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June 25, 2022

Seizing the Opportunity to Love the Lord (1)

Mark 14:3 And while He was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as He reclined at table, a woman came, having an alabaster flask of ointment, of very costly pure nard, and she broke the alabaster flask and poured it over His head. 4 But there were some who were indignantly commenting among themselves: Why has this waste of the ointment been made? 5 For this ointment could have been sold for over three hundred denarii and given to the poor. And they were infuriated with her. 6 But Jesus said, Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a noble deed on Me. 7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you do not always have Me. 8 She has done what she could; she has anointed My body beforehand for the burial. 9 And truly I say to you, Wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what this woman has done shall also be told as a memorial of her.

[Part 1 of 2] The house of Simon in Bethany is a miniature of the church life. According to this miniature, the church life is composed of cleansed lepers who love the Lord Jesus. Those who love Him, as did Simon and as did the woman who anointed Him, take Him as their full replacement. In their heart there is no room for the temple. They would not even be distracted by caring for the poor (v. 5). Those who were indignant [vv. 4-5] regarded the woman's love offering to the Lord a waste. Throughout the past nineteen centuries, thousands of precious lives, heart treasures, high positions, and golden futures have been "wasted" upon the Lord Jesus. To those who love Him in such a way, He is altogether lovely and worthy of their offering. What they have poured upon Him is not a waste, but a fragrant testimony of His sweetness. The Lord's word, "You do not always have Me," indicates that we must love the Lord and seize the opportunity to love Him. Today many Christians care more for works of charity than for Christ. A charitable concern for the poor often replaces Christ. But in Mark 14 the Lord Jesus would not allow the concern for the poor to be a replacement of Himself. He seems to be saying, "Do not trouble this one who loves Me. She has done a good work on Me. If you want to take care of the poor, wait for another time and go to another place. The poor are always with you. But this is the unique time for you to take Me as your replacement and to pour out everything upon Me." [Continued tomorrow] (c) Living Stream Ministry.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Mark, pp. 365-366. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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