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Geneva Notes/ Commentary on John 12:12-19

From the Geneva Notes

Joh 12:5
12:5 {1} Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence,
and given to the poor?

(1) A horrible example in Judas of a mind blinded with
covetousness, and yet pretending godliness.

Joh 12:7
12:7 {2} Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my
burying hath she kept this.

(2) This extraordinary anointing, which was a sign, is allowed
by God so that he may witness that he will not be
worshipped with outward pomp or costly service, but with

Joh 12:9
12:9 {3} Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was
there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that
they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the

(3) When the light of the gospel shows itself, some are found
to be curious, and others are found to be open enemies (and
these latter ones should be the least opposed to the
gospel): others fervently honour him whom they will
immediately fall away from, and very few receive him as
reverently as they ought to. Nonetheless, Christ begins
his spiritual kingdom in the midst of his enemies.

Joh 12:19
12:19 {4} The Pharisees therefore said among themselves,
Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is
gone after him.

(4) Even they who go about to oppress Christ are made
instruments of his glory.

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