Bible Study “Giving Him Our Best”

 

Bible Study Question – Mark 14:3-9

Why do you suppose Mary did this? Was it of her own accord?

What did Mary’s act signify?

In John, the woman is Mary, the sister of Simon the home owner. Why do you think Mark neglected to give her name?

*Interesting fact* Nard is an aromatic Himalayan plant, believed to be the spikenard, Nardostachys jatamansi, the source of an ointment used by the ancients.

Were those who were complaining about this expensive ointment’s waste right in complaining? Why or why not? (300 Denarii was about a years wages for the common laborer)

Was aromatic oil the greatest gift given that day? Explain. Matthew 10:37; John 21:15-17

What does it mean to give Jesus your best and why should we always give our best to Christ? John 1:1,14; Galatians 2:20; 1 Timothy 1:15

How did Christ modal this for us? 1 Peter 1:17-19

What will be the result of giving our best to Christ?

Does it matter what the world thinks, so long as He is pleased with us?

In John, the complainer is stated to be Judas Iscariot? Contrast Mary’s action from Judas’.

What do you think was Mary’s reaction to Judas’ complaint?

It is interesting that the word translated ‘waste’ (apwleia) in Verse 4 is translated ‘perdition’ (A state of spiritual ruin: loss of the soul) in John 17:12 and applied to Judas. What can you take from this?

*Interesting note* Anointings were popular during Passover (Psalm 23:5, 141:5) and this was two days before the Passover.

Jesus called her act a “good work.” How is this so?

Jesus’ words sound harsh in verses 6 – 7. What does He mean by saying this? Deuteronomy 15:11

What do Jesus’ comments say about His ultimate feelings about the poor and destitute?

What is especially beautiful about Christ’s words in verse 8, “She has done what she could,” and how does that tell us of His expectations for us? Luke 21:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8:11-12

Explain verse 10. Acts 10:4

(Note:  Bible study materials are gathered from various resources, i.e. Bible.org)

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