20th March 2013

The Last Straw

“Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
Matthew 26:13(NIV)

I can’t begin to understand the type of world Mary lived in where she could just walk into a house – presumably uninvited – and start pouring ointment all over the guest of honour’s head.  I have visions of men in black suits body-tackling her to the ground, prising the jar from her hand whilst others are bundling Jesus out the side exit into the waiting armoured limo, for a quick escape!

But even though Mary lived in a world so far removed from ours, yet some things remained the same.  “The poor you will always have with you” (verse 11) and we still do. And human nature – nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

What was it that tipped Judas over the edge? The lavish attention shown to Christ?  The cost of the ointment?  Or the fact that this Mary, not content with shirking her responsibilities of hospitality and leaving it all to her hardworking sister Martha, was now was actually being praised yet again for more non-conformist behaviour?

It wasn’t just Judas who objected; in verse 8 the disciples are referred to as being indignant (KJV) and furious (MSG).  But it is Judas who, in the next verse, goes and sells out Christ.

Life is often like this, in the heat of the moment, when our focus comes off God and the bigger picture and rests on self, that’s when Satan gets a foothold in our life and can use us to tear down rather than to build up.  And when we calm down it is often accompanied by remorse—see Matthew 27:3.

Prayer
Father in heaven, let our anger not lead us to sin, nor to give place to the devil, rather fill us with Your spirit of love.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Jackee Brown

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One Response to “20th March 2013”

  1. John Magowan on March 20th, 2013 10:16 am

    Some interesting thoughts and reflections here, Jackee. One thing that is very clear is where Mary’s heart lay. She loved Jesus more than the treasures of earth! What a positive lesson to all of us living in this modern, materialistic world. Many thanks for your insightful contribution.

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