The jar of perfume Mary used to anoint His feet was worth 300 denarii. At the time, one denarii was equal to a day’s wages for a common worker. In today’s world, that would bring the cost of the perfume to be nearly $20,000-$30,000. Earlier in His ministry, there was a man of great wealth that wanted to follow Him. He was asked to leave it all behind but instead he walked away dismayed; he decided to cling to his wealth rather than to follow Him. Mary of Bethany came from wealth, which is how she was able to possess such expensive perfume. She didn't hesitate to give it all away; even at the expense of other's offense. She was critiqued for her lack of service (Martha) and she was labeled as selfish (not thinking of the poor). With no fear of man, she unashamedly gave Him her very best. It was a lesson for the disciples that God highly favors great acts of worship; for she would be remembered throughout each passing generation for her act of humility (this story is in Matthew, Mark, and John. Bible scholars speculate that Luke 7 could also be the same woman).
The perfume used to anoint His feet was commonly associated with kings. A few days later, when His feet were being pierced, the Roman soldiers were likely still able to smell the fragrance. They would have the full understanding and knowledge that only a king would smell like this. We are also to God the pleasing aroma of Christ; for Christ was a pleasing aroma of a perfect sacrifice bringing us back into royalty and right standing with the Father. With a pound of perfume filling up the room, I suspect the only aroma He smelled was that of her heart. And now as He is seated at the right hand of the Father, the only smell He desires is that of your heart. Living precious stone, I encourage you to come as you are. Lay everything down at His feet, for He will pick it up and bring resurrection life (he who loses his life finds it).
swipe left for the finished piece :) I hope this all has greatly blessed you.
Mary of Bethany: Matthew 26, Mark 14, John 12
I chose to draw marble because an alabaster box is made from a pale mineral, having a similar appearance to that of marble. Song of Solomon talks about the Bridegroom having legs of marble set upon gold (Mary anoints His feet). Ezra talks about God's house being built by stones of marble. We are described as being living stones who are continually being assembled into a sanctuary for God; all connected to the Cornerstone (1 Peter 2:4-8).
In the drawing, the marble represents our hearts; for the source of His pleasure is not in our performance but it is in the sacrifice of our hearts laid out before Him. He will never despise, rebuke, or scold that kind of offering (Psalm 51:16-17). Marble is a precious stone that stands the test of time. Our function as a living stone is to cry out and to declare the praises of Him (1 Peter 2:9). Mary stepped into her rightful place as a true disciple of Jesus; everyone saw a glimpse of a living stone declaring and praising Him...bringing Him glory through a yielded heart. She was ready to be assembled and placed into the walls of His sanctuary to carry His glory; for His glory dwells within and as living stones we will glorify the Lord in all that we do (1 Corinthians 10:31).
It is all very simple, yet our calling to the first commandment to love Him with all that we are, is also simple. It is where true and lasting fruit comes from; it all begins with surrender.
Marble, Pencil, 18in x 22in.
The past two weeks, I took my time in drawing a very personal piece. All throughout the duration of this art piece, I studied Mary of Bethany and looked into what it looks like to bow low in humility and to keep that yes cry of surrender at the very core and center of who I am; of who we are in Christ Jesus. I am challenged by her choice to never leave the all consuming fire of His love until all that she reflected was pure love itself. I am provoked to remain at His feet; to listen to every word that proceeds from His mouth.
Over the next few days, I want to share this personal piece with you in hopes that it would refresh and challenge you too. I pray that this would prompt you to seek His face with a greater hunger unto an unadulterated devotion at His feet; that it would draw you into a secret place as you remember the grace and loving-kindness of your first love. May this call you into a remembrance of His unending promises and benefits; remember that yes cry of surrender you have given to Him.
Stay tuned for more — I am still adding a few more details to the art piece and will post the finished piece! :)
Found this lil nugget when I was working in a studio and drawing the Mediterranean Sea. Something is coming, another wave of revival is here and now. Another wave of creativity being used to share the story of Jesus; the raw gospel in its entirety. Artists, musicians, song writers, filmmakers, photographers, dancers...all creative expressions. All throughout history, Jesus has moved powerfully through creativity. If He was willing then, He’s willing now. #renaissance#revival
GRAND CANYON | “The same way a loving father feels toward his children—that’s but a sample of your tender feelings toward us, your beloved children, who live in awe of you. You know all about us, inside and out. You are mindful that we’re made from dust.” Psalm 103 (photo: @noahrtaher)
5 days later, there are still no words to fully describe and articulate all that the Lord did and accomplished throughout this day. There are so many highlights, so many miracles, so many in love with Jesus. This photo perfectly captures the hunger that filled the stadium. I am humbled and grateful. @thesend 📷: @kaaaaaaaaaage