In John 12:3, the Bible tells how spikenard was used to anoint Yeshua, the pure and spotless Lamb, just days before His death and burial: “Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Yeshua, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil” (NKJV).
Mark 14:3 tells us of another woman who came, having an alabaster flask of very precious oil of spikenard, and she broke the seal and poured the oil on Yeshua’s head. Some of the disciples were very indignant with the “waste” of costly oil, as it may have cost this woman as much as a whole year’s wages. But Yeshua rebuked them and said she had done a good work, preparing Him for His death. For her deed would be remembered wherever the gospel would be preached.
As we desire to become the spotless bride of Messiah, we must walk in purity and love, burying our sins at the cross. With His life broken, He doesn’t leave us alone to “waste away.” Instead, the oil, symbolic of the inner working of the Ruach Ha Kodesh, has been poured out for us, so we can live a life that is rich with a sweet, heavenly fragrance. The compassion the bride showed for the blind man is a scent we should all emit. For it was the downtrodden the Adonai lavishly poured out His grace upon. Even others who may be spiritually blind will sense our adoration and reverence for our Bridegroom and experience a deep awareness of His presence.
And Yeshua said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor with you always, and when soever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. (Mark 14:6–7 KJV)