Speaker: Alistair Begg
Sermon Title: Whole-Hearted Devotion
Scripture Text:Mark 14:1-9
What is happening in the Scripture passage being read? What is the context?
What was the cost involved for the woman who poured the fragrant oil onto the head of Jesus?
Why did she perform this act?
How did Jesus’ response to the woman compare with that of his disciples?
How does this event challenge the disciples’ understanding of value in the Kingdom?
Was Judas really concerned for the poor?
How widespread do you think jealousy is among those who follow Christ?
Why does Jesus quote from Deuteronomy 15:11?
The speaker says that the real challenge in reading this event is determining how we fit into the narrative. Will you give up your whole life to serve Him?
What do you think when you hear …
Only one life, will soon bet past,
And only what’s done for Christ will last.
14:1 After two days it was the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a treacherous way to arrest and kill Him. 2 “Not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be rioting among the people.”
3 While He was in Bethany at the house of Simon who had a serious skin disease, as He was reclining at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of pure and expensive fragrant oil of nard. She broke the jar and poured it on His head. 4 But some were expressing indignation to one another: “Why has this fragrant oil been wasted? 5 For this oil might have been sold for more than 300 denarii and given to the poor.” And they began to scold her.
6 Then Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why are you bothering her? She has done a noble thing for Me. 7 You always have the poor with you, and you can do what is good for them whenever you want, but you do not always have Me. 8 She has done what she could; she has anointed My body in advance for burial. 9 I assure you: Wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told in memory of her.” (HCSB)
Deuteronomy 15:11 For there will never cease to be poor people in the land; that is why I am commanding you, ‘You must willingly open your hand to your afflicted and poor brother in your land.’ (HCSB)