Summary: What is in your Alabaster Box? What will you lie at the feet of the LORD?
Word In Due Season (http://www.treeoflifeinc.org/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=41)
Pastor Eric Aschendorf
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Matt 26:2, 6-13
Mat 26:2 Ye know that after two days is [the feast of] the Passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
Mat 26:6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
Mat 26:7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat [at meat].
Mat 26:8 But when his disciples saw [it], they had indignation, saying, To what purpose [is] this waste?
Mat 26:9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
Mat 26:10 When Jesus understood [it], he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.,br/> Mat 26:11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
Mat 26:12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did [it] for my burial.
Mat 26:13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, [there] shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.
As we know the elements of nature can dry out the skin. Wind beating upon it or the sun can dry it out and cause it to crack and bleed. Therefore in the Middle East the use of oils for the treatment of the skin is vital.
In the case of Mary and JESUS we see Mary anointing JESUS. She is said to be preparing HIM for HIS death and burial. Keep this in you mind as we will come back to this later!
Let me lay a simple foundation first!
Throughout the Bible The HOLY SPIRIT is expressed in various ways. To give only a few, HE can be expressed as oil, or water or wind. The Hebrew word for “spirit” is “ruwach” and it means, “wind or breath”. In the Chaldean it may also be defined as mind, spirit or wind. While in the Greek it is “pneuma” from which in English we derive the word pneumatic and it means among other things in the Greek “a current of air such as to breath, or a breeze”. So with that said, when we talk about The HOLY SPIRIT we are talking about the breath or wind or the mind that is HOLY or coming from GOD.
Turn with me in your Bibles to Gen 22! Gen 22:7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here [am] I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where [is] the lamb for a burnt offering?
Gen 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
Gen 22:9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
Gen 22:10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
Gen 22:11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here [am] I.
Gen 22:12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only [son] from me.,br/> Gen 22:13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind [him] a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
Gen 22:14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh (The LORD your provider): as it is said [to] this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.
Note the ram in verse 13. Jewish Traditional teachings uphold that in order for Abraham to free this ram to be used in the sacrifice he had to cut both of the horns off. They contend that one of the horns is still kept in Jerusalem to this day and that the other one was taken by an angel to Heaven to be used as a trumpet or Shofar and sounded at the time of The MESSIAH’s coming!
In Exodus we find GOD’s voice also described as being like a trumpet or Shofar.
Exd 19:13 There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether [it be] beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.