- Mark 14:1–9Jesus Anointed at BethanyIt was now two days before Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The leading priests and the teachers of religious law were still looking for an opportunity to capture Jesus secretly and kill him. 2 “But not during the Passover celebration,” they agreed, “or the people may riot.”3 Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy. While he was eating,* a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard. She broke open the jar and poured the perfume over his head.4 Some of those at the table were indignant. “Why waste such expensive perfume?” they asked. 5 “It could have been sold for a year’s wages* and the money given to the poor!” So they scolded her harshly.6 But Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. Why criticize her for doing such a good thing to me? 7 You will always have the poor among you, and you can help them whenever you want to. But you will not always have me. 8 She has done what she could and has anointed my body for burial ahead of time. 9 I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed.”
Whatever you do for the Lord will be criticized and misunderstood by some, especially the religious. The Word says “the leading priests and the teachers of religious law were still looking for an opportunity to capture Jesus secretly and kill him.” The religious, secretly do not like Jesus. They may use His name but they are offended by Him. They wanted to kill Him at Passover celebration but they decided not to because it would start a riot. They were people oriented. The religious don’t like Jesus but use Him to get attention and crowds from people all while secretly planning to get rid of Him. The religious get rid of Jesus by focusing more on works and tradition than Christ.
The religious criticized this woman for her act, her sacrifice, to Jesus because it didn’t make sense in the natural they didn’t even care that Jesus was being blessed.
The Word says they scolded her but Jesus responded. It does not mention the woman addressing them.
God is going to fight this next battle for you, you need only to be quiet. Exodus. 14:14.
Do what is right and what the Lord has called you to do and He will defend you and make your name great (in the midst of them).
This passage is subtitled Jesus anointed in Bethany. Some translations suggest the name Bethany means poverty. Poverty itself means the state of being extremely poor. I feel like the Lord is saying “as you offer a sacrifice of praise, of worship while in your Bethany, I will bless you”. God is saying wherever you are extremely poor, whether it be in your finances, relationships, in your Spirit, if you offer a sacrifice to the Lord, He will bless you in that area and an anointing will be released.
Jesus was anointed by the perfume, the sacrifice of the woman. She anointed his head. God says if you offer a sacrifice unto The Lord, and bless him in your lack He will return it unto you and bless you in your impoverished area. He will anoint your head and meet your need.
God is looking for a sacrificial people. People that will offer a sacrifice of praise.
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” Hebrews 13:5
I thought about it and I wondered why did this woman, take a risk and offer such a big sacrifice to The Lord. They did not mention her name or any previous encounters that she had with The Lord. But then I thought, this passage took place in Bethany, she met Jesus (and made her sacrifice) at Simon’s house in Bethany. Simon who previously had leprosy…but was healed by Jesus. This woman took a risk and made such a big sacrifice because she knew what Jesus had done for Simon. She believed that Jesus was a healer, that Jesus was The Messiah, that Jesus was who He said he was.
You need to make this next sacrifice just because of who God is, because you have seen Him be good to someone else, because of who He says He is, because of what you have been prompted to do.
And God being God, is going to meet you in your sacrifice, bless you and make your name great, regardless of what others may think or say.
This walk with Christ is a continuous journey. You don’t reach one level and then plato or stop. God is calling you to higher and this season He is calling you to make a sacrifice of praise in the midst of your Bethany because he is ready to release an anointing that only come from sacrifice.
Where is your Bethany? Where are you poor? Where are you lacking? While thinking about it, offer a sacrifice of praise unto the Lord.
Bless Him, thank Him; because of who He is.
And we will see the goodness of The Lord in the land of the living.
God is ready to release a blessing, an anointing in your Bethany.