Saturday, December 16, 2006

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 "Why wasn't this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year's wages." 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

A great example of a story in the Bible that might have been misunderstood, and the next line explains what happens. In case you thought Judas was really concerned about the poor just because he said so, the true state of his heart is shown here.

Watch out for people who have the outward signs of piety. But, inside they are wicked. Judas was in the inner circle of Jesus, and to everyone he appeared to be the height of religious righteousness. But, God knows the heart, and there is coming a day when He will separate the sheep from the goats.

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

9 Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 1011 for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well,

The devil does not like it when people are moved to put their faith in Jesus Christ. Look out the next time you are sharing your faith with people. Watch for the snares of the enemy to get in your way.

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