Matthew 26 – 28
- Verse 7: ‘a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table.’ Again ‘it’ and ‘at the table’ is in italics, so of course I’m going to make assumptions that they have a bigger meaning. When it comes to ‘it,’ I naturally, think that the oil isn’t just oil, but anointing oil (if that makes sense). The woman poured it on Jesus’ head – that’s the normal procedure when you are anointing someone and I think this is what they used to do, to those that would become Kings in the Old Testament. Samuel did this to both Saul and David – 1st Samuel 9, 10 and 16. It showed Jesus’ authority and who He was, and the fact that ‘at the table’ is highlighted. I feel like it could be linked back to Jesus sitting at the ‘right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven.’ – Hebrews 8:1 (other examples include Matthew 26:64, Mark 14:62, Luke 22:69, Ephesians 1:20, etc)
- Verse 8 – the disciples complain or you could say, they show off their humanely wisdom and scold the woman, saying she should have sold the oil and given it to the poor. Of course, Jesus sets them straight, laying down some truth. This reminds me of when Peter rebuked Jesus, when Jesus was telling them about how He would be crucified and humiliated. The disciples cannot see the bigger picture. They are not in tune with the God’s plan, so they only see things according to human wisdom and we all know that we cannot see the future, let alone remember every detail of our past.
- Verse 12 – Did some research on how oil is used in burial, since I believed Jesus was being anointed, but it’s not like I understand Jewish customs, so it could have a whole different meaning…
- Yes! The oils are used for anointing and preparing the body. Things that I want to research is what frankincense and myrrh represent, since those where two gifts given to Jesus as a baby, and apparently those are two essential oils/spices used when anointing dead bodies. Continuing! The oils are used to prepare and purify the dead/body. Can we assume that Jesus is not only being anointed as King, but he is being purified, made blameless before God, as He prepares Himself to carry all the past, present and future sins ever committed?
- Verse 15 – A lot of people might think, ‘how can Judas have sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, (apparently this was the cost of a slave in King Solomon’s time). Jesus, the Son of David, Son of Man, Son of God, the Messiah, sold the same price of a slave. How could Judas do this, with him seeing all that Jesus could do, hearing all that Jesus preached? I mean was Judas not there when Jesus confirmed that He was the Messiah?’ Where am I going with this… It’s so easy to ask the right questions and be shocked that someone could do this, but it’s very easy for us to do the same as Judas, maybe not to the same extent, but we could easily sell away our destiny because of earthly things. We could give up something that is so much worthwhile the long run, for something that will benefit us quickly but not long-standing. Too many things we have replaced Jesus with, just for a quick high.
- Side note – Judas must have been a great actor… how are you gonna sit at that table and also pretend to be shocked about Jesus ousting you out? The nerve to even say, ‘Lord, is it I?’ with a straight face as well. Man knows when to act, which is scary, because people can be pretending to be for you and you won’t even know.
- I feel like Jesus knew that it was Judas, but He was giving him the chance to confess and say that it was him that was going to betray Jesus. I mean of course, Jesus would still be crucified, but it might not have been through Judas’ hand. It may have been Jesus’ plan to relieve Judas from the burden that would come after he had carried out such deed. We know that it eventually affects Judas, since he commits suicide, when he recognises what he has done.
- Verse 25 – (Don’t get too much.) Judas actually ask Jesus, if he was the one to betray Jesus (which is a stupid question to ask) and Jesus replies, ‘You have said it.’ Was Jesus confirming, that Judas has already betrayed him in his heart? I mean Judas still had the chance to confess, but maybe the fact that he had the nerve to ask Jesus whether he would be the one to betray Him, rather than say the truth, meant that in his heart, he had already sold Jesus for money???
- Side note – Abraham, Isaac, lamb, sacrifice a feels like it links with Verse 28
- Didn’t know they sung hymns, but I just remembered that David liked to sing and dance
- Peter enjoys opening his mouth and getting into trouble. Verse 33 – was it pride that caused Peter to say those things? Is it similar to that situation where the disciples where fighting for who would be greater or who would sit at the right/left hand of Jesus?
- Verse 38 – Just reminds you that Jesus was human. He suffers emotionally like we do and He also tries to gain comfort from those that surrounded Him.
- I like Jesus. He states His issue, but He tells the Father, that His will should be done, nonetheless. There are times, when we tell God what to do, but sometimes our plans will completely deter us from what God has in store for us and that usually leads to trouble.
- I will aim to be a good friend, that when there is a time for prayer, I will help them, however, we know that the disciples have only good thoughts for Jesus and wouldn’t purposely sleep/not pray on His behalf. In the end, Jesus ends up praying on His own. We cannot rely on others to do what we are supposed to do. We must be strong enough, to approach God by ourselves and to pray earnestly, not waiting for others to do so on our behalf. Intercessory prayers can only go so far, if you are just waiting on someone else to take the lead.
- I feel like Judas didn’t learn anything event though he was in Jesus presence most of the time. He still called Jesus, ‘Rabbi’ even though Jesus didn’t like to be called Rabbi/Teacher. So many people are like this. They go to church/hear the Word/surrounded by God-fearing Christians, and yet, the fire has not been ignited in their souls?! Why is this? Are their hearts made of stone? Not responsive to the Holy Spirit?
- Jesus never outright says certain things. He just says ‘It is as you said.’ I do wonder what He is thinking or why He says that?
