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Jesus’ Annointing

July 12, 2019 Leave a comment

6 Now while Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table. 8 But when the disciples saw it, they were angry and said, “Why this waste? 9 For this ointment could have been sold for a large sum, and the money given to the poor.” 10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? She has performed a good service for me. 11 For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. 12 By pouring this ointment on my body she has prepared me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”

According to Jesus, charity is not always the right decision.

Is this claim specific to the context or more generalizable?

I wonder if Jesus is more concerned for the woman than his disciples’ critique.

If a person’s motives and actions are pure, why compare them to an alternative? This is a game that can never be won.

Each person is held accountable to his or her own conscience.

Jesus protects the woman and teaches this truth tactfully.

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