The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

( FaithOfJesus thread begun by rRandyP )

Today's Verse:


kjv@Mark:14:1 @ After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.

kjv@Mark:14:2 @ But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.

kjv@Mark:14:3 @ And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.

kjv@Mark:14:4 @ And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?

kjv@Mark:14:5 @ For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.

kjv@Mark:14:6 @ And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me.

kjv@Mark:14:7 @ For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.

kjv@Mark:14:8 @ She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.

kjv@Mark:14:9 @ Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.

kjv@Mark:14:10 @ And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them.

kjv@Mark:14:11 @ And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.

Today's notes:


Key Concepts:

dict:smith Passover (specifically the Passover as a type)

What is God's righteousness observed doing?:

What does this tell us about God's righteousness?:

How is man reacting?:


kjv@John:11:2 kjv@John:12:3 John identifies the woman as Mary the sister of Lazarus. He has a strong first hand recollection of the scent of the ointment filling the entire room.

We had just been talking previously of good works and of them being the evidences of a heart transformed and taken by saving grace. Typically we would think as the men here that the better good work would be to sell the valuable ointment giving the price to charity upon the poor not realizing that the better good work for this moment may be to perform service upon the Lord. How many of your good works are works upon the Lord? An equal number? A lesser number? How many are situational to the maturing point of your understanding and relationship to the Lord? To the point of service He has brought you to?

The answer is that too often our works are based upon what the others have done or are doing, what is commonly accepted as being good and proper, thinking of everyone else but the Lord and where He is at in this current spot. If so then our works are not as good as we might make them and may not be of this transformed by grace well spring, but from imitation.

We do not know where Judas was in this troubling of the woman. Perhaps this was his tipping point, perhaps not. He could have been the one to spread the notion to the others; seems the way most group reactions formulate. He could also have been too preoccupied/despondent with loftier matters; we see this as well in advance of manic or psychotic actions. Most portrayals of Judas that I have seen characterize him as the ministry treasurer keeper the ministry purse and being of an all about the money frame of mind. That may be grossly over simplifying why he is thinking and doing what he is about to do.

How Matthew knows and can accurately reflect what the chief priest are thinking is a matter of question. The best explanation is that he was told by some that were present there in the meetings and discussions. We know that not all attending were in agreement with the matter, some had come to Jesus beforehand to warn Him, some after His death were there to beg His body, some converted to the faith immediately after His resurrection. We also know that John was known by them and brought into the early trial proceedings at the chief priest's palace. We admit that the inspired Word of God is in fact written by the Holy Spirit and that this alone should be proof enough, yet in these types of considerations we can also see how deeply that the Holy Spirit was involved with these men and situations ahead of writing the facts into this gospel.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. If righteousness can be as situational as I have suggested, so too then can be our good works. A work might have been good back when the first person performed; either connection to the truthful moment has now changed or else the heart from which it is being performed is less than truthful. There is a general righteousness I gather that is always right (like giving to the poor) (one couldn't do wrong), but situations where a better righteousness is served by something other. The difference appears to be the heart and the awareness as to what that something other might be. I doubt if any of us continuously operate in this something different form of works for long.
  2. Good works also at times have to go up against the intentions and judgments of the more established consensus. They often get left off at the planning stages just to fit in else they die off in the effort to seek other's support first.
  3. There is an odd similarity between the woman going against the tide to do what is right and Judas going against the tide to do what is wrong. They both are convinced that what they are about to do is the thing best for them to do. Then there is the middle ground maintaining the safe ground in one sense, but being played in the other. On which ground do we individually stand today after reading this passage?

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