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June 26, 2022

Seizing the Opportunity to Love the Lord (2)

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 2 of 2] In verse 8 the Lord went on to say, "She has done what she could; she anointed My body beforehand for the burial." She anticipated the need, or took occasion, to anoint the Lord's body for burial. This indicates that she received the revelation of the Lord's death by the Lord's words. Hence, she seized the opportunity to pour the best she had upon the Lord. To love the Lord with our best requires a revelation concerning Him. The story of the gospel is that the Lord loved us, and the story of the woman who anointed the Lord is that she loved Him. We must preach both--the Lord loving us and our loving the Lord. One is for our salvation, and the other is for our consecration. What the Lord says in verse 8 is crucial, for it indicates that this woman had certainly received the Lord's word concerning His death and resurrection. I do not believe that Peter received this word, but she received it. She knew that the One she loved would soon be killed and that she would not have another opportunity to anoint Him. Therefore, while He was still present, she seized the opportunity to pour out her ointment upon Him. In doing this, she anointed Him for His burial. (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. 366-367. 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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