The Anointings of Jesus

Feb 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: Charts on Different Topical Bible Studies, Special Features (click on Article name)

Attached is a chart comparing the Scriptures that speak about the Anointing of Jesus. In comparing the Scriptures you need to consider a few different questions:

The Anointings of Jesus


1) Are they all talking about the same incident or different ones?

Anointing Jesus' Feet

2) Is the Simon mentioned in each account the same person?

3) What was the purpose of the dinner?

4) She was to be specially honored (if she was not Mary (of Mary and Martha) who was she?

It is our opinion that all the accounts are speaking of the same dinner and anointing. Six days before Passover, Jesus comes to Bethany. Why does he come to Bethany? Because Lazarus has died! The resurrection of Lazarus occurs on the 6th day, this dinner to celebrate Life and the one who gave it back to him, was given by Lazarus’ father Simon (also known as the Leper and he was a Pharisee).

Simon was a bit stuck on his own importance and failed to see that the honored guest was taken care of. To add insult to injury, after all the Jesus had done, he still had reservations of Jesus’ authority and questioned within himself, because of Mary (who John identifies). There is something in Mary’s past that bothers him. This attitude is infectious and Judas then murmurs about the waste of this ointment and soon the others are murmuring too. Jesus chastises them all, including Simon (Judas’ father), for having the wrong attitude. Simon is given the lesson of forgiveness, but Judas and the eleven are told that this was for his burial (which would occur the next day).

With the above in mind we then come up with other questions one being:

5) What is Mary’s sin?

I don’t know, but Psalm 109 makes an interesting statement. Psalm 109 is all about Judas and what Jesus thought of him after the betrayal.

Psa 109:14  Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.

Perhaps Mary’s sin, isn’t one she committed, but perhaps there was questions or uncertainty of the actions of her mother.

The above thoughts are all supposition based on all the accounts speaking of the same incident, which seems evident to us. Please see the attached Chart comparing the accounts. We know little about Judas, and where he came from. But he held a prominent position amongst the Apostles, being the treasurer, He is Jesus’ familiar friend in whom he trusted, and he sat at one of the chief seats at the Last Supper. Who was he? I think by these scriptures we can see he was from a family that Jesus knew well and considers he close friends. He was brother to Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. The son of a Pharisee named Simon. Which also kind of explains his actions with the Pharisees in connection to the betrayal. He already knew them all, and knew what they were up to. He probably heard their murmurings from his father who wasn’t convinced of who Jesus was.

Like we said it is supposition. We would love to hear your thoughts on this!

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  1. The first books of the New Testament to be written were Matthew and Mark. They both recorded the third and final anointing of Jesus two days before his crucifixion, possibly because they thought it was the most important of the three anointing since it was the only time that Jesus was anointed on his head. Though the woman is not yet identified, she probably will be at some point in time, but even so, it is already true that for nearly two thousand years, “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” (Matt. 26:13, Mark 14:9). This incident, which took place in the home of “Simon the leper” is recorded in Matt. 26:1-13 and Mark 14:1-9–two witnesses for the third anointing.
    Next Luke proposed “to write unto thee in order” [that is in the order in which the events occurred (Luke 1:1-4)]. In Luke 7:35-50 he gave the account of the very first anointing in the home of a Pharisee named Simon. This anointing of the feet of Jesus by a woman identified only as a sinner, was most likely by Mary Magdalene, out of whom was cast seven devils and which is “in order” the next event recorded in Luke 8:1-3 in the past tense. Note that this is 15 chapters before Luke 22 and the time of the Passover. It could not possibly be perceived to be the same week as the crucifixion of Jesus since Luke states in the beginning that he is going to present the events in the book of Luke “in [chronological] order.”
    Finally comes John, who seems to have made an effort to include all of the most important things which the other Gospels left out since he wrote last. He reports the second anointing of Jesus at the home of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus six days before the crucifixion. It is logical to presume that this meal was to celebrate that Lazarus had just been raised from the dead by Jesus. Mary anointed Jesus’ feet [be it noted that Jesus had only praise for this Mary–see Luke 10:39-42 and John 12:7] while her sister Martha, whose house it was, was busy serving, and Lazarus was sitting at the table with Jesus. See John 11:1,2 and John 12:1-9–two witnesses for the second anointing.
    John is the only disciple who identifies Judas Iscariot’s father as a man named Simon in John 12:4, but that statement does not make the house where they were eating the house of Simon the leper, or Simon the Pharisee, or any of the seven other Israelites named Simon in the Bible, if it was Martha’s house as the Scripture says (Luke 10:38).
    I hope I addressed all of the questions above. I do not think that the Scriptures show any family connection between Judas Iscariot, his father Simon, and the family of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Such supposition is unnecessary. The Bible makes it plain that there were three anointings of Jesus.

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  2. Sorry, I can not see three anointings. I cannot even see two!
    I agree with the chart; All four Gospels are talking about the same anointing.
    And we have liberty to disagree.

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