Family Bible Study:
‘Jesus was in Bethany. He was in the home of Simon, who had a skin disease. A woman came to Jesus with a special sealed jar of very expensive perfume. She poured the perfume on his head while he was at the table. When the disciples saw this, they became angry. “Why this waste?” they asked. “The perfume could have been sold at a high price. The money could have been given to poor people.” Jesus was aware of this. So he said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. You will always have poor people with you. But you will not always have me. She poured the perfume on my body to prepare me to be buried. What I’m about to tell you is true. What she has done will be told anywhere this good news is preached all over the world. It will be told in memory of her.” ‘ Matthew 26:6-13 https://my.bible.com/bible/110/MAT.26.6-13
Everyone get a piece of paper and a pencil. I want you to draw a picture of the story I am going to read.
Read the passage, give your kids time to draw the picture.
Tell me what’s going on in your picture?
Jesus says this woman is preparing Him to be buried, what does He mean by that? (PARENTS NOTE: remember in our last study Jesus said he was going to be crucified. The bible says that the disciples never really understood what Jesus meant by this, but this woman seems to understand.)
Do you think it’s important that a woman instead of a man was the one who understood Jesus? (PARENTS NOTE: at first, this question seems a little dated and sexist, but that’s because in the time Jesus lived, people were VERY sexist. It would be unthinkable to write a document that had women understanding something and the men – especially the men who are going to start a movement, not understand. We will see this dynamic again. What this tells us is that this document – Matthew, can be trusted as a historical document. This is something that actually happened, not just a nice story.)
SAY: This woman gave her very best to Jesus, we don’t know exactly how much this perfume would be worth, but enough that Jesus’ disciples got upset with her. What it tells me is that it’s important to give Jesus our best.
How can we, as a family, give Jesus our best? Let’s brainstorm some things we can do and then do them this week.