tablets he was carrying to give to the people the laws of God. The sin of bowing to another and not the one that could give life eternal. Same issue of Judas, he respect the priesthood to the point that he could and would betray Jesus, looking only at the humanity of Jesus and not the miracles of Jesus or the demonstration of power that Jesus had performed with feeding the people. He only seen money that he could put his fingers on, and not the money bags purpose to help the poor. Only do we know the disagreement started with Judas from other accounts, but it Mark does not say or speculate beyond the fact it caused people to question why it was not given to the poor.

The love right in the middle of the desire for one to betray. Right in the middle of a passage about Jesus talking of his impeding death to come, with an anointing for this purpose, no mention of his resurrection to come. How much did the disciples know about what was fixing to happen, perhaps some things written as looking back and not looking forward. Something preparing the reader for act of horror to come. Love not demonstrated for Jesus before the betrayal by his followers. It almost like your dying, and she wasting money on you that could be used in some better way. Yet what the woman did would be a memorial to her. A purpose design by God to anoint and prepare for what was to come. Nothing not to good for her Lord, and yet others seen it not that way. Yet the act love when all his followers seem angry. Her honoring her Savior with little time they had left to be with him, and yet did she understand this. Prompted no doubt by the Spirit of God, and yet looking back,they could see clearly this act of love.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the symbol of love in the middle of betrayal, and anger. Let us not forget that you anointed Jesus for this purpose and allowed a woman to demonstrate love, that his disciple of men could not at this moment. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: John 12:1-8 KJV
1 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.
3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,
5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.
8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.


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