Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

In the Old Testament, the high priest was anointed by the pouring of oil upon his head. In Aaron's case, it was an amount so profuse that it ran down onto his beard and the collar of his robe (Psalm 133:2). In Matthew 26:7, the woman who anointed Jesus' head was doing something more significant than she realized. Her act of love was symbolic of Jesus' role as our great High Priest, an office beautifully understood by examining the garments worn by the priest in Exodus 28.

The most conspicuous garment of the priest was the breastplate. On it were twelve precious jewels, each engraved with one of the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. Also significant were the two onyx stones on the high priest's shoulders, each engraved with six names. It is interesting to note that the jewels and stones were located on the heart and shoulders of the priest, indicating the two places of intercession.

Jesus, our great High Priest, bears our names and needs before the Father continually. We are always on His heart! He carries our needs on His shoulders, making it unnecessary for us to carry them. Instead of worrying about our needs, let us rejoice that He is our anointed High Priest. "He lives forever to plead with God on [our] behalf" (Hebrews 7:25).

Exodus 28:1-43

The Priestly Garments

28 “Have AaronLev 8:30; Ps 99:6; Heb 5:4 your brother brought to you from among the Israelites, along with his sons Nadab and Abihu,S Ex 6:23; 24:9 Eleazar and Ithamar,S Ex 6:23 so they may serve me as priests.Lev 8:2; 21:1; Nu 18:1-7; Dt 18:5; 1Sa 2:28; Heb 5:1Make sacred garmentsEx 29:5, 29; 31:10; 35:19; 39:1; Lev 8:7-9, 30; 16:32; Nu 20:26-28 for your brother Aaron to give him dignity and honor.ver 40Tell all the skilled workersEx 31:6; 35:10, 25, 35; 36:1 to whom I have given wisdomEx 31:3; Dt 34:9; Isa 11:2; 1Co 12:8; S Eph 1:17 in such matters that they are to make garments for Aaron, for his consecration, so he may serve me as priest.These are the garments they are to make: a breastpiece,ver 15-30 an ephod,S Ex 25:7 a robe,ver 31-35 a woven tunic,ver 39; Lev 10:5 a turbanver 37 and a sash. They are to make these sacred garments for your brother Aaron and his sons, so they may serve me as priests.Have them use gold, and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and fine linen.Ex 25:4

The Ephod28:6-14pp — Ex 39:2-7

“Make the ephodS Ex 25:7 of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen—the work of skilled hands.It is to have two shoulder pieces attached to two of its corners, so it can be fastened.Its skillfully woven waistbandEx 29:5 is to be like it—of one piece with the ephod and made with gold, and with blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and with finely twisted linen.

“Take two onyx stones and engraveSS 8:6; Isa 49:16; Hag 2:23 on them the names of the sons of Israel10 in the order of their birth—six names on one stone and the remaining six on the other.11 Engrave the names of the sons of Israel on the two stones the way a gem cutter engraves a seal. Then mount the stones in gold filigree settings12 and fasten them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod as memorial stones for the sons of Israel. Aaron is to bear the names on his shouldersDt 33:12; Job 31:36 as a memorialver 29; Ex 30:16; Nu 10:10; 31:54; Jos 4:7; Zec 6:14 before the Lord.13 Make gold filigree settings14 and two braided chains of pure gold, like a rope, and attach the chains to the settings.

