John Lesson 16 Day 2

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John Lesson 16 Day 2

Mary anoints Jesus with a rare perfume, preparing Him for burial.

John 12:1-11

(Matthew 26:6-16 and Mark 14:3-11 also cover this event.)

About two months after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, despite the danger…

Jesus is again with Lazarus and his sisters at a party in his honor six days before the Passover (v. 1), probably on Saturday night after the conclusion of sabbath. John does not say where the party takes place, but according to Matthew and Mark it would be at the house of Simon the leper (Matthew 26:6 and Mark 14:3). “Lazarus is also an honored guest, while Martha helps with the serving (v. 2), true to the picture of her elsewhere (Luke 10:38-42).”  (IVP NT Commentaries)

Matthew and Mark say a woman anointed Jesus’ head while John records the more intimate and shocking act of anointing his feet. She let down her hair, something women never did.

3. a. “Mary came in with a jar of very expensive aromatic oils,

“anointed and massaged Jesus’ feet, and then wiped them with her hair. The fragrance of the oils filled the house.” John 12:3 (MSG)

Mary “. . . sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching.” Luke 10:39 ESV

Jesus said about Mary, “. . . one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42 ESV

b. Mary recognized Jesus’ true identity.

She worships Him by offering perfume. The wise men brought Him frankincense and myrrh and worshiped Him.

She goes a step further by anointing Jesus’ head and feet then lovingly wipes His feet with her hair. (Song of Solomon 1:12)

Mary unknowingly performed a prophetic act. (See Agabus’ prophetic act in Acts 21:10-12) Jesus interpreted her action when He said, “Let her alone, so that she may keep [the rest of] it for the day of My burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.” (AMP)

Devoted disciple—She sat at Jesus’ feet, the posture of Jewish scholars while listening to the rabbis teach. (Paul says he was brought up at the feet of Gamaliel, Acts 22:3.)

  • Friend
  • Grateful
  • Humble
  • Passionate
  • Consistent and persistent—Mary “seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was continually listening to His teaching.” (Luke 10:39 AMP)
  • Free of cultural restrictions
  • Mary crossed the invisible line by entering the public room along with the men.
  • She let down her hair in front of the men—Another cultural faux pas.
  • Adoration of Jesus as the Son of God
  • Extravagant worshiper
  • Generous

4. a. Judas reacts

In Matthew and Mark’s accounts, they say the disciples were outraged at the waste. John attributes the following words to Judas who said, “Why wasn’t this oil sold and the money given to the poor? It would have easily brought three hundred silver pieces.” (MSG)

Judas’ heart

John writes, “He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it.” John 12:6 ESV

He apparently was quite outraged by Jesus’ response because, “Then Judas . . . went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them.” Mark 14:10 ESV

5. Jesus knew what was going on and said, “Leave her alone.”

“She’s anticipating and honoring the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you. You don’t always have me.” John 12:7

Jesus went on to say, “And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” Mark 14:9 ESV

6. My response

I desire a deep, intimate relationship with Jesus—

To sit at His feet and hang on His every word;

To dearly love Him despite the cost;

Worship Him extravagantly and with abandon, not caring or taking notice of what others might think.


My answers to BSF study questions on John Lesson 16 Day 2 ~ John 12:1-11

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