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
There is alot going on in this story, first off notice Jesus was invited to the house of a Pharisee. As you may know a Pharisee , was a religious leader of Israel. So for this man to invite Jesus into his house, he either believes maybe Jesus is the Messiah or he is setting up a trap for Jesus.
Secondly, we see a woman, who is described as a “sinful” woman. Its funny when we read this as a Christian because we know we are all sinners, however this Pharisee believed he was righteous, he didn’t believe he was a sinner, which is the beginning of his problems. Anyway the sinful woman brought an expensive bottle of perfume and washed the feet of Jesus and wiped them with her own hair. She literally threw herself at the feet of Jesus, because she knows who he is and what she is
The third thing to understand from this is, this is a prophecy about The Lords death. Most people didn’t understand that the Messiah had to die for our sins, and this woman probably didn’t know that either. But her act of covering The Lords body in perfume , was a foreshadow of his death and memorial
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. And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. Luke 7:39-43
The Pharisee was appalled, “If you are a prophet, how can you let this sinful woman touch you” But Jesus was going to teach the Pharisee about Gods mercy! Jesus gave him a senario and compared sin as debt. As we know the wages of sin are debt! So Jesus said the one God forgives the most is the one who he loves the most. Christ was teaching the Pharisee about grace and mercy of God
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. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. 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. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.Luke 7:44-48
The Pharisee believed he was superior to the sinful woman, he believed he was more righteous and holy. However Jesus corrected him, this woman washed and anointed his feet, God forgives her sin because her love for God is greater. And Jesus did the unthinkable, he forgave the woman of her sin and saved her
Who does this Jesus think he is? Who can forgive sin but God alone? Jesus is demonstrating his deity, he is revealing he is God in the flesh (John 1:14) and the New Covenant has come Amen!