The Breastpiece28:15-28pp — Ex 39:8-21

15 “Fashion a breastpieceS Ex 25:7 for making decisions—the work of skilled hands. Make it like the ephod: of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen.16 It is to be square—a spanThat is, about 9 inches or about 23 centimeters long and a span wide—and folded double.17 Then mount four rows of precious stonesEze 28:13; Rev 21:19-20 on it. The first row shall be carnelian, chrysoliteEze 1:16; 10:9; Da 10:6 and beryl;18 the second row shall be turquoise, lapis lazuli and emerald;19 the third row shall be jacinth, agate and amethyst;20 the fourth row shall be topaz, onyx and jasper.The precise identification of some of these precious stones is uncertain. Mount them in gold filigree settings.21 There are to be twelve stones, one for each of the names of the sons of Israel,Jos 4:8 each engraved like a seal with the name of one of the twelve tribes.Rev 21:12

22 “For the breastpiece make braided chains of pure gold, like a rope.23 Make two gold rings for it and fasten them to two corners of the breastpiece.24 Fasten the two gold chains to the rings at the corners of the breastpiece,25 and the other ends of the chains to the two settings, attaching them to the shoulder pieces of the ephod at the front.26 Make two gold rings and attach them to the other two corners of the breastpiece on the inside edge next to the ephod.27 Make two more gold rings and attach them to the bottom of the shoulder pieces on the front of the ephod, close to the seam just above the waistband of the ephod.28 The rings of the breastpiece are to be tied to the rings of the ephod with blue cord, connecting it to the waistband, so that the breastpiece will not swing out from the ephod.

29 “Whenever Aaron enters the Holy Place,ver 43 he will bear the names of the sons of Israel over his heart on the breastpiece of decision as a continuing memorial before the Lord.30 Also put the Urim and the ThummimLev 8:8; Nu 27:21; Dt 33:8; 1Sa 28:6; Ezr 2:63; Ne 7:65 in the breastpiece, so they may be over Aaron’s heart whenever he enters the presence of the Lord. Thus Aaron will always bear the means of making decisions for the Israelites over his heart before the Lord.

Other Priestly Garments28:31-43pp — Ex 39:22-31

31 “Make the robe of the ephod entirely of blue cloth,32 with an opening for the head in its center. There shall be a woven edge like a collarThe meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. around this opening, so that it will not tear.33 Make pomegranatesNu 13:23; 1Sa 14:2; 1Ki 7:18; SS 4:3; Jer 52:22; Joel 1:12; Hag 2:19 of blue, purple and scarlet yarn around the hem of the robe, with gold bells between them.34 The gold bells and the pomegranates are to alternate around the hem of the robe.35 Aaron must wear it when he ministers. The sound of the bells will be heard when he enters the Holy Place before the Lord and when he comes out, so that he will not die.

36 “Make a platever 37; Ex 29:6; Lev 8:9 of pure gold and engrave on it as on a seal: holy to the Lord.Zec 14:2037 Fasten a blue cord to it to attach it to the turban; it is to be on the front of the turban.38 It will be on Aaron’s forehead, and he will bear the guiltLev 5:1; 10:17; 16:22; 22:9, 16; Nu 18:1; Isa 53:5, 6, 11; Eze 4:4-6; Heb 9:28; 1Pe 2:24 involved in the sacred gifts the Israelites consecrate, whatever their gifts may be. It will be on Aaron’s forehead continually so that they will be acceptableS Ge 32:20; Lev 22:20, 27; 23:11; Isa 56:7 to the Lord.

39 “Weave the tunicver 4 of fine linen and make the turbanEx 29:6; Lev 16:4; Eze 24:17, 23; 44:18 of fine linen. The sash is to be the work of an embroiderer.40 Make tunics, sashes and caps for Aaron’s sonsver 4; Ex 29:8-9; 39:41; 40:14; Lev 8:13 to give them dignity and honor.ver 241 After you put these clothesEx 40:13 on your brother Aaron and his sons, anointEx 29:7; Lev 6:20; 10:7; 21:12; Nu 35:25 and ordain them. Consecrate them so they may serve me as priests.Ex 29:7-9; 30:30; 40:15; Lev 4:3; 6:22; 8:1-36; Nu 3:3; Heb 7:28

42 “Make linen undergarmentsLev 6:10; 16:4, 23; Eze 44:18 as a covering for the body, reaching from the waist to the thigh.43 Aaron and his sons must wear them whenever they enter the tent of meetingS Ex 27:21 or approach the altar to minister in the Holy Place,ver 29 so that they will not incur guilt and die.Ex 30:20, 21; Lev 16:13; 22:9; Nu 1:51; 4:15, 20; 18:22

“This is to be a lasting ordinanceS Ex 27:21 for Aaron and his descendants.

