A Woman Anoints
Jesus with Perfume
Bible Study of Matthew
did they woman pour perfume on Jesus? A good
question - let's explore it.
First, this is a good place
to begin reading the Easter
story. Jesus tells
blatantly that he will not be with the disciples
much longer and tells them exactly how he will
It was difficult for the
disciples (especially Judas) to understand why
Jesus was not upset by the "wasting" of expensive
perfume by this woman but Christ
explains what the scented liquid is really
Woman And The Perfume
Now when Jesus was
in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, a
woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very
costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as
He reclined at the table.
But the disciples were
indignant when they saw this, and said,
Why this waste?
For this perfume might
have been sold for a high price and the money
given to the poor.
But Jesus, aware of this,
said to them, Why do you bother the woman?
For she has done a good deed to Me.
For you always have the
poor with you; but you do not always have
For when she poured this
perfume on My body, she did it to prepare Me for
Truly I say to you,
wherever this gospel is preached in the whole
world, what this woman has done will also be
spoken of in memory of her. -
Plan is Beginning
A note here is that, while
Jesus was being anointed with perfume, the
Pharisees were plotting to kill him.
Jesus knew of their plans all
along but, as always, used the pouring of the
perfume to reveal and to teach.
It is believed that the woman
mentioned here was Mary, Lazarus's sister.
She knew the goodness and
power of Christ as He brought her brother back to
life after four days.
Wasted on Jesus?
None of the disciples were
happy with this incident and became indignant at
the blatant waste of very expensive
But, as told in the Gospel of
John, no disciple was more so than Judas Iscariot,
the betrayer. After all, he sold Jesus out for a
small amount of silver so greed was definitely in
Signaled the Death of Jesus
Jesus answered by bringing
15:11 which states
that "There will always be poor people in the
land.", not to be sarcastic but just to state the
fact that He would not be with them much longer as
the perfume was his burial scent.
The woman's "sacrifice" of
perfume pleased Jesus as it was given in the right
How about us?
Are we willing to give a
sacrifice of our resources and time to glorify
- Love in
If you would like to learn
more about the love and life-changing experience of
Jesus Christ, please take a moment to
Read Today's Verses
American Standard Bible
King James Version
Verses about the woman washing the feet
of Jesus with perfume are from New American
Standard Bible & New King James Version -
Lessons from Life Application Study Bible: NIV -
Passage above credited to Lockman