Other Accounts of What You Read in Mark 14
Understanding the Scriptures
|Unleavened bread (vv. 1, 12)||Bread made without yeast and part of the Passover meal|
|Craft (v. 1)||Dishonesty|
|Alabaster (v. 3)||A precious and expensive substance|
|Ointment of spikenard (v. 3)||A precious cream that smelled good|
|Indignation (v. 4)||Anger or displeasure over something we think is not right|
|Three hundred pence (v. 5)||A year’s wages for a common worker|
|Betray (vv. 10, 18)||To turn against and deliver to the enemy|
|Testament (v. 24)||Covenant|
|Vehemently (v. 31)||With great feeling|
|Tarry (v. 34)||Stay and wait|
|Abba (v. 36)||A word that means “father”|
|Wist (v. 40)||Knew|
|Token (v. 44)||Sign|
|Rent (v. 63)||Tore (as a sign of being upset)|
|Buffet (v. 65)||Hit|
|Thy speech agreeth thereto (v. 70)||You speak with an accent like you are from there|
|Swear (v. 71)||Declare with an oath or promise|
Mark 14:3–9—A Woman Anoints Jesus with Ointment
John 12:3 tells us that this woman was Mary, the sister of Martha and of Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead (see John 11). This act of anointing with very expensive cream showed her deep respect for Jesus and was an act of worship. It was also a custom to anoint a body before it was buried. Jesus used this incident as an opportunity to tell His disciples again that He was preparing to give His life—a truth most of the disciples did not seem to understand or want to believe.
Mary Annoints the Feet of Christ, by Robert T. Barrett, © Robert T. Barrett
Mark 14:33—Why Was Jesus “Sore Amazed” and “Very Heavy”?
The suffering of the Atonement began in Gethsemane. President Joseph Fielding Smith explained: “There isn’t one of us … that hasn’t done something wrong and then been sorry and wished we hadn’t. Our consciences strike us and we have been very, very miserable. … But here [in Gethsemane] we have the Son of God carrying the burden of my transgressions and your transgressions and the transgressions of every soul that receives the gospel of Jesus Christ. … He carried the burden—our burden. I added something to it; so did you. So did everybody else. He took it upon himself to pay the price that I might escape—that you might escape—the punishment on the conditions that we will receive his gospel and be true and faithful in it” (Fall—Atonement—Resurrection—Sacrament [address at the Salt Lake Institute of Religion, 14 Jan. 1961], 8).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A or B as you study Mark 14.
How Much Do You Value the Savior?
In Mark 14:3–11 we read about two people who demonstrated how much they valued the Savior.
How did the woman’s actions show that she valued the Savior more than she valued her money?
How did Judas’ actions show that he valued money more than the Savior?
What are some of the ways in which you show that you love the Savior more than you love your worldly things?
“I Stand All Amazed”
In the hymn “I Stand All Amazed,” we sing of how amazed we are at the love Jesus offers us through His Atonement (see