Ep 38 – Demonstration of Love: Pt 2
Hi there, it’s thomas Mahairas with Vicki, my wife and it’s all greek to me, this is the name of the program and we’re gonna go in and look at Uh some of the synoptics Matthew chapter 26, Mark chapter 14, John chapter 12 And see the different marys in the two different locations from galilee down to judea about 80 miles apart. And we’re gonna discuss that so we can really understand what God means. When he says something in the narrative of the story, we’re gonna look at the practical aspects of love as we consider this word agape. E come on, join us. So we’ve talked about how love and forgiveness are actually blended that those who are forgiven much love much. And we talked about the two marys, the mary from luke seven in galilee, up in the north and 80 miles south of Galilee. And Bethany is mary this mary the sister of Martha and Lazarus. And in Matthew 26. And in John Chapter 12 and in Mark chapter 14 We have this story where she goes to the um leapers house, former leper because you know, you’re not going to go into a house with a leopard that was against the law. So he apparently was healed by jesus believed that in this story as was the great center, the probably the prostitute up in luke chapter seven in galilee and she came in and anointed, jesus feet. Now hear this lad, this uh um Simon the leper, The former leper is throwing a big party uh probably Lazarus and mary and Martha invited some other friends to come there and we find this incredible story. So how do you want to introduce this to us? Well, it’s taken place, we said in Bethany which is a couple of miles away from Jerusalem in judea down in the south and we said before, it was about 70 to 80 miles, 80 miles north was in galilee galilee. So here we are, let’s go to the scriptures and begin to read. 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 this woman for? She has done a good deed to me, for you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me for when she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for my burial truly, I say to you wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken in memory of her. We need to remember that this here is about the Gospel being preached throughout the whole world And in each of these three references in Matthew 26, in John 12 in Mark chapter 14 it mentions this that she is preparing him for his burial with this anointing, Just amazing to me. And that that this act will always be remembered in connection with the death, burial and resurrection and the preparation of his body for the tomb. And we’ll go and pick it up. In Mark 14 while he was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial, a very costly perfume of poor Nard. Pure Nard. And she broke the vial and ported over his head. So in all three of these stories, I believe she pours it on his head and the other mary wept and poured it on his feet. But when he talks about it, he says on my body. So it must it must have been his head 19 maybe on his shoulder or whatever. And down on his feet as well on this particular story. Okay, Mark 14, But somewhere indignantly remarking to one another, why has this perfume been wasted For this perfume might have been sold for over 300 and there I and the money given to the poor and they were scolding her, but jesus said, let her alone, why do you bother her? She has done a good deed to me for you always have the poor with you and wherever you wish you can do good to them, but you do not always have me, it’s amazing. That’s a great thought. Yeah, the poor are always gonna be around. You’re never gonna wipe away poverty. In fact, when I spoke at the United Nations on poverty, I I spoke to uh international religious faith group and I said to them, you know, we’re meeting here for the poverty conference. But you realize that Jesus said you’re always gonna have the poor. And so we have to realize that that we’re never going to extinguish this, but we need to know how to respond and treat the poor and and love the poor and meet their needs because in doing so we are lending to God, we’re actually doing what God wants us to do. Let’s keep going, Mark 14, she has done what she could, she has anointed my body beforehand for the burial truly, I say to you wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her phenomenal. And then john jesus, therefore six days before the passover came to Bethany where Lazarus was whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they made him a supper there and Martha was serving. But Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with him mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure Nard and anointed the feet of jesus and wiped his feet with her hair and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. Now, you know, a lot of people want to make this woman mary Magdalene, but we know this in this story, it’s married the sister of Martha and the sister of Lazarus. This is where the story is being uh done and with the narrative is taking place and it’s important for us to realize all these specific things that God is saying here, let’s continue in the story. But Judas is scary at one of his disciples who was intending to betray him said, Why was this perfume not sold for 300 to narrow and given to the people now he said this not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief. And