Mark 14:3, “As He sat at the table, a woman came to him having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard.”
The four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John give as different accounts of events. Matthew and John were with Jesus as His disciples. Mark and Luke were not disciples however many scholars and theologians believe Mark’s account were provided to him by Apostle Peter. The four were impacted in different ways and you will see how they were each impacted by the account of their story. Though they all may have seen the same thing in reality or by narration, they did not report exactly the same way. Yes there are different accounts each of them give of certain incidents but there are some incidents that all of them did not report. Here is a classic case involving a woman who came to Jesus with an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard.
Matthew reports this incident in Matthew 26; Mark in Mark 14; Luke in Luke 7; John in John 12. Reading all the four accounts, the story is the same however each of them takes the time to address certain things that others did not report.
Why would each record the same differently with some leaving things out and add some stuff in? Here is my thinking, everyone was impacted and touched differently and that is what they reported. What captures your heart is what you are most likely to report. What you respond to the most is what you will work towards. How you are really impacted may not be the way I will be but we still report about the same story. I would like to address each of their accounts and we will arrive at the common denominator.
Matthew says, they were all in the Bethany in the house of Simon the leper. He first identified where they were and whose house they were in. He also tells us the condition of the owner. He doesn’t take time to tell us who Simon the leper’s background was, his tribe, the condition of his heart. Mark comes along and reports the same as Matthew reports in his first line. Luke comes along and does not give us the man’s name but tells us that he was a Pharisee. Matthew and Mark were touched by the fact that Jesus was hanging out with the sick. As for Luke, he was touched by the fact that Jesus was in the house of a Pharisee, the people who opposed Jesus. What does John have to say? John starts by talking about the presence of Lazarus who had died and had been raised from the dead by Jesus, he was impacted by the fact that a man who was once dead was alive seating with them at the table for Passover. Four same first accounts but different beginnings.
Their report is on a woman who came in with an alabaster flask of. Whether she was invited or not we are yet to find out. As she comes in, I don’t believe she is noticed until she does something that takes away everyone’s breathe. Matthew, Luke and Mark just refers to her as the woman, a sinful woman. John utilizes an interview approach in my judgment to find out who she is. I can imagine him asking “please give me her name, he discovers that the woman’s name was Mary. Different accounts and different stories and how they have been reported give us a better understanding of what really happened. Putting those pieces together gives us a full picture of where they were, whom they encountered with, their names, the incidents etc. Is it possible not to always rely on one side of the story? You figure it out.
My first point as I finish part one is, what you have seen and experienced and that has impacted your heart. We are not the same, God has given us individualities that each of us has a way to be impacted and impact others by our stories of life and how He has brought us this far. To be continued. Blessings Evans
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