The traps of indignation

Weekly Nuggets May 11, 2020

Mark 14:3-9 NKJV

And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head. But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply. But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me

Key Phrase: The traps of indignation

There is an old saying which goes “you cant understand another persons experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes“. True words, for many times we can only perceive the motive of someone else’s actions based on our own personal experiences.

The Message bible puts verses 4-5 of our text quite dramatically …. “Some of the guests became furious among themselves. “That’s criminal! A sheer waste! This perfume could have been sold for well over a year’s wages and handed out to the poor.” They swelled up in anger, nearly bursting with indignation over her.

Sounds familiar? This is a trap we all fall into, running scenarios in our heads, “bursting”, “swelling”, with anger and indignation over what we have no business judging and by doing this run the risk of falling into a 3-step trap;

  1. We take strong positions, being unnecessarily indignant, pained, irked, upset, vexed about their actions.
  2. We become judge and jury over them and charge them guilty of an unnamed unknown offence.
  3. We miss the point completely – that God’s work is being progressed by this action / sacrifice (and we are offended by this)

While we ponder on these traps, I will conclude with the response of our Lord Jesus “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me.”

Brethren, be mindful of every court session we hold in our hearts, lest we fall into the traps of indignation.

Father, forgive us for every instance where we have grumbled and vexed in our hearts when others do good work for the kingdom. Lord, we ask for a renewed heart, a heart that sees and judges like the Father. Mostly Lord, there is a lesson of sacrifice hidden in your word today, teach us to be on the right side of sacrifice – those making the sacrifice not those complaining about it. In Jesus name.


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