Clothing for the Priests

28 “Call for your brother, Aaron, and his sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. Set them apart from the rest of the people of Israel so they may minister to me and be my priests.Make sacred garments for Aaron that are glorious and beautiful.Instruct all the skilled craftsmen whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom. Have them make garments for Aaron that will distinguish him as a priest set apart for my service.These are the garments they are to make: a chestpiece, an ephod, a robe, a patterned tunic, a turban, and a sash. They are to make these sacred garments for your brother, Aaron, and his sons to wear when they serve me as priests.So give them fine linen cloth, gold thread, and blue, purple, and scarlet thread.

Design of the Ephod

“The craftsmen must make the ephod of finely woven linen and skillfully embroider it with gold and with blue, purple, and scarlet thread.It will consist of two pieces, front and back, joined at the shoulders with two shoulder-pieces.The decorative sash will be made of the same materials: finely woven linen embroidered with gold and with blue, purple, and scarlet thread.

“Take two onyx stones, and engrave on them the names of the tribes of Israel.10 Six names will be on each stone, arranged in the order of the births of the original sons of Israel.11 Engrave these names on the two stones in the same way a jeweler engraves a seal. Then mount the stones in settings of gold filigree.12 Fasten the two stones on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod as a reminder that Aaron represents the people of Israel. Aaron will carry these names on his shoulders as a constant reminder whenever he goes before the Lord.13 Make the settings of gold filigree,14 then braid two cords of pure gold and attach them to the filigree settings on the shoulders of the ephod.

Design of the Chestpiece

15 “Then, with great skill and care, make a chestpiece to be worn for seeking a decision from God.Hebrew a chestpiece for decision. Make it to match the ephod, using finely woven linen embroidered with gold and with blue, purple, and scarlet thread.16 Make the chestpiece of a single piece of cloth folded to form a pouch nine inchesHebrew 1 span [23 centimeters]. square.17 Mount four rows of gemstonesThe identification of some of these gemstones is uncertain. on it. The first row will contain a red carnelian, a pale-green peridot, and an emerald.18 The second row will contain a turquoise, a blue lapis lazuli, and a white moonstone.19 The third row will contain an orange jacinth, an agate, and a purple amethyst.20 The fourth row will contain a blue-green beryl, an onyx, and a green jasper. All these stones will be set in gold filigree.21 Each stone will represent one of the twelve sons of Israel, and the name of that tribe will be engraved on it like a seal.

22 “To attach the chestpiece to the ephod, make braided cords of pure gold thread.23 Then make two gold rings and attach them to the top corners of the chestpiece.24 Tie the two gold cords to the two rings on the chestpiece.25 Tie the other ends of the cords to the gold settings on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod.26 Then make two more gold rings and attach them to the inside edges of the chestpiece next to the ephod.27 And make two more gold rings and attach them to the front of the ephod, below the shoulder-pieces, just above the knot where the decorative sash is fastened to the ephod.28 Then attach the bottom rings of the chestpiece to the rings on the ephod with blue cords. This will hold the chestpiece securely to the ephod above the decorative sash.

29 “In this way, Aaron will carry the names of the tribes of Israel on the sacred chestpieceHebrew the chestpiece for decision; also in 28:30. See 28:15. over his heart when he goes into the Holy Place. This will be a continual reminder that he represents the people when he comes before the Lord.30 Insert the Urim and Thummim into the sacred chestpiece so they will be carried over Aaron’s heart when he goes into the Lord’s presence. In this way, Aaron will always carry over his heart the objects used to determine the Lord’s will for his people whenever he goes in before the Lord.

