Summary: Twelve secrets of the ALBASTER box



Matthew 26:6

Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

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.

8 But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

10 When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.

11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.

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.

14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

Spikenard Tree

The rose red fragrant ointment made from dried roots and wooly stems of the spikenard plant was favourite perfume of ancients.

A precious oil based ointment. It is transported in an alabaster box to preserve its fragrance. Because it had to be imported from Nepal, it was extremely yet understandably costly. Spikenard was very costly because it took 500,000 crushed nards,(roots) the spikes of a fragrant East Indian plant, to make just one pound.

Believe it or not it's sells today for 25 thousand dinar for an ordinary size bottle.If you add spikenard to any other perfume it enhances it,and gives it enduring power.Doesnt Christ do that for us,he gives us enduring power and enhances our gifts.

Today it is commonly known as “Arabian Oud” and it still the most expensive fragrance in the world, sold according to its levels of strength.The Hebrew root word for nard means light,and Jesus becomes the light of this world.

The Root(of spikenard)is now on the endangered species list, because of the over harvesting and the disappearing Himalayan mountains snow,due to global warming.


Mary's Alabaster Box "Mary’s fragrant offering" was and is the perfume of her worship and adoration poured out upon the Son of God. This expensive offering historically was also given to a daughter by her Jewish parents for her dowery. On her wedding night the perfume was to be poured out upon her husband's feet at the time of the marriage consummation. It was similar to the act of submission performed by Ruth at the instruction of Naomi to Boaz at the treshing floor.

ALABASTER BOX MARY giving her very own dowery was a statement of complete love, devotion and submission.

Mary took a chance by going into a house full of men but she obeyed the Holy Spirit when he directed her to anoint Jesus

by giving all she had. She was also criticised by the disciples for giving Jesus her best. Do not stop obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit even when others speak evil against you. Just remain humble. Offer forgiveness, love them and minister to God with your whole heart. Mary was loving Jesus in abandon worship. Spikenard is sometimes referred to as "Nard". This hardy herb, a member of the Valerian family, grows in the high altitudes of the Himalayas.Jesus is name is far above any other name amen. The part of the plant growing underground has the appearance of a red hairy fibrous spindle root, and is rich in oil. Isnt it ironic that Jesus is given the anointing oil without measure and is also from the root of David.Spikenard was found in the Himalayas which is now called India (Nepal ), spikenard traveled great distances in the ancient world.And Jesus name has been spoken about all over the world


There was a long tradition for carving vessels from radiant alabaster. Graceful cups, bowls and jars were made from this lovely stone, and its use has continued on until this present day. This exquisite jar was probably created to hold ointments or perfumes during the BIBILICAL Age. Even empty, it seems to glow with an inner light, the essence of something rare and wonderful. Christ was emptied out yet he became light of the world and he was not only rare and wonderful,


The ancient alabastron, was the prelude and forerunner to our modern day perfume bottle. Beautifully carved by master craftsmen which originated mostly from Egyptian alabaster mines. There were other places that alabaster was found but the best alabaster came from Egypt. The egyptian alabaster was of a better grade and composed of calcite rather than gypsum.The baby Jesus was also in Egypt for a time.

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