as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it. Therefore Jesus said, let her alone so that she may keep it for the day of my burial for you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me, wow! So there’s there it is again, this is the same narrative. Sometimes we, we call it the synoptics. We’re looking at the same event from the eyes of john, from the eyes of Matthew scene is with an optics is to see and the eyes of Mark and looking at an incredible story that’s taking place and jesus explaining it Now it’s important for me to stop here and just explain in the first four programs on Love. We gave a lot of theology, a lot of scripture, a lot of you know, just what you feel, what you know inside, what you believe. The first Corinthians 13 passage, the uh Matthew passage on the Great Greatest Commandments Love God and love your neighbor as yourself, The Deuteronomy Passage in Chapter six. We did a lot of exposition there. But here we are sharing the practical story of this love that when you love much because you’ve been intimately acquainted with God who forgives who forgives much. And that’s exactly what we’re trying to do in. And just explaining these stories with the anointing of jesus with this perfume. Let us continue here on the next slide here. So now we we talk about weeping And we talk about the synonyms because you know these women, especially the one from Luke seven, the woman was weeping and did you know that there are 10 different Greek words for weeping, crying, crying out. And so we just want to look at some of these and words the word in Luke seven was play Oh properly weep aloud expressing uncontainable audible grief, that’s what that is. And it also means deep grief, expressing traumatic personal loss or despair like the death of a family member emphasizes audible grieving mourning, Typically accompanied by wailing and sobbing agonizing in tears. Now there are 10 words Vicky will start with this very same one of the first one and then I’ll go to the second one and so forth. Cleo means to weep cry out expresses man’s immediate and outward reaction to suffering Caputo. It stresses the aspect of public grief which can manifest itself in various customs, such as smiling ones, breast cutting oneself, whaling or or singing set, funeral singing set to funeral dirges. And so this is a whole different other word. Three nil was wailing, single lament or a dirge. Ben fell, which was the morn or to lament. We’ll appeal covers the widest range from physical pain to inward grief. And lou pesty denotes primarily an inward grief where words like pen theo cleo indicate an outward expression of grief. So this word lip l or lip esta is the inner mourning or grieving inside that Vicki just talked about. And then there’s the word the creo creo rather, which is the shedding of actual tears even with in silent morning Zachary in greek means tears just like he puts our tears in a bottle. Go ahead. Oh dear. Moss focuses on inner sorrow pain that drives outward grieving. I’m sorry, I didn’t put any accent marks there. It’s or theater mose wright focuses on it right and then there’s the Ala Lazo refers to grieving, prescribed by the oriental custom, like beating the chest again, totally different words stan Azo involves deep inarticulate groans that are not or cannot be outwardly expressed. And finally ravi from Carasso to cry out loud crying, done with pathos, great emotion, clamorous screaming shrieking which is boisterous, like a wounded person admitting unearthly non human types of sounds shrieking out christ. Now why are we going through all these greek words and for crying for shrieking for moaning for groaning? Because God’s word is so specific and you know when you think of the apostle, paul, or peter or john or James or Matthew paul was really learned and he knew the languages inside out. These others, some of these guys were fishermen and tax collectors and some of them had abilities in the greek language. But God himself Chooses the word that he wants to use in every specific reference, like in the book of Romans, Chapter eight when and we’re going to give you some verses on these words. So you understand how beautiful these the God’s word is that this is an an inspirational book. This is a therapeutic store. Breathe out from the very mouth of God. He chooses the precise word to use to mean what he says and says what he means. So we’re just gonna look and see some of these words. Uh there is a commentary section here, Josephus reports. People in his time, they hired flute players to lead lamentations for public mourning. The haunting sounds of the flute then became synonymous with death, tragedy and mourning the custom of employing professional Mourners? Generally women is still prevalent in the Middle East. So Vicky, why don’t you take the one there? The first one in number one. And and read that and let me just see if I could maximize this. Go ahead. Cleo the verse we picked was luke 7 38 and standing behind him at his feet weeping. This was mary she began to wet his feet with her tears dark chrome and kept wiping them with the hair of her head and kissing his feet and anointing them with the perfume. I say that’s a proof of inspiration that God uses the right word for the right activity uh in every one of these cases and there are 10 words. So for the second word Caputo we have revelation 17 