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other Scriptures which might have been made choice of. But I have so often Discoursed of that Subject which this Season and Occasion minds us of, that I scarce know what to add more on that Argument, than what I have already spoken. Besides, 'tis not necessary that I should always treat of those Scriptures that would confine me to speak of that Subject only. There will be something of that Nature before I have done, and those other matters which this Scripture will offer to our Confideration, may be as beneficial to as, unless we be wanting to our selves, by neglecting to apply and improve them. The words may be resolved into these three parts.
1. They give us an account of a very remarkable action of Mary. Then took Mary a pound of Oyntment, of Spicknard, very coftly, and anointed the Feet of Jesus, and wiped his Feet with her Hair, and the House was. filled with the Odour of the Oyntment.
2. We have a Narration of the offence that Judas took at this her action, and the exception that
he made againstit. Then faith one of his Disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's Son which should betray him,why was
i not this Oyntment Søld for Three Hundred
Pence and given to the Poor ? This he - Said, not that he cared for the Poor, but 3 because he was a Thief, and had the Bag, and bare what was put therein.
3. We have our Saviours Defence and Vindication of Mary, or his Apology for her. Then said Jesus, let her alone, against the Day of my Burying hath she kept this. For the Poor always ye bave with you, but me ye have not always.
Of these Parts in Order as they stand in the Text.
And 1. Concerning Mary's A&ion. Then took Mary a Pound of Oyntment, &c. 'Tis Questioned whether this were not that Woman concerning whom we Read, Luke 7.37. Which washed Christs Feet with her Tears, and wiped them with the Hairs of her Head, and kissed his Feet. Some have thought this Mary and that Woman to be the same, in Tegard the Action of the one agrees with that of the other, in some circumstances. But whether she was another Woman, or the same mentioned by St. Luke, this we are sure of, that her action was highly pleasing and acceptable to Christ; for besides the Defence he made for her, he adds, as 'tis recorded by the o
ther Evangalists, that this her action should in Honour of her be transmitted to all succeeding Generations. Verily I say unto you, faith he, wherefoever this Gospel shall be Preached in the whole World, there shall also this that this Woman hath done, be told for a Memorial of her, Matth. 26. 13. And so again
Mark 14. 9.
Now if you ask what it was that did so highly commend this A&ion to the acceptance of Chrift; I answer, it
Love to him, thus overflowing, and discovering it self in Expressions of an extraordinary nature. The fervency and height of her Love, put her upon such high ways of expressing it. She thought she could never do enough in manifesting the ardency of her Affection towards him, whom she so fearly loved, Wherefore,
1. She sticks not to bestow and spend upon him a Box of Oyntment, which Judas valued at Three Hundred Pence; yea, at more than Three Hundred Pence, as another Evangelist informs us, Mark 14. 5. Neither did Judøs over-value the Oyntment : Pliny tells us, that a Box of the best fort of that
Oyntment, such as this is said to have been, (for St. Matthew and St. Mark report it to have been very precious, and St. John very costly) I say, Pliny tells us that a Box of the best fort that kind of Oyntment, was sold for Three Hundred and Ten Pence that is, Roman Pence, not such as ours are; which according to the Learned Budæus his computation, amounts to Fifty Pounds of French Money. Sum to be expended, and poured out at once upon a Man's Body. But sinçere and great Love is not niggardly, but bountiful. It cannot endure to run in a low and shallow stream, but in a full current , it delights to rise above the Channel, and overflow the Banks upon special and extraordinary Occafions.
2. She poured it out upon his Head, says St. Matthew and St. Mark she anointed his Feet with it, saith St. John. There is no contradiction or inconsistency in these several Narrations ; she anointed both his Head and his Feet, though both are not mentioned by the fame Evangelists. St. Matthew and St. Mark reporting, that the poured the Oyntment on his Head, do not thereby deny that she also anointed his Feet; and St. John affirming that she anointed his Feet with it, doth not thereby deny that she also poured it on his Head. Her great Love was not satisfied with having poured it on his Head, unless she had also anointed his Feet. Neither did the superlative redundancy of her Affection to her Saviour stay there; she moreover wiped his Feet with the Hair of her Head. Great Love thinks nọ Expression full enough, no Condescension low enough, to discover it self by. Ohow full of Love to her deareft Lord and Saviour was this holy Woman! And how little Love to him have we ! She thinks nothing too much to be laid out upon him ; how many may there be amongst us who think nothing too little for him ? She is most freely willing to bestow Pounds upon him at once; we can hardly afford him so many Pence. She makes account nothing is better bestowed than what is spent upon Christ: many of us may be apt to judge it Money thrown away, saying with Judas, and those other Disciples whom he had leavened, To what purpose is this waste Matth. 26. 8.