May 9, 2017: SOAP #2714: 2Samuel 17; Psalm 71; Matthew 26 Scripture:  Matthew (NVI) 26:6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining [...]

May 9, 2017: SOAP #2714: 2Samuel 17; Psalm 71; Matthew 26

Scripture:  Matthew (NVI) 26:6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked.   9 “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”

Observation:    To waste something is to exchange its value for something of lesser value, or to use it in a way that does not match its value.    The buyer may underestimate the value of what he has, or overestimate the value of what he is buying.   Either way, he loses value.  

In the above passage, the lady anointing Jesus placed a high value on Jesus.   The personal loss of this expensive possession was not to be compared with the opportunity to express how much she valued Jesus!  

The disciples saw the value of giving to the poor as greater than the value of honoring Jesus.   So, for them, this was a waste.  

Application:    Every day in large ways and in small ways I have opportunity to express how I value the Lord.    I can give time, talent or treasure in letting Him know how valuable He is to me and in my quest to make Him look good to others.   That is good use of value; it is not a waste!

Prayer:     Jesus, may my words and actions agree:   nothing compares with You!  Amen

Pastor Leon
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