Additional Clothing for the Priests

31 “Make the robe that is worn with the ephod from a single piece of blue cloth,32 with an opening for Aaron’s head in the middle of it. Reinforce the opening with a woven collarThe meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. so it will not tear.33 Make pomegranates out of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and attach them to the hem of the robe, with gold bells between them.34 The gold bells and pomegranates are to alternate all around the hem.35 Aaron will wear this robe whenever he ministers before the Lord, and the bells will tinkle as he goes in and out of the Lord’s presence in the Holy Place. If he wears it, he will not die.

36 “Next make a medallion of pure gold, and engrave it like a seal with these words: Holy to the lord.37 Attach the medallion with a blue cord to the front of Aaron’s turban, where it must remain.38 Aaron must wear it on his forehead so he may take on himself any guilt of the people of Israel when they consecrate their sacred offerings. He must always wear it on his forehead so the Lord will accept the people.

39 “Weave Aaron’s patterned tunic from fine linen cloth. Fashion the turban from this linen as well. Also make a sash, and decorate it with colorful embroidery.

40 “For Aaron’s sons, make tunics, sashes, and special head coverings that are glorious and beautiful.41 Clothe your brother, Aaron, and his sons with these garments, and then anoint and ordain them. Consecrate them so they can serve as my priests.42 Also make linen undergarments for them, to be worn next to their bodies, reaching from their hips to their thighs.43 These must be worn whenever Aaron and his sons enter the TabernacleHebrew Tent of Meeting. or approach the altar in the Holy Place to perform their priestly duties. Then they will not incur guilt and die. This is a permanent law for Aaron and all his descendants after him.

28 And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons.

And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty.

And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron's garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office.

And these are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments for Aaron thy brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office.

And they shall take gold, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen.

And they shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, and of purple, of scarlet, and fine twined linen, with cunning work.

It shall have the two shoulderpieces thereof joined at the two edges thereof; and so it shall be joined together.

And the curious girdle of the ephod, which is upon it, shall be of the same, according to the work thereof; even of gold, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.

And thou shalt take two onyx stones, and grave on them the names of the children of Israel:

10 Six of their names on one stone, and the other six names of the rest on the other stone, according to their birth.

11 With the work of an engraver in stone, like the engravings of a signet, shalt thou engrave the two stones with the names of the children of Israel: thou shalt make them to be set in ouches of gold.

12 And thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulders of the ephod for stones of memorial unto the children of Israel: and Aaron shall bear their names before the Lord upon his two shoulders for a memorial.

13 And thou shalt make ouches of gold;

14 And two chains of pure gold at the ends; of wreathen work shalt thou make them, and fasten the wreathen chains to the ouches.

15 And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with cunning work; after the work of the ephod thou shalt make it; of gold, of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine twined linen, shalt thou make it.

16 Foursquare it shall be being doubled; a span shall be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof.

17 And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row.

18 And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond.

19 And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst.

20 And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their inclosings.

21 And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet; every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes.

22 And thou shalt make upon the breastplate chains at the ends of wreathen work of pure gold.

23 And thou shalt make upon the breastplate two rings of gold, and shalt put the two rings on the two ends of the breastplate.

24 And thou shalt put the two wreathen chains of gold in the two rings which are on the ends of the breastplate.

25 And the other two ends of the two wreathen chains thou shalt fasten in the two ouches, and put them on the shoulderpieces of the ephod before it.

26 And thou shalt make two rings of gold, and thou shalt put them upon the two ends of the breastplate in the border thereof, which is in the side of the ephod inward.

27 And two other rings of gold thou shalt make, and shalt put them on the two sides of the ephod underneath, toward the forepart thereof, over against the other coupling thereof, above the curious girdle of the ephod.

28 And they shall bind the breastplate by the rings thereof unto the rings of the ephod with a lace of blue, that it may be above the curious girdle of the ephod, and that the breastplate be not loosed from the ephod.