behold he’s coming with the clouds and every eye will see him. Even those who pierced him and all the tribes of the earth will mourn or crypto over him. So it is to be amen now. Uh this is taken from the old testament. The prophecy of Zechariah 12 10 through 14. We won’t take the time to read it now. But then we go to the uh fourth floor channel which means well or sing in lament or a dirge. And uh this is luke 23 27 following him was a large crowd of people and a woman and uh of women who were mourning Caputo and lamenting through channel him. So both of those words are used again, very specific. Why don’t you pick up the fifth one and so forth Vicki Penfield to mourn manifested grief as in the death of a loved one in luke 6 25. Woe to you who are well fed now for you shall be hungry woe to you who laughed now for you shall mourn pen theo and weak cleo keep going. Lip peel covers the widest range from physical pain to inward grief. Ephesians 4.30. Do not grieve. The Holy Spirit of God by whom you were sealed for the day of your redemption. It’s in modern Greek is very clear lip our or I have great grief in my heart. Okay. And and continue luke. P sti right over here. Dino is primarily an inward grief where words like pen theo, cleo etcetera indicate the outward expression of grief. So some are very private in our heart where no one knows that how were broken and then doc doc leo is the actual shedding of tears with jesus even silent morning. It says in Luke went over the death of Lazarus. Yes and John 1135, Jesus wept very important. And then Allah Lazo refers to grieving, prescribed by the oriental custom like beating the chest. Al Alonzo first Corinthians 13 1. If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and do not have love. I have become a noisy gong or a clanging Allah Lazo symbol and number nine Dedazo involves deep in articulate groans. It actually means that no means a narrow passageway that are not or cannot be outwardly expressed, compressed like with childbirth through the birth canal and romans. Uh, chapter eight verse 26. A great illustration of this in the same way the spirit also helps our weakness is for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the spirit himself uh, intercedes for us with groening’s, that’s that’s the worst donna moss too deep for words. And finally, why don’t you take the last one there? Honey gravy, correct? Um, to cry out loud crying, done with pathos, great emotion, clamorous screaming and shrieking, which is boisterous, like a wounded person admitting unearthly non human types of shrieking cries. So you see the different words that are used for all the various aspects of just weeping and that’s why we have to just say fantastic God, thank you for the inspiration of scripture. They open up so that every word, every syllable, every job, every title is given to us by God and is very precise and very specific. So this is probably the most complete subject, huge subject in the whole bible. Uh, it’s as big as the breath and width and height and depth of God. It’s the subject of love. And when I started reading the various places, the one and others that we’re going to look at the various principals, the seven key principles that we’re going to look at. But I started looking and finding words uh that that really it was like, it was like cracking open a whole world as I read these verses of scripture and I jotted them down and let’s look at them right now as we consider this subject which is love. It says in first timothy one verse five, that’s where it started for me, the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith. The goal is the tell us this is the actually where you’re, where you’re going and the destination point. So the instruction of the bible was supposed to teach preach exhort, what’s it for this paraphernalia. This message, this wonderful message. The goal is love. That’s what 1st Timothy Chapter one said the goal of our instruction. The prerequisite of that instruction. The prerequisite. His love from a pure heart, Scalfaro’s the car via Catherine cardia and then agatha’s conscience, Sinead ec and a sincere anna pokery toes, which is really uh not a hypocritical faith. You can’t say one thing you can say, I believe this and then act in a different way and those are the prerequisites to really accomplish and get to love. So you have to ask yourself the question in my living and impure life, Emma is my conscience clear. Do I know that I’ve done something to someone that I have not really reconciled or ask for forgiveness to God to others and my hypocritical do I say one thing and do another. Do I print to pretend to be one way and then act another way. So these are the prerequisites of love and uh because this love comes not in the words to host a target properly off target without aim, figured out of line out of step as to heal as Tokyo, which means going out of the right target the right way, swerving out of line as to hell to miss the mark and deviate from the truth. Gods were all three occasions as to hell are directly associated with faith. So I leave faith when I depart From that direction of going after love. Then there’s first Timothy chapter six And verse 21, which some have professed and thus gone astray from the truth and from the faith and then he says, Grace be to you, of course he’s talking about alexander and others