Bible Society of South Africa

In her memory – Day 13

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The Plot against Jesus

1It was now two days before the Festival of Passover and Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the teachers of the Law were looking for a way to arrest Jesus secretly and put him to death. 2“We must not do it during the festival,” they said, “or the people might riot.”

Jesus is Anointed at Bethany

3Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon, a man who had suffered from a dreaded skin disease. While Jesus was eating, a woman came in with an alabaster jar full of a very expensive perfume made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on Jesus' head. 4Some of the people there became angry and said to one another, “What was the use of wasting the perfume? 5It could have been sold for more than 300 silver coins and the money given to the poor!” And they criticized her harshly.

6But Jesus said, “Leave her alone! Why are you bothering her? She has done a fine and beautiful thing for me. 7You will always have poor people with you, and any time you want to, you can help them. But you will not always have me. 8She did what she could; she poured perfume on my body to prepare it ahead of time for burial. 9Now, I assure you that wherever the gospel is preached all over the world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

10Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went off to the chief priests in order to betray Jesus to them. 11They were pleased to hear what he had to say, and promised to give him money. So Judas started looking for a good chance to hand Jesus over to them.

Mark 14:1-11GNBOpen in Bible reader

The scene shifts from chief priests and scribes plotting to arrest Jesus and kill him to a dinner at the home “Simon the Leper”. Here an unnamed woman pours very expensive perfume on Jesus’ head. The woman’s action was not welcome and the guests express much criticism. Jesus interrupts them and sings the woman’s praises.

1. This unnamed woman “did what she could” (14:8). Did she perhaps know and understood what was about to happen? Was this a prophetic act?

2. How are we to tell the story “in memory of her” when we don’t know her name?

3. Read verses 9 and 10 again. What prompted Judas to go to the chief priests?

4. Note that the woman spent money to do “a beautiful thing” for Jesus with her hands while Judas was about to make money by handing Jesus over. Does this observation reflect anything in your own context?

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