Öğrenciler bunu görünce kızdılar. "Nedir bu savurganlık?" dediler. "Bu yağ pahalıya satılabılır, parası yoksullara verilebilirdi."And, today's words:
- Öğrenmek -- to learn.
- Öğrenci -- a learner. Öğrenciler -- learners.
- yok -- nothing.
- yoksullar -- those who have nothing.
- savurgan -- prodigal, extravagant.
Jesus reproved them for misunderstanding the significance of this act of worship. "Don't worry, you'll always have poor people around to help. But you won't always have Me with you like this."
Interesting how that works. Yes, we must help the poor. The fact remains, however, that the demand for charity, for free goods, will always exceed the supply. When a government decides, for example, to dump a few more billion dollars into "poverty" programs, the supply of poor people increases to meet the demand. In 1973, America had the moon. Politicians decided they'd rather buy poverty -- and we have a lot more hopeless poor people among us now.
Utlimately, the only way to truly feed the poor is at the table of the Lord. When poor people begin attending church, sit under the teaching of the Bible and modify their behavior to fit in with the new crowd, they usually cease being poor within a few years. When Jesus fed the multitudes, in John's account, they showed up at synagogue the next day to demand another free meal. They were more interested in what Jesus could do for them, then they were in what He required of them.
Ultimately, our "food" is to do God's will. The rest falls into place when we get that right.