that were there. Second timothy 2 18 men who have gone astray from the truth saying there is no resurrection, the resurrection has already taken place. And they’ve upset the faith of some, we swerve off God’s line each time we elevate our own human logic above God’s word and the goal of the teaching, which is love. The motivation of love. So now Ephesians 4 15 says, but speaking the truth in love may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even christ, this is the word Alice evo, which is literally true thing, true thing, Alyssa one death what to say and how to say it. So God says what to say is ali to Von D’s speaking the truth and then how to abide in God’s love and how to say it In love and then how to abide in God’s love is John 1510, if you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love even as I have kept my father’s commandments and abide in his love. Now, what I’m doing is I’m not going randomly, I’m going from from uh Matthew all the way throughout the new testament. You know, topically on this subject of love. And I’m showing the depth of each section that deals with love as we have already. The goal of our instruction that means everything you teach in the bible, you have to have love as the ultimate goal. And now here, if you’ll keep my commandments, jesus said, you shall abide in my love. To abide in his love means to obey God so important And we will abide in his love. The ultimate evidence of love is sacrifice of life. John 1513 Greater Love has no one than listening to lay down his life for his friends. The same thing. The source of love is the Holy Spirit and hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the holy Spirit who has been given to us number seven the greatest expression of God’s love is that christ died for us, Romans 5 8. Greater Love has no one than this that he lay down his life For his friends, John 3 16. For God, so loved the world. He loves the world. And what does he do? He gives his own son In place of us Galatians 2 20. I’ve been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but it is christ who lives in me and the life that I now live in the flesh. I live by faith in the son of God, who what loved me and gave himself for me? So the ultimate thing that love does is it sacrificed itself for the cherished object, husband is commanded to love his wife. Husbands love your wives. Ephesians 5 25. Just as christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Also. Ephesians 5 28. Uh hebrews 12 6. God will discipline those whom he loves for those whom the Lord loves, he disciplines and he scourges. Every son whom he receives. Those who love God will be rewarded. James 1 12 with the crown of life. James 25. Listen, my beloved brethren did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he promised to. What to those again who love him. Number 11. We love Jesus. Even if we I don’t see him, we love him first. peter says, even though we don’t see him. And then love the brethren fervently from the heart. Since you have in obedience to the truth, purified your soul for a sincere an IPO secretos. Again, that word without hypocrisy to love without hypocrisy, that’s what it says there. The brethren fervently and knows fully stretched out. It’s easier to be hypocritical with people when you have something against what and it’s easy to quit going all the way with your love. God says, go all the way with your love. The one who loves the world does not love God So clear in first John 2 15 and then uh love is the distinguishing mark between the Children of God and the Children of the devil. First john 3 10 by this the Children of God and the Children of the devil or obvious. Anyone who does not practice righteousness not right is not of God and nor the one who does not love his brother. First John 3 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life because we love the brethren. And then love is to be with both word and deed, not just in words, but both word and they tell them and then show them first john 3 18 little Children, let us love not with word or with tongue, but in deed. And in truth, the only two things we must do as believers is to believe in the name of his son, jesus christ and to love one another. How do you not see that? This is like the ultimate expression of christ in your life. First john 3 23 and then beloved let us love one another. For love is from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God God is love. The one who does not love does not know God because God is love. God initiated his love to us. You know he loves us first and this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and gave himself as a propitiate in for our sin, satisfactory sacrifice and finally revelation 15 from jesus christ, the faithful witness the firstborn of the debt and to the rulers of the kings of the earth to him who loves us. His love is present tense. Oh he loved us, he will love us but he loves us right now. And we are to express that love to others. I hope you’re enjoying it’s all greek to me. I hope that this a happy love which is giving yourself away is real in your life and that you will take these verses click back and forth back and forth, memorize them. So you too can allow the love of God to just burst out of your life in the life of love. God bless you until next time it’s all greek to me with tom and Vicky me Mahairas.