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This would be a wonderful feast to join in, wouldn't it?! At least for the men. Seems it is alright for a woman to prepare and serve the meal but not to participate:
...Martha directed the serving of the food; her sister Mary was among the women onlookers as it was against the custom of the Jews for a woman to sit at a public banquet.... (1878.5) 172:1.2
The guest of honor is savoring his last hours in the flesh with the kiddos:
... Jesus was exceptionally cheerful and had been playing with the children up to the time of coming to the table.... (1879.2) 172:1.4
From today's reading:
...Jesus talked with Simon about Joshua of old, whose namesake he was.... (1879.1) 172:1.3
Joshua's name appears almost 200 times in the Bible, he has his own book full of war and strife. The wall shouted down fable is in chapter 6:
20 So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
A Melchizedek mentions him in Paper 95:
...Desperately Joshua sought to hold the concept of a supreme Yahweh in the minds of the tribesmen, causing it to be proclaimed: “As I was with Moses, so will I be with you; I will not fail you nor forsake you.” Joshua found it necessary to preach a stern gospel to his disbelieving people, people all too willing to believe their old and native religion but unwilling to go forward in the religion of faith and righteousness.... (1059.4) 96:6.3
The Master knows the truth about that supposed miracle of trumpets and shouts breaking down walls. From today's reading:
“...I am not concerned with such walls of brick and stone; but I would cause the walls of prejudice, self-righteousness, and hate to crumble before this preaching of the Father’s love for all men...." (1879.1) 172:1.3
Those stubborn walls still stand, but someday they will all be torn down, a day when humanity reclaims its long awaited birthright as children of the Father of the Universe. How long O Lord?
It was surely a fascinating scene when a woman broke into the all male feast pouring fine oil over Jesus' head. Spikenard is little known today.
Spikenard; also called nard, nardin, and muskroot, is a flowering plant used in the manufacture of an intensely aromatic amber-colored essential oil. The oil has, since ancient times, been used as a perfume, as a medicine and in religious contexts, particularly in connection with historical Judaism. The identity of the plant used in manufacturing spikenard is not certain; Nardostachys jatamansi from Asia, and lavender from the Middle East have been suggested as candidates.
The Bible contains several references to the spikenard, and it is used in Catholic iconography to represent Saint Joseph.
Jesus somehow knows this incident will echo down the halls of history:
"...I say to you that in the ages to come, wherever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, what she has done will be spoken of in memory of her....” (1879.4) 172:1.6
And it was recorded in Matthew 26:
6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
8 But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?
9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
10 When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.
11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.
Mark 14 also has the story:
3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.
4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?
5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.
6 And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me.
7 For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.
8 She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.
9 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.
Even the Gospel of John cites this incident, at the end of chapter 11 and the beginning of 12:
55 And the Jews' passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.
56 Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast?
57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him.
1 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.
3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,
5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.
8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.
9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
From the last paragraph of today's reading:
...presently they decided that Lazarus must also die. They rightly concluded that it would be useless to put Jesus to death if they permitted Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead, to live.... (1880.1) 172:1.9
From John 12:
10 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;
11 Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.
Tomorrow's reading, Section 2. Sunday Morning with the Apostles, is a short one, it has the Master's instructions for the apostles during this last week of his life, to do no teaching. And he tells Lazarus to leave Bethany, lest he be killed too.
Overview of Paper 172. Going into Jerusalem
1. Sabbath at Bethany
2. Sunday Morning with the Apostles
3. The Start for Jerusalem
4. Visiting about the Temple
5. The Apostles’ Attitude
This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.
Listen to Paper 172 (click the speaker icon at the top of the page)
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