The Anointing Oil

Anointing oil.pngRead Scripture from Mark 14:3-9

And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman (Mary) came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head. But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil waster? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply. But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish, you may do them good, but Me you do not have always. She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint my body for burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”

Spikenard, also called nard, nardin, and muskroot, is a class of aromatic, amber-colored essential oil derived from Nardostachys, jatamansi,  a flowering plant which grows in the Himalayas of Nepal, China, and India. The oil, since ancient times, has been used as a perfume, as a medicine, and in religious contexts, as an anointing oil. In the New Testament, two days before the Passover, Mary, sister of Lazarus, anoints Jesus head. The costly perfume she used came from an alabaster jar and contained nard. And it was Judas Iscariot, keeper of the moneybag, who asked why the ointment was not sold for three hundred denarii instead. Was Judas really interested in the poor at all, and more important he did not understand why Mary was doing this for Jesus, because Judas as well as the other disciples had no idea what was about to happen to Jesus soon, very soon, he was about to be crucified for all mankind. Jesus was about to take all of our places on the Cross, Jesus would talk up our pain, and bore our suffering. He would be pierced for our transgressions, and he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his stripes we are healed.                  (Isaiah 53:4-5 NIV Bible)


Grace and Peace to You my Friends



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