Weekly Devotion 270 – Choices


It is no accident that the story recorded in Matt. 26:7-9 of the woman and the alabaster jar filled with exquisite perfume that she lavishly anointed Yeshua’s head with, is immediately followed by Judas Iscariot’s betrayal. The former symbolises how the alabaster jar of our lives must be broken to release the precious fragrance of our love for Him. The latter, in stark contrast, is all about furthering personal agendas: “What are you willing to give me (said Judas) if I turn Yeshua over to you? They (chief priests) counted out thirty silver coins and gave them to Judas.”

Life is all about making choices and whereas none of us always make ones that are good, God is primarily concerned that we cultivate a close relationship with Him with all our imperfections than leaving Him far behind with hollow expressions concealed in religious acts that invariably end in regret and disappointment.

The woman who was an outsider entered the company of Yeshua and became immortalised for her one act of supreme abandonment: shocking, politically incorrect, in an open demonstration of complete brokenness and contriteness of heart – staggering humility. Even Heaven stood on tiptoe and gasped in wonder! What kind of love was this! Unbelievable! 

Judas Iscariot, an insider, became immortalised for an entirely different reason; his single act of treachery. Sadly, his name became etched in the annuls of  eternity as a synonym for betrayal. 


Raphael ben Levi