“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. 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, 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” (Luke 7:36-38 KJB).
This woman was a sinful woman. The text rightly shows she was, and many scholars claim she was a prostitute. Not only that, but in the middle of her affection, it says in the book of Mark that many people who were present “rebuked her sharply.” Have you ever been rebuked sharply by people who were esteemed more than you? These men in the room were the elite of the elite.
What’s amazing to me is that she is in the presence of a Pharisee, a great spiritual leader of that time. She was not invited to the home of this man. No, she just heard Yeshua was there. She boldly enters the room and falls to her knees. It would have been one thing if she just would have gone over and washed his feet. Yes, it would have been one thing if she would have walked over to the basin and poured out some water and took a towel and began to clean the dirt. But she didn’t do that.
This woman caused a scene!
Her tears washed his feet and then she dried them with her hair. Can you see her weeping? Can you hear her cries for forgiveness as she rubs her hair over his feet? Can you remember that moment when you had to get to an altar, and you didn’t care who was in the room?
She poured out a bottle of savings that was worth a year’s wages.
Her critics exclaimed, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor?
Do you think it was only her they criticized? Of course not.
The host says to himself…”This man if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that touches him: for she is a sinner” (Luke 7:39 KJB).
The greatest prophet that ever lived was sitting at this Pharisee’s table having dinner, but he couldn’t see that. However, he could see what manner of a woman, this woman was. But he couldn’t see her heart.
Yeshua said, “… her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. but he who is forgiven little, loves little” (Luke 7:47 ESV).
Forget the critics in the room!
The people in the room had their eyes on a woman, whom they deemed “a sinner” and the woman in the room had her sights on a KING. Who or what are our eyes on?
Photography by Ândrēw Yīsrâ’Ęl