Monday, June 7, 2010

My Alabaster Box

My Alabaster Box

Alabaster was very expensive in Bible times, and if a person bought an alabaster box, it was only used for very important Alabaster historically was a symbol of purity and great honour purposes.

These boxes were of alabaster, which in ancient times men made hollow to put in ointments: for some write that alabaster keeps ointment without changing it in any way.

Luke 7:37 "And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment," VS 38 "And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. VS 39 "Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner."

Jesus proceeds to to tell them what the truth is, the Pharisee expresses disgust that such a woman, who, a sinner, should be allowed to do such a thing, Christ rebukes him and points out that since the woman has entered, she has done nothing but minister to him while the Pharisee, whose name is Simon, has done nothing. He then turns to the woman and pardons her of all her sins for her great devotion.

It is the receiving vessel, into which the Holy Spirit pours and the individual can be transformed. Here it is filled with ointment. The woman is not just washing Christ but ANOINTING him. And remember that the word Christ means 'Anointed One'. Can we do the same for Jesus, may we be anointed by him, and in return anoint him with our honor, our worship, and our adoration. This is such a wonderful story in God's holy word, we were at that Revival all last week, a couple of nights one of the ladies sang Alabaster Box, it is heart touching, and breaks your heart, I spent many hours in tears last week, God truly touched my heart, and this song is one of the most anointed songs I have heard in a very long time. Oh that you could all hear it, has anyone ever heard it, or am I just behind times, so I did a search and come up with this. I hope you can get this UTUBE to play and hear it as well as sing along with it, get your hankie, you will be in tears, I promise...

Alabaster Box the Lyrics


The room grew still as she made her way to Jesus
She stumbles through the tears that made her blind
She felt such pain, some spoke in anger
Heard folks whisper, there's no place here for her kind.
Still on she came, through the shame that flushed her face
Until at last she knelt before His feet. And though she spoke no words
Everything she said was heard, As she poured her love for the Master
From her box of Alabaster.


And I've come to pour my praise on Him like oil from Mary's Alabaster Box
Don't be angry if I wash His feet with my tears and I dry them with my hair.
You weren't there the night He found me.
You did not feel what I felt when He wrapped His love all around me.
And you don't know the cost of the oil in my Alabaster Box.


I can't forget the way life used to be. I was a prisoner to the sin that had me bound
I spent my days pouring my life without measure.
Into a little treasure box I thought I found. Until the day when Jesus came to me
And healed my soul with the wonder of His touch.
So now I'm giving back to Him all the praise He's worthy of .
I've been forgiven and that's why I love Him so much.


And I've come to pour my praise on Him like oil from Mary's Alabaster Box
Don't be angry if I wash His feet with my tears
And I dry them with my hair, my hair.
You weren't there the night Jesus found me. You did not feel what I felt
When He wrapped His love all around me. And you don't know the cost of the oil
Oh, you don't know the cost of my praise. You don't know the cost of the oil
In my Alabaster Box.

Hope you can listen to it.


Dee said...

I was unable to hear the video on my computer but I read the words and like you said it is beautiful. I will try later to see if I can hear the video.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great post, Barbara.... C.C. Winans has a gorgeous voice, doesn't she? I have herd that song before --but it's been awhile... Thanks for such a great post.

Farm Chick Paula said...

That was so beautiful Barbara! And the video was wonderful- I enjoyed hearing her sing that song!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Beautiful song! Thanks for sharing. I have always loved that story of washing Jesus' feet and drying them with her hair. Great post. Love & blessings from NC!

Barbara said...

I was just listening to that song again, and it still brings tears to my eyes, thank you for all your precious and appreciated comments, I so love to reply to you all, and let you know how much each of your friendship mean to me, God bless you real good, and so happy you are enjoying this blog, may we always bring God honor here, to God be the glory..amen..Hugs

Samantha said...

Very nice post, thank you for sharing and being a blessing to me today !

A Gardner's Cottage said...


I tried to leave a comment yesterday but I am having a hard time with blogger sooooo I am trying again. First I wanted to let you that I just love to come here and visit! Not only do I get a hug but I get to feast on the Word! Our pastor is doing a series on Titus and has been camping on the Titus 2 woman. You remind me so much of what that woman looks like today. Thank you for being such an example to all of us!

Yes, I have heard that song before and it brings tears to my eyes every time, LOVE IT.

Ok, now that I have written a short novel on your comment section I will let you go.

By the way thanks for the very sweet comment you left me today!

Ok, now I will let you go! Have a great evening and I will be checking in to see what's cooking this week.

Sending you a hug!

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elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Our tears, our worship, our love, our best.

Nothing less for our Jesus.

What a precious reminder and what a beautiful song. It's always been a favorite of mine.


Lynda Young said...

This is the second time recently I've read a devotion based on the alabaster box. I love the way God speaks to us and through us.

Thank you, Barbara

Terri said...

That is one of my favorite songs and C.C. Winans sings it beautifully!

Linda said...

Hi Babara,
Love you post today-very interesting and enjoyable.You are a blessing.
Wonderful video!!

Anonymous said...

This painting is one that I choose to hang in the ladies room of my office. I've always liked the way the artist portrayed the emotion of the woman with the alabaster box.
I was thinking that since Christ is "in" us and we are "in" Him (John Chap. 17), the Anointed One anoints us and we anoint Him.
Lovely post and beautiful song. Thank you so much for ushering in the beautiful presence of the Holy Spirit this morning as I visited here.

cambray said...

Hello how are you doing

Musings Of A Gem said...

Hi Barbara!

Great post : ) I hope all is well!

Gemma @ Musings of a Gem


Rebecca said...

Thank you for visiting, Barabara (my Momma's name).

Not only do I LOVE CC but that song is amazing. I've never heard of it before.

I grew up Nazarene and my daddy is a preacher-man. He is very ill now with Alzheimer's :....( but reading your post made me remember something from when I was a wee little girl.

For all the years I grew up my father had a paper box on top of his dresser (it was white and gold) with a little slit on the top. It held his Alabaster Offering, meager though it was. We always struggled to make ends meet and I didn't know then how much that offering of his meant until I was many years grown....

Thanks for the sweet, sweet post and for taking time to remind us all that unselfish giving, though sometimes difficult, takes us straight to the heart of Jesus.

Love to you...Rebecca

Deborah said...

I finally got it to work!
Years ago we had a camp meeting where one of the messages was about the alabaster box. My son got saved that week, so the alabaster box has special meaning for me. Years later I wrote a song called "She Loved Much."

Charming's Mama said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I absolutely love that song, makes me tear up every time.