Six days before i the Passover, j Jesus therefore came to Bethany, k where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
So they gave a dinner for him there. l Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table.
m Mary therefore took a pound 1 of expensive ointment made from pure nard,
and anointed the feet of Jesus
and wiped his feet with her hair.
The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii 1 and n given to the poor?”
He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and n having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it.
Jesus said, “Leave her alone,
so that she may keep it 1 for the day of my burial.
For the poor you always have with you,
but you do not always have me.”
to be arrested, to accomplish the plan of redemption
on account of his coming death, likely an unintentional prophetic act by Mary which John is making sure we understand as such.
messianic and royal overtones, anointed as king and messiah ||| This prefigures Jesus' washing the feet of the disciples and his extravagant love for those given to him by the Father. The Triumphal Entry is days away.
an ancient saying contextualizes this and is likely John's way of saying that the act will be known throughout the world/history.
Jesus is aware his death is approaching.
March 27th, A.D. 33 (1 week before his crucifixion).
It isn't even his nard! Do not covet.
Mark notes that it is on account of this relatively innocuous rebuke that Judas decides to betray Jesus.
$60k-$100k in today's dollars. She gave all she had. Her humility and extravagant gift demonstrate this.