Tuesday, April 2, 2013

TFBT: Just a Question. Did They Remember His Words?

Easter Service was gorgeous.  The kids in the brass band played great.  Pastor was on a roll.  The pews and railing were covered with quilts for charity.  Everyone wore bright colors and the sun shone through the stained-glass windows.  Here was some of the scripture:

(Luke 23:55-56) “And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulcher, and how his body was laid.  And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.” (Mark 16:1-2) “And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.  And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun.”

I am taking an on-line course from Harvard via edX; “The Ancient Greek Hero”.   So immediately Iliad 23:184 comes to mind; …the daughter of Zeus, Aphrodite, kept dogs from him (Hector’s body) by day alike and by night, and with oil anointed she him, rose-sweet, ambrosial”

Aphrodite’s intent was to preserve the body from further decay and damage until a proper funeral.  John 19:40 explains that when the Lord’s body was entombed they, “wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.”  Martha worries about the smell in her brother’s tomb after he’d been dead four days (John 11:39) 

So what were Mary Magdalene, Mary and Salome planning to do?  How were they going to roll the rock away?  Why preserve a “buried” body that already had been decomposing for a day and a half?  Unless, unless they remembered His words, remembered how He spoke to them when He was yet in Galilee, saying, “The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”  Their reaction in scripture does not support it, but is it possible that they believed in the resurrection?  That they believed enough, hoped enough, that they wanted to preserve the body for its momentary reanimation? 

 Just a question.

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