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Nisan 9 and A Fine Thing

March 29, 2015

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Nisan 9

While Jesus was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman with an alabaster jar of costly perfumed oil approached him, and she began pouring it on his head as he was dining. On seeing this, the disciples became indignant and said: “Why this waste? For this could have been sold for a great deal of money and given to the poor.” Aware of this, Jesus said to them: “Why do you try to make trouble for the woman? She did a fine deed toward me. For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. When she put this perfumed oil on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. Truly I say to you, wherever this good news is preached in all the world, what this woman did will also be told in memory of her.”

Matthew 26:6-13

The last week of Jesus’ life on earth begins. Nisan is the name of this month in the Hebrew calendar, and Jesus and the apostles are planning to be in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover on Nisan 14. They stay first in Bethany, a small village 2 miles from Jerusalem, where Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha live. (See map below) Today, Nisan 9, Jesus visits the house of Simon, a former leper and here Mary pours the genuine nard on the head and feet of Jesus. Nard was a valuable aromatic ointment or oil. It was worth about a year’s wages and served as a good investment in those times. It has also been suggested that it may have been Mary’s dowry. Judas and the other apostles “become indignant” at Mary. The disciples say it could have been sold and the money given to the poor. Judas, entrusted with caring for the common finances of Jesus and the 12. was already stealing from the money box and likely thought he could have had access to this asset too. (John 12:6) But Jesus tells them all to leave her alone. Mary’s actions were done out of love and regard for Jesus and he indicated that in reality they signified the preparation for his death and burial so near at hand.

You can read this account in the book, “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived”, a chronological narrative of the life of Jesus. You can download the book, or listen to the audio HERE. To download the book, select the “page” icon, and choose epub or pdf. To listen to today’s account, select the “headphones” icon and scroll down to Chapter 101, “At Bethany in the House of Simon”.

Jesus did several other important things on this day. You can see these and the related scriptures on the image below. If you have a New World Translation – Revised Edition, you’ll find this at the back in Appendix B12.

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The Vintage Butterfly Postage Stamps will be available from Juno’s Place.

The full-sized 5.5″ envelope is included in the card download.

Can you tell which of my kits from last year it coordinates with?

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Thanks again, Ann, for letting me know about the  problem with 4shared.

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