Mark 14 Commentary

vv.1-2

“Passover commemorated the liberation of the nation from Egypt, when God sent a plague that took the lives of the Egyptians’ firstborn.  The Israelites were spared by dabbing their doorways with the blood of a slaughtered lamb.  Many in Jesus’ day saw this first deliverance as the model for their final liberation.  Pilgrims came to commemorate this event filled with hopes and expectations that the messiah would eventually come to deliver Israel from foreign oppression and economic misery during the night of Passover.”[1]

v.3

“The woman’s extravagant act exhorts devotion and love for Christ.  Her gesture displays the proper personal devotion of the disciple toward Jesus…  The anonymous woman is the antithesis of the disciple who will betray his master for whatever money the priests will give him and those tightfisted bystanders who mouth pious clichés about giving to the poor but take no action.”[2]

vv.6-9

“Jesus announces that this woman’s devotion will be remembered wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world.  People will understand more clearly what her act of pouring out precious perfume on Jesus’ head means when they recognize that he poured out his blood for the many.  Jesus announcement also affirms that the gospel will be preached to all the nations.”[3]

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