Friday, October 28, 2011

A Morning Cup of Tea: Anointing for Burial

It looks like today's study is an afternoon cup of tea rather than morning! I hope you'll forgive this being a little late today. I had an early doctor's appointment this morning.
  We are closing in on the time of Passover. It is very sobering to read and remember the events to follow, but I think it is very important to do so. The people of the world was given a great gift. 
 Today we are focusing on Mark 14:1-9. During the few days before the Passover, Jesus and his disciples were staying in Bethany. On this day they were at the house of Simon the leper, sharing a meal. A woman came into the room where they were eating, carrying an alabaster box of spikenard. This is a very expensive oil, sometimes used in making perfume. It was used for preparing bodies for burial as well. The woman broke open the box and poured the oil over Jesus' head.
  Some in the room were upset at her actions. They thought it would have been better to sell the oil and give the money to the poor rather than waste it as this woman did!
  Jesus told them not to be angry at the woman, for she did the right thing.  
 7.For ye have the poor with you always, and whnsoever ye will ye may do them good; but me ye have not always.
  Jesus explained that she was anointing him for burial. He was once again letting the disciples know that he was going to die.  

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