"What She Could" - Mark 14:1-11

STUDY QUESTIONS

  1. Why where the Chief Priests and the Scribes trying to seize Jesus by stealth?
  2. What was Jesus offense that they had determined it warrant death? In what way does that same determination extend to us today? Consider Mark 13: 9-12.
  3. Why do you think Mark choose not to tell us who this woman was? Check out John 12: 1- 8. Is this the same account why or why not?
  4. What does Jesus say this woman has done for Him by anointing Him with the perfume?
  5. Why does He say this is an appropriate act on her part?
  6. What is the reaction of those who witnessed this woman breaking the vial and anointing Jesus? What is their problem with her act? Do they have grounds to be upset? Why?
  7. Why do you think Mark does not include the fact revealed by other gospel authors that Judas was the one who initiated the objection to this woman's act?
  8. Why do you think Jesus tells them to let her alone? Why does she need the freedom to act the way she did? Why was this not a waste of the oil?
  9. Why does Jesus ask those upset over this woman's act "why" they were bothering her when they already had stated very plainly why they were bothered? What else was going on here in the guise of being concerned for the poor? In what ways is this still true today?
  10. What does it mean when Jesus says that she has done a good deed to Me? What is the deed and why is it good? How can we today do a good deed to Jesus? Check out Matt. 25: 34 – 40.
  11. What does it mean when Jesus says in verse eight - "She has done what she could..."? What does this tell us about the woman and the quality, or heart of her action? Compare this woman with the woman we found in Mark 12: 41 – 44.
  12. Why is her action, her good deed, such a big thing in Jesus eyes that it would warrant being remembered wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world both then and now? What is it about her act that transcends time and culture and speaks to each of us today?
  13. What does it mean it will be spoken in memory of her? What would you like to be remembered for in your service to Jesus?
  14. Why do you think Mark includes the scene of Judas going and making plans to betray Jesus in this powerful scene of extravagant sacrifice and love? What does Mark want to convey by such a pronounced contrast?
  15. How has this passage spoken to you? What is it about this woman's service to Jesus that challenges you in your service to Jesus?
  16. What is it that you want to be remembered for? In light of that desire what is God calling you to do right now?
Benjamin Steiner