Tuesday, November 1, 2011

would you have?

Hi girls!  Sorry I  missed Music Monday yesterday. :P I was rather busy :)
But, anyway, on to what I was going to write! ;)

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.  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.
  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 bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
    “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.”  {John 12: 1-11}
So, in Sunday School this week, our youth group's "lesson" was about that famous scene in {I think all of} the gospels. The one in which Mary, Martha and Lazarus's sister, poured fragrant perfume on Jesus's feet.
One detail of that story that we don't usually realize {at least I don't} is that that was an act of worship.
See, back in those times women wore these head covering things
{This is actually a picture of a Muslim woman, as I couldn't find a picture
of a head covering as Jewish women in the Bible time wore them.}
that looked sort of like this. In public, some of the women would bring the cloth up to cover their mouths and noses as well.
It was shameful for a woman to let her hair be seen in public, and she would have been considered a "loose woman". 
But Mary humbled herself enough to let her reputation be scarred in order that she might worship her Lord. Isn't that amazing? Would you have done that?
The perfume that she poured on Jesus was very costly {worth an entire year's wages!}. She was ridiculed for "wasting" the expensive perfume on Jesus' feet. Would you have done that?
This woman committed {in my opinion :)}the one of highest forms of worship in humbling herself and making herself vulnerable all for the sake of worshiping her Lord!
Would you have done what she did, if you were in her situation? Would you have humbled yourself, and wiped the Lords feet with your hair? Would you have spent an entire year's wages on a bottle of {oh, so expensive!!} perfume? Would you have poured it on Jesus?  

I know, that  this story doesn't seem like such a biggy when you're just reading on a computer screen. But just imagine how Mary might've felt. How all she was thinking of at that moment was that her Lord was there, and that she loved him.

Girlies, I hope you got at least something out of this, and you won't just click off of here and continue on to the next post on your blog feed. Comment if you think of anything to add to this! :)
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