Spiritual Training 06 December 2011

Posted: December 6, 2011 in Bible Study, Spiritual Training, The book of John, trust in the Lord with all your heart, Uncategorized, Under Gods Command

Under Gods Command

John 12: 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, and expensive perfume, she poured it on Jesus feet and wiped his feet with her hair.  Ant the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 

 John 12:4-6 But one of his disciples Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him objected, why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor?  It was worth a year’s wages.  He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money, he used to help himself to what was put into it.   

John 12:7-8 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.  You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

Judas used a pious phrase to hide his true motives.  But Jesus knew what was in his heart.  Judas’s life had become a lie, and the devil was gaining more and more control over him.  Satan is the father of lies, and a lying character opens the door to his influence.  Jesus knowledge of us should make us want to keep our actions consistent with our words.  Because we have nothing to fear with him, we should have nothing to hide.

This act and Jesus response to it do not teach us to ignore the poor so we can spend money extravagantly for Christ.  This was a unique act for a specific occasion, and anointing that anticipated Jesus burial and a public declaration of faith in him as Messiah.  Jesus words should have taught Judas a valuable lesson about the worth of money.  Unfortunately, Judas did not take heed; soon he would sell his Master’s life for 30 pieces of silver.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; (6) in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.  

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