Good Monday morning. In today's section of Scripture we discover Jesus doesn't always view the world through bottom line functionality through a woman's unexpected act. Allow the truth of this account work through your life today-have a great start of the week! - Joey
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What is one thing you are looking forward to in this new week? What is one thing you are feeling overwhelmed about in the upcoming week?
_ What is one way you see Jesus working in the lives of those you are walking with?
_ Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER [ Mark 13.1-9 ] It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him, 2 for they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people.” 3 And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. 4 There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? 5 For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. 6 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. 8 She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. 9 And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
_ What is the background of the passage in vs. 1-2?
_ What happens while Jesus is at Bethany in vs. 3?
_ How did some people respond to the woman's act in vs. 4-5?
_ What did they do to this woman in the last part of vs. 5?
_ What is the beautiful thing that she does to Jesus in vs. 6, 7 and 8?
_ How does Jesus' description of what she did in vs. 8 relate to Mark's broader theme?
_ What truth do we learn about Jesus in this passage?
+ HOW does this passage convict you of an area of sin in your life and how does Jesus unconditional love for this woman (and her love for him) lead you to respond in obedience today? (Consider areas you are living judgmental or not understanding beauty, what is one area of your life Jesus wants to change in you)
+ WHO in your life are you intentionally walking with that you might share what you learned with today? (e.g., family, friends, co-workers or neighbors you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)