“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/Jesus Anointed At Bethany

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus 

“Jesus Anointed At Bethany”, John 12:1) Then Jesus six days before the Passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom He raised from the dead.  Act 3:15; Romans 4:17.  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 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.  Deuteronomy 15:11; Mark 14:7.  9) Much people of the Jews therefore knew that He was there:  and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom He had raised from the dead.  10) But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; Luke 16:31.  11) Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1 six days before the Passover: The Crucifixion took place on a Friday, this dinner occurred during the evening of the previous Saturday.  v2 They probably refers to the inhabitants of Bethany who wished to express their thanks to Jesus.  By a glorious miracle He had honored their obscure village.  Lazarus was the guest of honor.  v3-6 very costly oil: Judas Iscariot said that this oil cost three hundred denarii or pence.  One denarius, or pence was a laborer’s wage for one day (Matthew 20;2).   anointed the feet:  Anointing Jesus’ Head was an act of honor; anointing His Feet was a display of devotion.  v7 My burial:  Anointing was the first stage of embalming (19:39).  Whether Mary knew it or not, she was anticipating Jesus’ death, which would happen within the week.  v8 the poor you have with you always:  We will never lack an opportunity to care for the poor (Deuteronomy 15:11).  v9-11 put Lazarus to death also:  The chief priests were mostly Sadducees (the social elite).  They had an additional reason to kill Lazarus.  He was a living refutation of their doctrine that there was no Resurrection (11:57); Acts 23:8.  on account of him:  because of Lazarus many were believing in Jesus. 

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