Posted by: Candace
Matthew 26:6-13 KJV
"Now when YashaYah (Jesus) was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 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. But when His disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. When YashaYah (Jesus) understood it, He said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon Me. For ye have the poor always with you; but Me ye have not always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on My body, she did it for My burial. 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."
According to the KJV Dake annotated reference bible, an alabaster box is "made of soft white marble of various shapes and sizes, called alabastra. It is made in and named for Alabastron in Egypt. This is where soft marble is found. Alabaster is a mineral stone of lime used to ornament buildings and make vases and small bottles.
The ointment that was inside the box cost three hundred pence. 300 pence = $51 = 300 days of labor. A pence = 17 cents a day. The ointment of spikenard was very precious. Spikenard comes from 2 Greek words; Nardos (a variety of bearded grass from India in which the fragrant oil is extracted). The second Greek word; pistikos (pure, faithful, genuine).
So, one can see why the disciples were in such an uproar about her pouring out such an expensive ointment.
The woman with the alabaster box was named Mary. She was not Mary Magdalene as many think. This Mary was from Nain and known as a sinner there. However, it does not particularly say what type of sin she was associated with.
She didn't literally break the entire box open to get the oil. More like she broke the seal to open the box in order to anoint.
I will reference the Dake bible again, "Eastern people reclined on couches at meals with the feet outward behind them. She came back of YashaYah (Jesus) and shed tears on His feet. This was a custom among the Jews, Greeks, and Romans. It was a mark of affection and reverence. It was practiced by supplicants in making an important request and by conquered people as a token of subjection and obedience. This was the first of three anointings of YashaYah (Jesus)." This piece of information will help one understand the next set of bible verses and why the woman, the alabaster box, and the ointment are all very important.
Luke 7:37-50 KJV
"And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that YashaYah (Jesus) sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden Him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if He were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth Him: for she is a sinner. And YashaYah (Jesus) answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And He said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And He turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest Me no water for My feet: but she hath washed My feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest Me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss My feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed My feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And He said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with Him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And He said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace."