Selfish Judas

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Anointing His Feet

12 1-3 Six days before Passover, Jesus entered Bethany where Lazarus, so recently raised from the dead, was living. Lazarus and his sisters invited Jesus to dinner at their home. Martha served. Lazarus was one of those sitting at the table with them. 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.

4-6 Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples, even then getting ready to betray him, said, “Why wasn’t this oil sold and the money given to the poor? It would have easily brought three hundred silver pieces.” He said this not because he cared two cents about the poor but because he was a thief. He was in charge of their common funds but also embezzled them.

-John 12:1-6 The Message.

Verse 1: Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.

Verse 2: So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving, but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him.

Verse 3: Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance of the smell.

Verse 3 study: Mary had an expensive oil that is worth a lot. It was imported from the mountains of India. The amount that she had on hand was worth a year’s wages.

Verse 4: But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, said.

Verse 5: “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor people?”

Verse 6: Now he said this, not because he was not concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he pilfered what was put into it.

Verses 4-6 study: Judas had a thing for stealing from the disciples. He would take money out of the bag and use it for his personal use. Jesus had a good idea of what Judas was doing. Yet, Jesus didn’t do or say anything. With our lives, we dip into sin, and God doesn’t do or say anything and has a good idea of what you are up to. One day, we will have to answer for it.

Verses 5-6 study: You may know someone who thinks they have a good motive, but you know deep down inside they are up to no good. Jesus felt the same way about Judas. He knew he was not doing good for him, but for himself instead. This is why it is a good idea to keep God in the loop of everything you are feeling. We know Satan leads as a liar, and Jesus knew that Judas was heading that way. Therefore, our words and action should always line up with Jesus.

Father, thank you for our time together to keep up on your word. I pray that we can be authentic with others and know the difference in people. I pray we don’t fall into the trap of others going wrong, but instead, continuing to lead the right way. In Jesus’ name. Amen!