Matthew 26:7, “A woman came to Him having a lambasted flask of very costly fragrant oil…”
The act of this woman was not rehearsed, practiced, or scripted worship, this was a decision made, action taken to worship Him holding nothing back.
Let us address a problem that arose while she worshiped. Matthew is very lenient, he brings all the disciples to the same level without pin pointing one person. Read what he says, “8 But His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why waste? 9, “For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor”, Matthew 26:8-9. People’s reaction indicated Jesus was not worthy of this kind of worship. He did not deserve an expensive worship. The truth of the matter is, worshipping Christ will cost you something. That is why we sing, “We bring the sacrifice of praise”. Sacrifice goes with surrender. David was given a piece of land to offer sacrifice to the Lord, he refused to take it for free and offered money to buy it. Listen to what he said when offered a land for free, “Then the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God with that which costs me nothing”, 2Samuel 24:24. Worshipping the Lord is costly.
Luke is different, he gets into more details, “Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner”, Luke 7:39. The moment she walked in, she had already been labeled and despised therefore anything good that she was going to do from then forward was not going to be considered at all. By listening to the Pharisee speak, to him Jesus being in his house gave him an idea that he was a good righteous man. Paul tells us in Romans 7:18, “For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh…” This sums up the life of human beings that nothing good dwells in the life of man except Christ. To say more, the Pharisee changed his mind about Christ when he said “This Man, if He were a prophet…” To him being a prophet suggested handling only a certain class of people. He also had a wrong perception of Jesus, Jesus was more than a prophet.
To talk more about the Pharisee, he no longer referred to him as Jesus but this Man. It was no longer Christ but some questioned prophet who could not discern or create boundaries as to who He should be in contact with. Mark responds to people’s action differently, he does not mention the Pharisee neither does he mention the disciples, all he says is that some people questioned it. He goes ahead and even talks about the price of the oil to show how expensive it was. He continues to say that they criticized her sharply.
John on the other hand says something about people’s reaction; remember John is specific. At first, he identified the woman, and then identifies someone else who questioned the act of this woman. John 12:4-5, “4 But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot….said, 5, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This is having people tell you what you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to worshipping the Lord. Judas did not consider Jesus worthy of this worship.
This woman Mary had counted the cost of worshipping, she knew it was an expensive worship. She was sacrificing something precious to her, having learnt like David that she will not offer to the Lord what costs her nothing. No one could define how she needed to worship, it was not about the people but Jesus. With that said, who defines how you worship Him? When you worship, is it costing you? Are you giving the Lord what is LEFT (remaining) or what is RIGHT (just)? To finish Be blessed Evans
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