29 And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the Lord continually.

30 And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron's heart, when he goeth in before the Lord: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the Lord continually.

31 And thou shalt make the robe of the ephod all of blue.

32 And there shall be an hole in the top of it, in the midst thereof: it shall have a binding of woven work round about the hole of it, as it were the hole of an habergeon, that it be not rent.

33 And beneath upon the hem of it thou shalt make pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, round about the hem thereof; and bells of gold between them round about:

34 A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe round about.

35 And it shall be upon Aaron to minister: and his sound shall be heard when he goeth in unto the holy place before the Lord, and when he cometh out, that he die not.

36 And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, Holiness To The Lord.

37 And thou shalt put it on a blue lace, that it may be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be.

38 And it shall be upon Aaron's forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the Lord.

39 And thou shalt embroider the coat of fine linen, and thou shalt make the mitre of fine linen, and thou shalt make the girdle of needlework.

40 And for Aaron's sons thou shalt make coats, and thou shalt make for them girdles, and bonnets shalt thou make for them, for glory and for beauty.

41 And thou shalt put them upon Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him; and shalt anoint them, and consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office.

42 And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach:

43 And they shall be upon Aaron, and upon his sons, when they come in unto the tabernacle of the congregation, or when they come near unto the altar to minister in the holy place; that they bear not iniquity, and die: it shall be a statute for ever unto him and his seed after him.

Matthew 25:31-26:13

The Sheep and the Goats

31 “When the Son of Man comesS Lk 17:30 in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.Mt 19:2832 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separateMal 3:18 the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.Eze 34:17, 2033 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdomS Mt 3:2; 5:3, 10, 19; 19:14; S Ac 20:32; 1Co 15:50; Gal 5:21; Jas 2:5 prepared for you since the creation of the world.Heb 4:3; 9:26; Rev 13:8; 17:835 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,Job 31:32; Heb 13:236 I needed clothes and you clothed me,Isa 58:7; Eze 18:7; Jas 2:15, 16 I was sick and you looked after me,Jas 1:27 I was in prison and you came to visit me.’2Ti 1:16

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’S Mt 10:40, 42; Heb 13:2

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me,S Mt 7:23 you who are cursed, into the eternal fireIsa 66:24; Mt 3:12; S 5:22; Mk 9:43, 48; Lk 3:17; Jude 7 prepared for the devil and his angels.2Pe 2:442 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’Pr 14:31; 17:5

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.Mt 19:29; Jn 3:15, 16, 36; 17:2, 3; Ro 2:7; Gal 6:8; 1Jn 1:2; 5:11, 13, 20Da 12:2; Jn 5:29; Ac 24:15; Ro 2:7, 8; Gal 6:8

The Plot Against Jesus26:2-5pp — Mk 14:1, 2; Lk 22:1, 2

26 When Jesus had finished saying all these things,S Mt 7:28 he said to his disciples,“As you know, the PassoverS Jn 11:55 is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”

Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembledPs 2:2 in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas,ver 57; Lk 3:2; Jn 11:47-53; 18:13, 14, 24, 28; Ac 4:6and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.S Mt 12:14“But not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be a riotMt 27:24 among the people.”

Jesus Anointed at Bethany26:6-13pp — Mk 14:3-926:6-13Ref — Lk 7:37, 38; Jn 12:1-8

While Jesus was in BethanyS Mt 21:17 in the home of Simon the Leper,a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.

When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked.“This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”

10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me.11 The poor you will always have with you,See Deut. 15:11.Dt 15:11 but you will not always have me.12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.Jn 19:4013 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

The Final Judgment

31 “But when the Son of Man“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne.32 All the nationsOr peoples. will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world.35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing?39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,Greek my brothers. you were doing it to me!’

41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.Greek his angels.42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink.43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’

45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”

The Plot to Kill Jesus

26 When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples,“As you know, Passover begins in two days, and the Son of Man“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. will be handed over to be crucified.”

