Ralph's Daily Devotional - Wednesday, March 21

John 12:1-8 is yet another plant-themed passage that this time deals with an exotic flowering herb found in China and India referred to as "nard."  It is also referred to as muskroot or spikenard, and in its purist form, as it is in this text, it is quite expensive.  The average worker in New Testament times made about 25 cents a day.  The nard poured on Jesus would be equivalent to 400 dollars at that time, or a years's wages!

The Mary that is referred to here was the sister of Martha and Lazarus (whom Jesus raised from the dead).  They were close friends of our Lord.  Mary, sensing that Jesus was nearing His mission as He prepared His final Palm Sunday entrance in Jerusalem, was anointed as a symbol of her recognition of His being both messiah and Lord.  Doing so on her knees and with her hair was an act of humility and reverence.  What are you willing to sacrifice for our Lord?

Judas saw only the waste of a financial treasure house in her doing so, and suffered a rebuke from Jesus.

In another text we are told that Judas often stole money from the offering that was given to Jesus.  His coveting of wealth no doubt was both his motivation and demise.

Here is some spikenard that you can purchase.  It's a far cry from the pure form used by Mary, but it looks cool:

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