Review – chapter 13
13:8 The Sign of the End of the Age. Troubles on a global scale would seem to signal the end of the age, but Jesus added These are the beginning of birth pangs.
13:14-23 Second half of Tribulation. The first half is described in Matthew 24:9-14 with verse 15 as the transition verse almost identical to Mark 13:14. The sign of the end of the age will be the abomination of desolation. From Daniel and Revelation we know this event begins the second half of the Tribulation and from Daniel 12:11 it will last 1290 days. Jesus’ warning to Take heed! is intended for Tribulation saints.
13:27 The Gathering of Israel. This verse is about gathering of the Jews worldwide who have been scattered because of the anger of Satan and the desolation of the beast. They will be gathered once again to fully restore the nation of Israel.
13:33-37 The Need to Keep Watch. A serious warning, the fourth in this chapter (vv 5, 9a, 23, 33). The reference to those watching who are asleep is about unbelievers. Thayer’s Greek Lexicon: metaphorically, to yield to sloth and sin, and be indifferent to one’s salvation. Ephesians 5:14 and 1 Thessalonians 5:6.
14:1-2 They want Jesus dead, but… To this day Jews at the end of Passover the world over say “Next year in Jerusalem.” This comes from Psalm 137 when they were exiled to Babylon. At the time of Jesus all the men living within 15 miles were required to attend Passover. It is said the population of Jerusalem doubled during this time. The feasts of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were held one after the other. “In popular usage the two festivals were merged and treated for practical purposes as the seven-day ‘feast of the Passover.’” (Lane)
It is interesting the priests and the lawgivers were not concerned with God or the law, but only with what they wanted and a fear of the people. This is the opposite of how things should be for a believer where what God wants is first in our lives and not what people will think.
14:3 The alabaster jar. Alabaster is white, but gets its name from the alabaster stone. I do not believe she broke the jar (show slide), instead she (Mary sister of Martha) broke it open and poured the perfume first on the head, and then (John 12:3) on the feet of Jesus, drying the feet with the hair of her head. She did not wish to keep or hold back anything and she did it without saying a word. She offered up all, gave away all, and her “all” was a tribute worthy of a king.
14:4-5 The reaction. Mary took a verbal beating from those present and said nothing in reply or in her own defense. Judas the thief and betrayer likely started the criticism, but first some rebuked her, they as a group they rebuked her harshly. Still she said nothing.
14:6-9 Then Jesus spoke. Leave her alone. I can imagine He said this with great authority and perhaps His voice thundered – at least in my imagination. Jesus acknowledged she had been listening that He would die so she came and anointed Him for His burial. So she honored Him with a tribute worthy of a king. Jesus had entered Jerusalem as a king days earlier. Jesus honored her saying what she has done will also be told, in memory of her. And here we are 2,000 years later honoring the memory of her. To get a clearer picture of why this is so turn back to verses on the widow’s offering Mark 12:41-44.
What are we prepared to do?
Did you know
- 70 percent of those who attend church never share their faith with a stranger?
- 70 percent of those who are ‘unchurched’ have never in their life been invited to church?
- 75 percent of those who attend church do not believe sharing their faith is important?
How are we living? Are we following Jesus?
Ezekiel 33:30-32 As for you, son of man, your people are talking together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, saying to each other, ‘Come and hear the message that has come from the Lord.’ My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.