You might be comfortable with the stories of Jesus being blessed with oil when perusing the Gospels. Perusing the records in the diverse books could undoubtedly prompt believe that they allude to a similar example, yet nearer examination demonstrates that there are, indeed, three distinct circumstances recorded when this happened.
Two of the cases where Jesus is blessed with oil happen in the days preceding His torturous killing. Is there any hugeness to him being blessed under these circumstances?
The two events
Close investigation of the records of Jesus being blessed with oil before entering Jerusalem uncovers that there are two separate events.
In the book of John, we read about the occasion six days preceding Passover.
Six days before the Passover, Jesus along these lines came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a supper for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those leaning back with him at the table.
Mary in this way took a pound of costly treatment produced using unadulterated nard, and blessed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was loaded with the scent of the aroma.
However, Judas Iscariot, one of his supporters (he who was going to sell out him), stated, “Why was this treatment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people?” He said this, not on account of he thought about poor people, but rather in light of the fact that he was a criminal, and having charge of the moneybag he used to take what was put into it.
Jesus stated, “Allow her to sit unbothered with the goal that she may keep it for the day of my internment. For the poor you generally have with you, however, you don’t generally have me.” John 12:1-8
Perusing the record in Mark, the blessing with oil happens four days after the fact and only 2 days before the Passover. This time, occasions occur in the place of Simon the untouchable.
It was presently two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. What’s more, the central ministers and the copyists were looking for how to capture him by stealth and murder him, for they stated, “Not amid the devour, keeping in mind that there be a hullabaloo from the general population.”
And keep in mind that he was at Bethany in the place of Simon the pariah, as he was leaning back at the table, a lady accompanied an alabaster cup of salve of unadulterated nard, exorbitant, and she broke the jar and poured it over his head.
In any case, Jesus stated, “Allow her to sit unbothered. For what reason do you inconvenience her? She has completed a delightful thing to me. For you generally have the poor with you, and at whatever point you need, you can do bravo. Be that as it may, you won’t generally have me. She has done what she might; she is able to have blessed my body in advance for internment. What’s more, genuinely, I say to you, wherever the gospel is declared in the entire world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” Mark 14:1-9
So what’s going on
In the two examples, we can see that same unadulterated nard aroma is being utilized (see commentary), however, the application is unique. In the main case, the oil is rubbed into the feet of Jesus and in the second, it is poured over his head. An inconspicuous, yet a noteworthy distinction.
A portion of those present was not glad that costly aroma worth over a year’s wage was being squandered instead of being sold and given to poor people. So they reprimanded her brutally.
Accordingly, Jesus instructed them to allow her to sit unbothered and declared that she had completed a lovely thing to him. The poor you will dependably have with you and you can help them whenever you need, however you won’t generally have Me. She did what she could, pouring aroma on His body in advance to get ready Jesus for His entombment.
In the two occurrences, regardless of whether Jesus was rubbed on His feet or oil poured on His head with this unadulterated nard, the barrier that Jesus gave was that the individual doing it was setting him up for his entombment.
Understanding the way of life
There is something occurring here that is more evident to Hebrew individuals that it is to us. In that culture, it was friendly in the event that you had a visitor in your home, to give water in a bowl to them to wash their feet as they will have recently strolled through the dusty byways of Israel. To that water, you would add beads of scent to give a charming fragrance, yet not to be inefficient in the sum that you include on the grounds that in the Torah you were ordered not to be inefficient.
The rabbis had chosen that when you are commending somebody going to your home it is alright to utilize aroma, however, it isn’t alright to utilize unadulterated nard. Why? Since this supposedly was a waste, so in the event that you were squandering assets then you were abusing a charge of the Torah.
How does Jesus safeguard the two cases? He says that they are not rubbing the unadulterated nard on My feet and pouring it on My go to observe Me; they’re utilizing unadulterated nard on My feet and head as a demonstration of grieving for My internment. So He shields them by saying this isn’t a demonstration of festivity and cheering. This is a demonstration of grieving, and since it’s a demonstration of grieving it fits in with the law.
Jesus was known as a Master of Haggadah which was an educator with anecdotes and distinctive stories. The greater part of Jesus’ stories uncovered certainties about kingdom individuals thus we will end up in this story.
Picking the Passover sheep
Passover sheep were picked six days ahead of time. This enabled them to be gotten, regularly into the family home and reviewed for five days. They were assessed to guarantee that they were free from flaw, including the legs, lower legs, and feet, as they are effectively harmed or set apart in the rough slopes. Now, the would take the blessing oil and rub it into the lower legs and feet, precede them being assessed for a further 5 days.
So six days before the Passover, Jesus is at somebody’s home in Bethany and He is blessed for internment by having unadulterated nard rubbed on His feet and lower legs. That was His first blessing preceding His execution.
The second blessing happens two days before Passover. The Passover sheep was blessed this second time on their make a beeline for declaring that they were free from sickness or flaw. This is as opposed to the first run through which was on their feet six days prior. The head of Jesus was blessed two days before He was executed and was an indication that He was well, without ailment or deformity.
The main Passover sheep blessing was on the feet six days before Passover; the second blessing was on the head two days prior, and after that, the Passover sheep were relinquished on Passover (which is Nissan 14) from the ninth hour.
We read that following His second blessing, Jesus and the twelve supporters come back to Jerusalem from Bethany on the following day, to share of the Passover dinner. This was trailed by His capture, trial, and execution the next day when Jesus kicked the bucket around the ninth hour, around 3 pm, which was a similar evening that the Passover sheep were killed.