- Peter was following Jesus from the distance. How many of us, follow God, live our Christian lives from the distance? We know who we believe and follow, but just to be safe in the world, we stay a distance, so that they can’t harm us. But the fact is, Peter was recognised easily even from the distance. When you become a Christian, you can’t hide that light from the world. Matthew 5:15 – ‘No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.’ Even the way he talked, people could recognise that he was Jesus’ disciple. As we grow in Christ, there will be changes in our nature, we are taking on God’s DNA, deepening our relationship with God, becoming His family and people will notice, whether it be by our actions, behaviour or blessings.
- If you noticed, Peter had to revert back. He had to start cursing and swearing when it came to denying Jesus. The further we move away from God, the further our nature digresses. It no longer becomes of God, because we are denying Him. Even through trials and tribulation, we must move forward with God, because we won’t like where we are when we backslide, even Peter wept bitterly when he noticed what he had done.
- It might have been scary to follow Jesus and be his support, or even be punished for being His disciple, but we know the God we serve and I honestly believe that Peter would have been in a higher position if he had stayed by Jesus side. This is the same Jesus that died and rose again 3 days later?!
- I wasn’t going to use this as evidence, but I feel like maybe I can and you guys can interpret it. Acts 7:54-60, tells us the story of the Stephen who is stoned for proclaiming the Gospel and Jesus. At the end it says he looked to the heavens and said, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit,’ and that he went to sleep. For some time, I had believed that he didn’t feel anything, even though he was stoned – so I learnt that I need to read more of my bible, before I just assume things – it just says that he went to sleep, some say that it was a peaceful sleep, my bible says sleep. Can I assume that Jesus got him through this and that Peter would have been able to get through it, if he had gone along with Jesus, I don’t know?
- Verse 18 – ‘For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy.’ Pilate didn’t know much about Jesus and yet he could see that it was jealously that drove the priests to attempt to kill Jesus. People don’t have to know you well, to see the Glory of God in your life. They don’t have to know you well, to see that you are a Christian.
- Lol. Humanity can be stupid. Barabbas has a bad rep and yet they want to release him, whilst Jesus who has gone about doing good things, healing, exorcising, raising the dead, etc, THEY WANT DEAD. Is it in our nature to love evil more than good? Well not anymore, Jesus has done it all for us, for ME! The priests were truly threatened, because they could have easily ignored Him and declared Him a madman. I mean, the rest of the community look up to the priests and they would have obeyed to a certain extent, so why kill Jesus. In their hearts, they must have known He was the real deal. I mean, they went really far, to get rid of Him. The bible is just a small extract of what they did to Jesus. They must have plotted, schemed and gossiped so much, that more than 3 chapters would appear in the bible, if they decided to add it in.
- I used to be proud of Pontius Pilate, because he wanted to wash his hand off, of the whole situation, but now it seems to be a bad thing. If he knew that they were just envious, his wife just warned him about her dreams and you, yourself have declared Jesus innocent, then why still put Him up for crucifixion? We see things and we know that it is incorrect, but yet, since it has nothing to do with us or it won’t have an impact in our lives, we wash it off. We say, ‘not my business, not my problem.’ There are times, when I agree with this, but there are times when God is calling us to do the right thing and step up. The fact that Pilate’s wife dreamt about Jesus or her spirit was disturbed, meant that they may have been called to do something.
- Verse 38 – Jesus was crucified as a sinner – I want to connect the dots… Ultimate sacrifice for sin. Wow.
- Verse 51 – The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split
- The devil is a liar
- I encourage you guys to read this by yourself, it’s an amazing life story that I cannot study, just read and imagine how everyone felt undergoing this whole shenanigans
- To some this may sound un-Christian-like, to others, they may think this is a big deal… So I’ve started watching a programme called Supernatural, some of you may know it and I am enjoying it. I do think that the episode would be cut short, if they just yelled out Jesus and I’m still baffled how guns and salt do damages to ghosts. I love when they throw holy water at the demons though, I’m always yelling ‘JESUS.’ Anyway, I’ve started season 4 of the programme and we’ve been introduced to angels that I’ve never heard of before. This is where I am going!
- I’m completely standing by the ‘if I haven’t read it in the bible, then I’m not going to believe it, unless God tells me.’ There are so many angel names out there that I have never read in my bible and so many functions that they have, that my bible hasn’t told me. I would love to read the Jewish Torah and see if they have some angel names in them, but the fact that I haven’t even touched the minor prophets, the 40-day challenge is actually a challenge, means I’ll probably read it when I’m 50. What I hope I am trying to say is, don’t just accept all this angel things. It’s either in the programme or maybe I read it somewhere, that people worship angels?! Why are you worshipping angels? Revelation 22, read the whole thing (it is shorter than I thought it would be), an angel comes to John and says, ‘No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers the prophets, as well as all who obey what is written in this book. Worship only God!’ An angel is telling John not to worship him, only God. I’m so happy that during my tween years, I didn’t go through that ‘archangel Raphael help my stomach’ phase.
- In the end, I am still learning, I don’t know how to respond to the whole angel thing. All I know is, that I am not supposed to worship them. I see them as a friend, a colleague. I don’t believe in bossing them around and I don’t even mention them tbh. I always go to God. Angels don’t move without God’s consent, so why go to them? When God is the one that holds the key, that has the power, that sees you for all you are. Note, I don’t believe in being disrespectful. These are the same creatures that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Apparently they are really tall, like 8-foot tall, that’s what my friend told me. One day I want to see one (without my eyes burning away). Would be so cool!
- These elders are crafty and I repeat the devil is a liar. Your men come with the truth and you want to hide it? Well, I rebuke you. Your lies did not prevail.
- Since the bible is a love letter to us, I think I’m going to change up Verse 18-20. A great way to end Matthew and enter Mark:
‘All authority has been given to Jesus in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that Jesus has commanded us; and lo, Jesus is with us always, even to the end of the age.’ AMEN!