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Summary: Two times Jesus was anointed by other people: one with a pound of ointment & the other with 75 lbs. of ointment (Mary & Nicodemus).One is remembered & the other is not. Why? Mary blessed a living Jesus, Nicodemus a dead Jesus.I t’s better to give a rose

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The Scriptural Soundness of Blessing

October 21, 2012 FBC, Chester Mike Fogerson, Pastor

Introduction

A The time to bless someone is now.

1 Two times Jesus was anointed by other people: one with a pound of ointment & the other with 75 lbs. of ointment (Mary & Nicodemus).

a Now when Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, 7 a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at the table. 8 But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, "Why this waste? 9 "For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor." 10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me. 11 "For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have Me. 12 "For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial. 13 "Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her." Matt 26:6-13 (NASB)

After these things Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but a secret one for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate granted permission. So he came and took away His body. 39 Nicodemus, who had first come to Him by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds weight. 40 So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen wrappings with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. John 19:38-40 (NASB)

b One is remembered & the other is not. Why?

aa Mary, a former prostitute, poured perfume on Jesus’ feet

bb Nicodemus, a member of the Sanhedrin & a secret Christian poured 75-100 lbs. of ointment on Jesus.

c Mary blessed a living Jesus, Nicodemus a dead Jesus.

2 D. L. Moody said, “There is a lesson here. How very kind & thoughtful we are to a family who has lost a member, & what kind words are said after the person is dead & gone. Would it not be better to say a few of those good things before they go? Wouldn’t it be better to give some of your bouquets before a man dies than to go & load down his coffin with them? He cannot enjoy them then.

3 It’s better to give a rose to someone when they are alive than a whole wreath when they are dead.

B Can you recall a time when someone spoke a good word to you that strongly impacted your life?

1 Can you remember doing that for someone else?

2 Your list of 7: Appreciation, acceptance, approval, affection, attention, affirmation, admiration

I How biblical is all this “blessing” stuff?

A The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, & when it was translated into Greek (Septugint LXX), the translators used the Greek work eulogy to translate the Hebrew word bless (barak).

1 In the Old Testament, bless appears 330 times, in the New Testament the word eulogeo & its many forms appear 44 times.

a Jesus used it often

b He practiced blessing & directed His disciples to do the same.


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