Mark 14:6 “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.”
I read this morning the above verse in the account of the woman anointing Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume. If you read the entire account, Mark 14:1-9, it seems that the atmosphere at the time of her offering was charged with negativity and judgment. You know the kind that takes place obviously, but supposed to be secret? Whispering, murmuring around the room under their breath, the disciples supposed no one took notice of their discontent. This woman’s offering to Jesus provoked them, they were immediately offended.
“Why not sell it?” They queried.
“Why not give the proceeds to the poor?“ A noble gesture, they reasoned must be more acceptable to God instead of this waste of expensive perfume.
No matter that the perfume was the giver’s possession to use as she felt, why did the disciples feel justified to tell her how to offer her gift? Was it not hers to give how she felt led to give it? Obviously she got something right as to this day, even today as I write about her, her offering stands tall in scripture.
She must have had something right in her heart when she offered to anoint Jesus’ feet with this perfume. Jesus thought so and let them know His feelings in asking, “Why trouble her?”
Offending Your Mind
I heard a preacher once say that, “God will offend your mind to reveal what is in your heart.” I’ve found that to be true in my own life on many occasions. In the case of offering, why does what someone else gives bother me? What has given me the right to dictate how or what someone offers to the Lord? I might not give in the same manner as others do, however, they don’t give as I do. Ought not we celebrate the diversity we have in the family of God rather than tearing it down at every chance we get?
While the outward reasonings of the disciples might have appeared to be noble, if you go on to read the account that takes place directly after this anointing, you’ll find Judas speaking with religious leaders. He wanted to get money in exchange for the life of the Son of God.
It seems to me that Jesus had already caught Judas on other occasions taking money inappropriately (Judas was their treasurer see John 12:16). It might have been this last act was too much for Judas to bear. Perhaps he felt “ripped off” when he realized Jesus wasn’t going to bestow great riches and honor on the disciples. It might be that he felt he needed an “out” in order to get what he could while “the getting was good.”
Whatever Judas’ reasoning was, it was false, and it led to his demise (Judas hung himself see Matt. 27:1-10).
Judas’ fear of missing out on what he thought was his “due,” cost him his life. Imagine what his life could have been had his desire for money not overtaken him? He could have been part of a church that “turned the world upside down” (see Acts 17:6). Instead, his drive for his “due,” to get what was owed him for his service, drove him away from an amazing possibility.
Money can always be replaced, but it’s impossible to replace our lives that are intended to be lived for the Kingdom.
So, why trouble her? The offering is hers to give.