Personal stuff – Mark 14 Mary anointing Jesus

Thursday, April 21, 2005
Today I was reading Mark 14 about Mary anointing Jesus, and had a few thoughts.

In V. 4 when Judas complains about the oil being wasted – that word for wasted means perdition. Later on Jesus will call Judas the son of perdition.

I have found that in many situations there is a “ring leader” for a cause. And then people follow the ring leader. Sometimes the ring leader has a hidden agenda, and the people who follow the cause are sincere in what they are saying.

It is evident in this that Judas speaks about the waste of money, that the oil could be better spent on the poor. But the hidden agenda of Judas is that he kept the moneybag, and was a thief, so it meant that the lavish worship that Mary poured out on Jesus did not grease Judas’ pockets.

Yet the disciples heard the external words of Judas and agreed, that maybe the money could have been used differently, but they did not know Judas’ hidden agenda.

I have to keep remembering that there are many reasons behind some of the “good” causes that have nothing to do with the cause.

One other teaching that I heard awhile back is that when you worship at the feet of Jesus you come away with the fragrance of Jesus. Mary’s hair would hold the smell of the oil that she used to anoint Jesus. That would linger on her for some time.

I have to admit, I am pretty bad about hidden agendas in people. I tend to take things at face value, and am pretty transparent. So often I get fooled by things people say to me.

Thank you for all your prayers and your birthday wishes. I am so blessed to have you as friends.

I am having fun for the next few weeks. Twice a year I get to go into the middle school and help kids in a sewing class. Usually with the preliminary worksheets and getting their “sewing license” so that they can use the machines. It is a pleasure to work with these kids, and the ones I usually get are the ones who can use a positive word of encouragement. So I am asking prayer that I can say the right things to these children. Already I have my eye set on a few, one girl named Katie who told me that her doctor told her she would have to have a hip replacement before she was 30, and two boys who feel that they will never be able to do the work. I haven’t seen all the kids in the classes yet, but I so look forward to meeting them. It is so seldom that a parent gets to get into a classroom to help once the children hit middle school and high school. I jump at every opportunity.


About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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