Mar 16, 2017
A daily devotional through the recorded words Jesus spoke while
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- Thanks for joining me today for "A Little Walk with God." I'm
your host Richard Agee.
- Have you ever given someone an extravagant gift and others kind
of scolded you about it? We probably all have if you think back
through your life. Men can think about that tiny little rock on
their fiance’s finger. That’s a lot of money for such a small
thing, isn’t it? But is it really extravagant? Jesus got one of
those gifts one day and everyone complained.
- John 12:7-8
- Jesus: Leave her alone. She has observed this
custom in anticipation of the day of My burial. The poor are ever
present, but I will be leaving.
- When young men get down on their knees and ask for a young
lady’s hand in marriage, she usually expects a gold or white gold
ring with at least one diamond in it, right? It’s just the way of
things, or it least it has been for a long time.
- Diamonds are measured in karats
- 200 milligrams which is 7/1000’s ounce
- Perfect cut and highest quality 1 carat diamond is $17,000
- Is that extravagant?
- Ask your fiance
- Jesus and His disciples were eating with Lazarus at his home in
- Martha was working as hostess serving the guests
- Mary sat at Jesus feet and poured pure nard
- Comes from a plant grows to about 1 meter (3 ft) in height and
has pink, bell-shaped flowers. It is found in the Himalayas in
Nepal, China, and India at an altitude of about 9,800 to 16,400 ft.
(underground stems) can be crushed and distilled into an intensely
aromatic amber-colored essential oil,
which is very thick in consistency.
- Other gospels tell us she broke an alabaster jar to pour out
the precious liquid
- The alabaster stone from which the jar was carved probably came
from the quarries of Alabastron in Egypt, the place from which the
stone for the sarcophagus for Seti I and many of the canopic jars
- Each item on its own cost months or maybe even years of labor
wages for their purchase
- Not just Judas, but several of the disciples who were with
Jesus complained about the waste
- Look at what that money could have bought
- Look how many people we could have fed
- Look what we could have done for the poor
- Look how much ministry we could have done if she had sold that
perfume and given the money to us instead of pouring it out on your
- Jesus, scold her!
- He didn’t
- Sometimes extravagance is the right thing to do
- She showed extravagant love through her gift to the One who set
- We give extravagantly to the one we wish to live with for the
rest of our lives
- We think nothing of shelling out those months of pay to put the
right ring on our bride’s finger
- Why should we complain when someone pours out an expression of
love for their savior?
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