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Luke 7:36-8:3

Luke 7:36-8:3 This may be one of the most well known stories in the gospels. However, in this familiarity, we can often overlook the deep and poetic beauty contained within. Let’s take a look together.

Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman

36When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37A 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. 38As 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.

Now, to understand what’s going on here, this story needs to be broken down into a few distinct elements. First, the people.

Jesus Jesus was a prophet. A man who has begun to make a name for himself around this region. A man who has begun to garner respect.

This is a man who has, at this time, a very steady number of disciples and even more followers, and this was a Rabbi who has accepted the invitation to attend the party of…

Simon the Pharisee

Now, not much is known about Simon, but we do know that he’s the host at this party and was most likely the owner of this house. It was Simon who had put this party together, and it was Simon who invited the guests.

Now, from what we read in this passage, it seems as though the jury is still out on what Simon thinks of this nomadic teacher from Galilee. He seemed conflicted as to who he believed Jesus to be.</