mary-washing-jesus-feet-1-GoodSalt-prcas4612.jpg

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.~Psalm 23:5

Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman

(Luke 7:36-50)

36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[a] and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

 


When Jesus was invited to Simon the Pharisee’s home, it was not because Simon liked Jesus.., but more so to have the chance to scrutinize Him more closely..   Simon was a Pharisee and 98% of all the Pharisees thought Jesus was nothing more than a young heretic.   They didn’t trust Him, and many feigned interest in Him so as to trap Him on something.    Jesus knew this beforehand.,   and as the Son of Man, it was not a source of comfort for Him to recline and eat sourrounded by those with a critical spirit watching His every move.   The atmosphere in Simon’s home was one of spiritual arrogance and silent scorn towards Jesus.. without words, spoken but He could feel it more than anyone with His keen spiritual senses.  You could cut the icy reception toward Him with a knife.

It is an extremely hard thing to accept an insincere invitation from someone who you know doesn’t particularly care for you, to eat at their home, surrounded by other critical souls who scrutinize you with scorn..  it is like being surrounded by wolves waiting for their attack.  He was totally disregarded while the other guests were treated with courtesy.   Jesus is the Son of God, but He is also the Son of Man too., and His sensitivity to hostile atmospheres,  and negative vibes is far more keener than the rest of us…    He knew when He was despised… and the scriptures don’t say that He was with any of His disciples in that pharisee’s home.  He was alone .. He felt alone except for the Father and Holy Spirit’s presence with Him.     The atmosphere around Him from Simon and the other guests was probably more colder and icier than if He had been entertained in a meat locker.    His soul was deprived of any comfort , but out of obedience to the Father, He remained in their presence..     then the Father provided Him someone to warm His heart in the midst of that coldness..

A woman with a sinful reputation who was seeking Jesus, discovered He was at this pharisee’s home, and with all the courage she could muster, she was compelled to enter where He was, … though un-invited, and express her gratitude for this new hope she found in Him.   This new forgiveness she received that she never knew was possible before.    Jesus’s nature is a gentle humble, non-assuming nature of the Holy Spirit.   He didn’t ask for this woman to come into Simon’s home and give Him such honor before all of the other teachers,   but He also did not turn her away..  His heart was consoled and touched by her sincere expression of love.. and it was a consolation to Him after experiencing the coldness of heart from Simon and all of the guests there who had little or no regard for Him.  He knew that any kindness shown to Him was as though also doing the same to the Heavenly Father.

Though this act of love from this woman was a beautiful act of consolation for Him.. in the midst of His enemies., (Psalm 23:5)  It cost Him any approval He might receive from Simon and the other Pharisee guests who further scorned Him after He told her “your faith has saved you, go in peace”.   As Son of God, Jesus is Who He is.  As Son of Man, this beautiful act cost Him any approval from the others in that room that day.. but Jesus never desired the approval of man.. He desires only to please the Heavenly Father…   cost what it may to His great heart. ♥

This woman was un-invited yet she invited Jesus into her heart.    Jesus was physically invited into this pharisee’s home, but Simon did not invite Jesus into his heart as this woman had.

 

Advertisements