Nard

The music for this Easter is Awesome!

We are singing 2 new songs and having, not 1, but 2 special numbers. I practiced for over an hour each day.

I put in a little extra time yesterday in preparation for worship practice. We had a ball! We spent 2 1/2 hours working on the music. Steve, the music director, asked us if there was anything we wanted to hit again.

I said, “Let’s do that first special number because it’s fun!” We did!  

At 3:43 a.m., I regretted opening my big mouth. I am not accustomed to playing for four hours in a day! I needed “Icy Hot” or “Blue Emu.” Unfortunately, that distinctive fragrance seems to grow – much like Nard.

Matthew 26:7, “A woman came to Him having an alabaster jar of very expensive ointment and poured it on His head as He sat at supper.” Modern English Version

 

“. . . We know from John 12:3 that she was Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus . . . Nard. See notes on Song of Solomon 1:12. . .” New International Version Study Bible Notes on Mark 14:3

 

Song of Solomon 1:12, “. . .  my perfume spread its fragrance.” New International Version

 

“My perfume. Nard, an aromatic oil extracted from the roots of a perennial herb that grows in India.” New International Version Study Bible Notes on Song of Solomon 1:12

The New International Version Study Bible has a chart, “The Life of Christ,” which says that Mary anointed Jesus on the Tuesday before the last supper. Jesus didn’t shower every day like we do. He probably washed his hair once a week – right before the Sabbath.

The ointment’s fragrance reminded Him that He was born to die. It also reminded Him of His follower’s devotion. When He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, He was under such stress that great drops of blood formed in His sweat, (see Luke 22:44). That would have activated the ointment again.

Even in our toughest days, God sends something sweet to encourage us.

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