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Set Your Intention

Set your intention for your fast and don’t allow others to deter you from your spiritual goals regardless of how much they protest.

The Alabaster Box

The women who broke the alabaster box, pouring the precious ointment on Jesus’ head, had her intention set.  She didn’t allow the ridicule of onlookers to deter her.  When bystanders became indignant, viewing the use of the ointment as a waste of a precious resource,  their protest didn’t stop her.  She knew full well that she had entered the home of a Pharisee, where Jesus was, and she knew that they viewed her as a sinner.  Regardless of those things she continued with her intent, “and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.”  As a result, Jesus said, “And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.””  Jesus honors those that honor him.

Supporting Scriptures

Mark 14:3-5 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. 4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? 5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.

Luke 7:37-38 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

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