Encounters with Jesus: Receiving God's Love and Forgiveness by Christina Patterson

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Encounters with Jesus: Receiving God's Love and Forgiveness
Series: Encounters with Jesus
Christina Patterson
Luke 7:36-50

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When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. – Luke 7:36 NIV

Verse 36 | Our study opens with Jesus being invited to eat at a Pharisee’s house named Simon. A Pharisee was a religious leader, like a Pastor or Bishop today. He was trusted to devote his entire life to learning and teaching God’s Word. Since Jesus, a mere carpenter who had just started His ministry, was also teaching God’s Word and gaining a following I can imagine Simon’s interest in Jesus. Maybe that’s why he invites Jesus over. 

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. – Luke 7:37-38 NIV

Verses 37-38 | While Jesus is eating at Simon’s house a woman enters. It was culturally normal for Jesus to be reclined and laying down to eat. So when she enters, she would have had easy access to his feet. Normally Jesus would have had His feet washed once he entered Simons home. This would have been necessary since feet would get dirty from the sand and dust in this region of the world and most likely he was wearing sandals. So this woman washes Jesus’ feet with her tears, she wipes them with her hair, and anoints them with some very expensive perfume. Now, this was not just any woman. This woman was notorious for her sinful life. She was so notorious that it was known among the entire city that she was into some pretty bad stuff. We do not know exactly what that was but for her to have such a reputation either she did a lot of that bad stuff and could not hide it or she got to the point where she just did not care anymore. But today, something changed with this woman.

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. – Luke 7:39

Verse 39 | I’m sure this woman knew she had a bad reputation. If the religious leaders, like Simon, were aware of her sin how much more was everyone else. So she must have been really bold, to walk in Simons house knowing she would not be welcomed by him. And she was right. In verse 39 we see Simon’s negative thoughts about the entire situation. He knew she was a sinner but now he questions the authenticity of Christ for even being near this woman. I think it is interesting that Simon did not send the woman away. Why did he not kick her out once she walked through the d ...

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