TOPIC: CHOOSING THE GOOD PART (2)
BIBLE TEXT: Mark 14:3-9, John 11:2
Introduction: We thank God for bringing us to another time of learning and sharing. Last week we looked at the lives of two women who are also sisters- Mary and Martha. The Lord Jesus Christ in Luke 10:38-42 commended Mary for choosing the good part, while Martha was chastened for being distracted with too much. Today, we will take another look at Mary and learn more about her life and her passion for her Saviour.
May the Lord by His Spirit minister to us today, so that we can always chose the right part in life in Jesus name. As always, we encourage you be to be real, practical and down to earth as we share together.
- The passage opens up with the Lord Jesus Christ in the house of Simon the leper. What does this tell us about the kind of person our Saviour is? (Luke19:10)
- In Verse 7, Mary approached the Lord with her alabaster box, broke it and poured the fragrant oil in it on His head? Considering the significance of the alabaster box to every young Jewish girl, what was the significance of this action by Mary? What does this portray about her heart towards the Lord? (Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27, 2 Thess. 2:15)
- Some of the disciples saw what she did and were irritated (verse 8-9). What does response from the disciples tell us about what to expect from people (even seemingly religious ones), when we take certain steps of faith? How should we react in times like these? (Rom. 8:1, 1 Peter 4:14)
- What did the Lord Jesus Christ mean, when He said ‘For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial?” (verse 12). How did Mary know Jesus was getting ready to die, and what can we as women learn from this?
He also noted that “what she did will be told as a memorial for her” (verse 13). What steps can we take in life to do things that we will be remembered for long after we are gone?
In conclusion: We trust God you have had a wonderful time in His presence today. Next month, by God’s grace we shall continue this series on ‘CHOOSING THE GOOD PART’. We shall look deeper at the lives of these two women (most especially Mary).