At that same time the leading priests and elders were meeting at the residence of Caiaphas, the high priest,plotting how to capture Jesus secretly and kill him.“But not during the Passover celebration,” they agreed, “or the people may riot.”

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy.While he was eating,Or reclining. a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume and poured it over his head.

The disciples were indignant when they saw this. “What a waste!” they said.“It could have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.”

10 But Jesus, aware of this, replied, “Why criticize this woman for doing such a good thing to me?11 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.12 She has poured this perfume on me to prepare my body for burial.13 I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed.”

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

26 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples,

Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.

Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,

And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him.

But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.

Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

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.

But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

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.

Psalm 31:9-18

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;Ps 4:1

my eyes grow weak with sorrow,Ps 6:7

my soul and bodyPs 63:1 with grief.

10 My life is consumed by anguishver 7

and my years by groaning;Ps 6:6

my strength failsPs 22:15; 32:4; 38:10; 73:26 because of my affliction,Or guiltPs 25:18

and my bones grow weak.S Ps 6:2

11 Because of all my enemies,Dt 30:7; Ps 3:7; 25:19; 102:8

I am the utter contemptS Ps 22:6 of my neighborsPs 38:11

and an object of dread to my closest friends—

those who see me on the street flee from me.

12 I am forgotten as though I were dead;Ps 28:1; 88:4

I have become like broken pottery.

13 For I hear many whispering,S Lev 19:16; Ps 50:20

“Terror on every side!”S Job 18:11; Isa 13:8; Jer 6:25; 20:3, 10; 46:5; 49:5; La 2:22

They conspire against mePs 41:7; 56:6; 71:10; 83:3

and plot to take my life.S Ge 37:18; S Mt 12:14

14 But I trustPs 4:5 in you, Lord;

I say, “You are my God.”

15 My timesS Job 14:5 are in your hands;

deliver me from the hands of my enemies,

from those who pursue me.

16 Let your face shineS Nu 6:25 on your servant;

save me in your unfailing love.S Ps 6:4

17 Let me not be put to shame,S Ps 22:5 Lord,

for I have cried out to you;

but let the wicked be put to shame

and be silent1Sa 2:9; Ps 94:17; 115:17 in the realm of the dead.

18 Let their lying lipsPs 120:2; Pr 10:18; 26:24 be silenced,

for with pride and contempt

they speak arrogantlyS 1Sa 2:3; Jude 1:15 against the righteous.

Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in distress.

Tears blur my eyes.

My body and soul are withering away.

10 I am dying from grief;

my years are shortened by sadness.

Sin has drained my strength;

I am wasting away from within.

11 I am scorned by all my enemies

and despised by my neighbors—

even my friends are afraid to come near me.

When they see me on the street,

they run the other way.

12 I am ignored as if I were dead,

as if I were a broken pot.

13 I have heard the many rumors about me,

and I am surrounded by terror.

My enemies conspire against me,

plotting to take my life.

14 But I am trusting you, O Lord,

saying, “You are my God!”

15 My future is in your hands.

Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.

16 Let your favor shine on your servant.

In your unfailing love, rescue me.

17 Don’t let me be disgraced, O Lord,

for I call out to you for help.

Let the wicked be disgraced;

let them lie silent in the grave.Hebrew in Sheol.

18 Silence their lying lips—

those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly.

Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.

10 For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.

11 I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.

12 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.

13 For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

14 But I trusted in thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my God.

15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.

16 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake.

17 Let me not be ashamed, O Lord; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.

18 Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

Proverbs 8:12-13

12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;

I possess knowledge and discretion.Pr 1:4

13 To fear the LordS Ge 22:12 is to hate evil;S Ex 20:20; S Job 28:28

I hateJer 44:4 pride and arrogance,

evil behavior and perverse speech.

12 “I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment.

I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.

13 All who fear the Lord will hate evil.

Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance,

corruption and perverse speech.

12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

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