ANOINTING THE DEAD-1
Mark 16:1 “And when the sabbath was past Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.”
Our focal scripture opened with these three women who had brought sweet spices to anoint the body of Jesus. The Bible says they came after the Sabbath, in order words after the normal Sunday service, if we compare it to our contemporary days.
I don’t know what they heard in church but I’m not sure they were told to go anoint the dead. It was customary of the Jews to anoint the dead before burial with what was called “the spices of the dead”; but they were not permitted to do it on the Sabbath. It was a cultural stuff that can’t help the dead.
Meanwhile, Jesus had already told them he will arise on the third day which was the day after Sabbath, so their coming to anoint his dead body simply shows they didn’t believe what he said about his resurrection.
The dead had no use for expensive perfumes so Jesus rose from the dead before they got there, to let us know that he doesn’t need those spices inside the grave. What’s the use of anointing a body that will still decay on the long run?
Friend, here is the gist: Be weary of people who want to anoint or give you a thumbs up when you’re decaying! Run away from people who are always ready to sing your praises to the highest heaven when in actual sense you don’t deserve it. Run away from flatterers and those that will pamper your errors and misdeeds!
Quickly arise from that problem before men bring permanence to it. Hear this:
Mark 16:1 “When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so they could embalm him.” (MSG)
Their intension was to embalm him. Dictionary defines embalmment as an act of treating a dead body with a preservative substance in order to stop it from decaying.
To be continued…
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