A year’s worth of wages in perfume. I know, try to process that again, A YEAR’S WORTH OF WAGES IN PERFUME!
But why would someone have that much value tied up in perfume? Why wouldn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? That’s the same question Judas asked.
Who’s Judas? One of the 12 dudes who Jesus called disciples.
When Mary poured out a year’s worth of wages in perfume on Jesus I can understand why Judas would question this behavior. That’s a lot of money in perfume.
But Judas didn’t ask this because he was concerned with serving the poor. Judas was the keeper of the money bag and see Judas also was a thief and would help himself to what was put into the money bag. (John 12:6)
As always Jesus knew what he was up to and said, “Leave her alone. It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE POOR AMONG YOU, BUT YOU WILL NOT ALWAYS HAVE ME.”
Not surprising that those behaviors and characteristics Judas had would lead to Judas selling his Master’s life aka big man upstairs aka Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Sold out for 30 pieces of silver.
Jesus’ response doesn’t teach us to ignore the poor so we can spend money extravagantly. Unfortunately we will always have a culture that has a poor mindset.
But instead to glorify Him in all of our purchases both large and small. Be creative. Enjoy rejoicing.
And maybe think twice before your thoughts begin to be used to speculate on someone’s spending behaviors. If you knew how much they gave you may be speechless.
Give, save, live.