Luke 7:36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat.
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,
Jesus was an invited guest of the proud Pharisee, but another person has come, uninvited, and unwanted by the Pharisee. A sinner woman has entered with a valuable gift. This is the way of the Pharisees to judge sinners and to despise them. But, the woman came to see Jesus, she knew his reputation, and hoped that she might find favor with him.
Luke 7:38 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.
She stood behind Jesus, tears falling as a fountain from her eyes, the Spirit of God had brought her to Jesus. Perhaps she was Mary Magdalene from which was cast out many bad spirits? (Mark 16:9)
She knelt down with tears bathing the feet of Jesus. She humbled herself, showing great love and respect to him. She kissed his feet, wiping the tears from his feet with her long hair. She anointed his feet with the fragrant ointment of great price. She gave herself completely in love and gave a most valuable gift to the one that she saw was the love of God. She did this willingly, facing the opposition and scorn of the religious Pharisee, she focused all her hope, all she was before the one she adored, the one who gave her hope.
Luke 7:39 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.
Luke 7:40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
Jesus knew the thoughts of the Pharisee and he knew the mind of God His Father, he speaks a parable:
Luke 7:41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
Luke 7:42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
Luke 7:43 Simonanswered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
Luke 7:44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
It was common courtesy for a servant to wash the feet of a guest entering the home. The Pharisee would not give Jesus even this basic service. He invited Jesus to dinner to find something to accuse him of. The Pharisees were envious of Jesus and sought to kill him.
Prov 15:17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. Jesus points out the beautiful way this woman treated him, such love with an open show of giving of herself totally to his honor.
Luke 7:45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
Luke 7:46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
2 Cor 13:12 Greet one another with an holy kiss.
The woman supplied what was missing in hospitality, giving much more of herself then was expected from the Pharisee. The Spirit of God is the heart of God, the woman was sent by God's Spirit. The law can only point out sins, the Pharisee was a critical law person.
Luke 7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
Luke 7:48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
Her sins were forgiven by the one who can forgive them. A beautiful story of a woman's love and sacrifice of worship being honored by our Lord.
Luke 7:49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
Those at the dinner did not know who Jesus was. Who is this that forgives sins, can raise the dead, can heal all illnesses and cast out demons? Unbelief would accuse him, faith will receive him. The woman left pure and saved from sin and death; their sins remained. They had evidence, this testimony is our evidence. Receive the truth and trust in Jesus, the only one who can forgive our sins.
Luke 7:50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
Faith in Jesus saves you from death and hell; receive what only Jesus can give, go in peace.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
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