Sitting at Jesus’ Feet
- The posture of submission
- it may initially look like one is waiting to serve, however
- It really is the posture of one waiting to be served by the Lord.
- Sitting is a passive posture <> crouching, stooping, standing, leaning, etc.
- Feet symbolize authority:
- Deut 2.5; 11.24; Josh 1.3; Ps 122.2
To fall at someone’s feet means reverence: 1Sam 25.24; 2 Sam 22.39; Esther 8.3; Acts 10:25
Rev19:10; Acts 22.8 Angel refuses to let John fall at his feet because he was not worthy of worship
Demonic man was found sitting at Jesus’ feet
There’s a place in God’s heart for those who look as tho’ they want a blessing:
- Jacob was really a swindler..but he got the blessing of Isaac.
- Gen 27 & Heb 11.20
Esau said, "Isn't he rightly named Jacob [a] ? He has deceived me these two times: He took my birthright, and now he's taken my blessing!" Then he asked, "Haven't you reserved any blessing for me?" Gen 27.36
Romans 9:12-14 (New International Version)
12not by works but by him who calls—she was told, "The older will serve the younger."[a] 13Just as it is written: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."[b]
- The Shrewd manager was scandalous, but the Lord commended him.
- Elisha (2 Kings 2):
Mary therefore took a pound of pure nard, very precious, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.
Pure nard ...
Spikenard was a perfume highly prized by the ancients, and was produced from Nardostachys jatamansi, a small plant (which is) a native of the Himalaya Mountains. F4 The high cost derived partly from the transportation of it thousands of miles from India to Jerusalem. There were "cut" varieties of it, but this was expensive pure nard itself.
- Mary’s understanding/epiphany of who Jesus really was, caused her to sacrifice & serve
Sitting at Jesus’ feet makes us deadly to the plans of the enemy:
- Mary’s devotion to Jesus caused her to position herself thusly
- Others jostled Jesus as they jockeyed for position
- Mary wanted Him....They wanted to be connect with Him.
- Her posture showed that she understood both His Lordship and her servanthood
- Her posture caused her to observe things that others were too busy to notice
- Her devotion to Christ did not begin with the miracle of Lazarus.
- Her devotion → serious choices
- Financially (nard was imported 1K miles away from India) = Annual Salary
- Socially= It was inappropriate for her to take her hair down to was Jesus feet. This would change the way others viewed her.
Mary was extravagant with her faith and devotion!