Scriptures where she can be found: Mark 14, Luke 10, John 11-12
I wanted to share both accounts of this story. While I was studying this out, and thinking about this account of Mary of Bethany anointing Jesus with the spikenard, I learned a few things about the story and the writers. They have some similarities and some differences.
One of the accounts is written by Mark, often referred to as John Mark. He was not present during this event. The events in his Gospel account have been said to relayed to him mainly by the apostle Peter.
In Mark's account, we are told whose house everyone is in, Simon the Leper. But Mary is not referred to by name. We know it was her because John tells the same story. In John's account, we are not told whose home the disciples and Jesus are in, but Mary, Martha, and Lazarus are all named as being there.
Mark tells us that "the woman" breaks the flask and pours it on Jesus' head. John tells us how much of spikenard she has, "a pound", and that she anoints his feet and wipes them with her hair. John also tells us that the whole house is filled with the fragrance of the oil.
Mark says that what she did made "some" indignant. John identifies the "some" as being Judas Iscariot, although there could have been others as well since Mark uses a plural pronoun. In both accounts though, we are told of Jesus' response. He defends her, and tells them to "let her alone."
I especially like the detail in Mark's account because he tells us that Jesus says, "She has done what she could." Doesn't that just warm your heart? Mary did what she could for Jesus. She gave Him something of great worth, something to honor Him.
Maybe you think you have nothing to give. The Lord sees you, and sees your heart. When you give to Him, doing what you can, He May recall that to you someday.
He honors Mary even more by saying,
Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.
And its a story that will continue to be told until His return!
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