MARK 14:1-11

Verse of the Week

But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me.” [Mark 14: 6]

The Big Picture

In this passage we see Mary come before Jesus and give her first and best in worship to the Lord. We also see Judas who is criticizing Mary by saying you could have given to the poor with what that expensive oil cost. Judas was worried about himself and something that he would gain. Mary was worried about nothing but surrendering to true worship before her Lord Jesus. Mary shows us what worship looks like. Mary was devoted to worshiping Jesus.

Main Points

Mary was completely devoted to Jesus while Judas was devoted to self. We see a true heart for the Lord displayed in the reaction of Mary in this story. When Mary saw Jesus sit at the table she immediately came before Him. It didn’t matter who was in the room or what was going on. Mary truly knew Jesus and her relationship with Him determined what she did. Her relationship with Jesus determined who she was. She shows part of that in giving her first and best to Him in this moment. Judas looked at this and said Mary, you could have sold this oil and given money to the poor as he and the others criticized her. Jesus immediately defended Mary because he knew her heart. We are reminded that it’s not about what we do as much as it is about who we are. Jesus wants our hearts much more than our actions. Jesus knew the heart of Judas and  Mary. He knew that Mary anointed him with the oil out of a heart for Him and His glory and Judas was only looking out for his own gain and would soon betray him. So are we devoted to God or self? Are we surrendering our hearts and lives to Jesus giving him our first and best? Not because we want to earn anything but purely because we understand who Jesus is and what He has done. Do our lives show people that Jesus is our Lord and Savior?

Question Bank

  1. How has your week been spiritually?

  2. What is God teaching you in this passage?

  3. What are some of the obvious observations from this passage?

  4. Whose approval do you seek?

  5. What qualities can we take and learn from Mary in this passage?

  6. Does Jesus get your first and best? Why or why not?

  7. What is robbing you of worship and devotion to God?

  8. How can you grow in your worship this week?

  9. Who can you invite to church or Connect group next week?