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Alabaster Jar – Giving all to Jesus

Alabaster Jar – Giving all to Jesus – Word of God Speak Linkup

“What she has done will also be told.” And it has been told. Again and again. The story of the woman and the alabaster jar of fragrance is such an extravagant story. From the expense of the nard, to the heavy fragrance of the perfume, I can sense the abundance.

Alabaster Jar - Giving all to Jesus

Alabaster Jar from Wikipedia

Today we are looking at Mark 14:1-9 as the fifth week in Lent. We are using the S.I.M.P.L.E. Method of Bible Study.

S – Say the passage out loud: Check other versions.

I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her (Mark 14:9, NIV). 

And in The Message:

And you can be sure that wherever in the whole world the Message is preached, what she just did is going to be talked about admiringly (Mark 14:9, MSG).”

I – Interpretation – Check footnotes, references and commentaries. Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?

Last week we looked at Mark 12:41-44 where the poor woman put in everything.

Looking back at the previous passages we see Passover is two days away. Today’s passage follows Jesus’ description of the “end of the age”. Jesus describes his coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And after this passage – Judas goes to the priests to betray Jesus.

Read all of Mark 14:1-9

Here are some questions:

Why hadn’t the priests killed Jesus? 

They didn’t want the people upset. It was feast time. The people might riot.

Where was Jesus?

He was in Bethany at Simon the leper’s.

Who arrived? And what did she bring with her?

A woman entered and brought in an expensive alabaster Jar of perfume – pure Nard. I can find many reports that this was Mary of Bethany, Martha’s sister. But I also found other references that she was an unnamed woman.

What did the woman do?

She broke the jar and poured it over Jesus’ head.

What was the reaction of the people in the room? 

They rebuked her and wanted to know why so much money had been wasted instead of giving it to the poor.

What was Jesus’ reaction?

Jesus told them to leave her alone, not to bother her. He said we would always have the poor but He would not always be here. She did what she could to prepare His body for burial.

Gospel means good news.

Read the following references:

Matthew 24:14
Mark 16:15
John 12:3 – This woman has been identified as Mary – and she pours the nard over Jesus’ feet.

Nard is made from oil that had been extracted from the root of a plant grown in India. It’s very fragrant.

M- Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas.

There is so much in this story. Focusing just on our featured passage – the one we will attempt to memorize – Jesus is telling me how important worship is to HIm. The woman has gone to the house with a purpose – a plan. I believe God led her to Jesus to bless Him abundantly. She shows her love and how much she cares for Him.

Many stories, articles, and songs have been written about this woman and what she did. It is a small passage but Jesus predicted it would be told again and again when His story was told. And it was and is.

Jesus knew exactly what the woman was doing and how much this story would be told over and over. I like to believe it was Mary of Bethany. I remember her sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to Him and learning from Him. I remember Martha being upset with her for not helping with the preparations. And I remember Jesus saying to Martha that Mary was doing what is best. And once again He says the same thing.

P- Pray for God’s Guidance This is a silent time of prayer, listening to God Speak. When you have finished writing all your thoughts, questions and ideas then take time for prayer.

L- Life Application – Write down what you heard God speak (no matter how different from your own thoughts previously).

Once again I fell asleep. I have been tired lately, fighting allergies. But it was very peaceful and I remember feeling in His arms.

I know I will worship Jesus by studying, praising, praying and preaching His word. (click to tweet)

Thy will be done
Hail to my King
Pouring nard from an alabaster jar on my Saviour

Sing joyous songs of deliverance
Be wary of going off track
Plan with God

Alabaster Jar - Giving it all to Jesus

E- Exit with a prayer of confirmation, forgiveness, praise or acceptance.

Lord, I love how you show me where my focus lies. From looking at the woman who gave everything to the woman who worshipped Jesus fully. I am trying to put my whole self into your Hands. I am trying to cast my cares on You. I am trying to let You show me how to gain more time for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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His Hands – Put everything there

His Hands – Put everything there – Hope Stream Radio Podcast

During this 4th week of Lent I have been studying Mark 12:41-44. I have come to the conclusion I need to put everything in His Hands.

HIs Hands - cast all your cares

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His Hands - Hope Stream Radio

On Tuesdays I podcast on HopeStreamRadio. You can listen to: Putting it in His Hands by clicking on this link: Here.

I have written out the show notes for those who would rather read than listen.

Show Notes for Putting it in His Hands

 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on (Mark 12:41-44, NIV).

I noticed that Jesus sat down at a particular spot so He could see the offerings. He sat down to watch what people were doing – specifically how they gave to God.

I read that the offerings were collected in containers that looked like upside down trumpets. As Jesus watched I am sure He thought about all the people as they came into the temple. It says there was a crowd.

Hebrews 4:12 tells us that God will judge the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

I try to think – what did Jesus see and hear?

He saw a crowd, which is a large number of people.

I wonder what their thoughts were?

I can hear the mental arguments as they tossed in their coins:

Oh I wish I could keep this. I could really do with a new pair of sandals instead of giving this money to the temple.

Oh I think these priests are greedy expecting me to give to them – why don’t they work like I do?

Or I could hear and see the wealthy saying to themselves:

Look everyone. Look at my fine clothes. I am helping the treasury more than anyone else here. Look how much I give.

Or we look at the woman with the two small coins and we hear:

Thank You Lord for all You are. I willingly give to You what You require of me.

Are these the thoughts that Jesus hears? If so, I have to look at myself.

What am I saying when I give? What are you saying? (click to tweet)

And let’s look at our lives – not just the offering – the money part.

Jesus asks us to give Him everything – that means our whole lives. (click to tweet)

Is there anything you are trying to keep for yourself? Are you afraid to give that to Him? Maybe He will know you a little more if you give it up. That way you are giving yourself to Him and putting your life in His Hands.

Psalm 55:22 says

Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you;
he will never let
the righteous be shaken.

I love the word “cast”. I can see myself throwing my cares over to Him. Hence the picture at the top of the fly fisherman. Can you cast away your cares and let the Lord deal with them?

On a personal note, I have been trying to give up control of my hubby for the Lenten season. I don’t always succeed. I think it’s because of habit and because I care about him and want the best for him. But it sounds like nagging when I do it. So once again I am laying it down and asking Jesus to help me not want to run my husband’s life.

May I pray for you and me?

Father, what we know and what we do are two different things. We know we need to give it all to you but it’s hard when we want to be in control. So today we lay down ourselves and take You up Jesus. We ask You to be the leader, Our Shepherd. We will follow You. In Your name. Amen.

Until next time, what can you learn from God’s Word. Make sure You keep reading and keep studying and of course, keep praying and listen to what God has to say. It will be life-changing.

Are you putting everything into His Hands?

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