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"The Immoral Woman..."

Posted on September 19, 2018

In Luke 7:36 and following we have the story of the prostitute who washed Jesus’s feet with her hair and tears. Simon the Pharisee and his buddies didn’t appreciate the woman crashing their party with Jesus.


To make sure the reader knows, Luke lists some thing that the woman brings into her encounter with Christ and the Pharisees. This woman was a prostitute. She was also a seductress. She anoints Jesus’ feet with perfume she also uses to ply her trade. She was an emotional mess. She just stood at Jesus’ feet and wept uncontrollably.


Luke writes: “When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet (one who supposedly knows the heart/mind of God), he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is sinful and immoral.”


Luke continues in verse 44: “Then Jesus turned toward the woman and said to Simon (the Pharisee), “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.


47 “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much.”

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”


Hmm? Perplexing.


How many verbal requests did she make? How many prayers did she pray? How many liturgies did she recite? How many Bible verses did she reference? Did she know that Jesus was the Son of God?


She didn’t utter one word!  There is not one syllable that would give definition to a “moment of salvation.” So how is it that she is saved?

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