Matthew 26:1-13 … JESUS IS ANOINTED BEFORE HE GIVES UP HIS LIFE.
Q.1. Had Jesus completed sharing all His teaching with His disciples? At what time in the Jewish calendar would He die? What do we learn about God’s plans and people’s plans? – (Mt.26:1-5) =
Q.2. What was odd about the venue for this meal? Do we know the identity of the woman? How valuable was the perfume? What value did the disciples place on Jesus? – (Mt.26:6-9 c.f. Jn.12:3-6) =
Q.3. How did Jesus view the attitude of His disciples? Why was the extravagance warranted? What did Mary’s sacrifice mean? What has this act got to do with the gospel? – (Mt.26:10-13) =
The Plot to Kill Jesus
26 When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples,2 “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 4 and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. 5 But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
6 Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,[a] 7 a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. 8 And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?9 For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.”10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. 12 In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial.13 Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”
Q.1. Had Jesus completed sharing all His teaching with His disciples? At what time in the Jewish calendar would He die? What do we learn about God’s plans and people’s plans? – (Mt.26:1-5) = John confirms the record of Matthew that – 1 Jesus knew that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father … 3 knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God (Jn.13:1 & 3). Jesus told His disciples again – You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion (Mt.26:2 c.f. Ps.22:16). This would happen because the Jewish leaders -… plotted together to seize Jesus by stealth and kill Him (Mt.26:4). Nevertheless, they had planned to avoid the Passover festival, because they were afraid of a riot from the people (Mt.26:5). So much for the plans of men! He would in fact die exactly when God planned it! That is, when the sacrificial lambs were slain at the Passover (c.f. Jn.18:28). John the Baptist had prophesied that Jesus would be God’s sacrificial Lamb for the sins of the world, a few years earlier (Jn.1:29).
Q.2. What was odd about the venue for this meal? Do we know the identity of the woman? How valuable was the perfume? What value did the disciples place on Jesus? – (Mt.26:6-9 c.f. Jn.12:3-6) = The story of Mary’s devotion is recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and John. All the writers agree it happened at Bethany, and Matthew and Mark tell us the venue was at Simon’s. He was a leper and John informs us, not surprisingly, that Martha was serving (c.f. Lk.10:38-40; Jn.12:2). He also reveals that it was Mary who performed the sacrificial anointing in excess of $50,000 or about 300 days’ wages (c.f. Mk.14:5; Jn.12:5). The indignation of the disciples shows a complete lack of sensitivity for the devotion of Mary, not to mention the low value they placed on Jesus (Mt.26:8-9). John claims that the ring-leader in this reaction was Judas Iscariot, and he reports that – he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it (Jn.12:6). No disciple could ‘light a candle’ to the care Jesus displayed to the poor.
Q.3. How did Jesus view the attitude of His disciples? Why was the extravagance warranted? What did Mary’s sacrifice mean? What has this act got to do with the gospel? – (Mt.26:10-13) = Jesus picked up the murmur of complaint against Mary, and stepped in to defend her generous offering (Mt.26:10). He knew the truth and identified, That Mary’s act was noble, in contrast to the attitude of the disciples. He pointed out that – you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you ca do good to them; but you do not always have Me (Mk.14:7). It seems that only Mary took His predictions about His pending death to heart, and she determined to take the opportunity to lavish her love on Him while it was still possible. Jesus got Mary’s message loud and clear, and made a stunning prophecy about her – 12 For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial. 13 Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her (Mt.26:12-13). Mary’s gift keeps giving, and her devotion must have greatly heartened Jesus as He faced the Day of Reckoning for the sinners of the world.
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