The Anointings of JesusFeb 23rd, 2010 | By admin | 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?
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!