THE WOMAN WITH THE ALABASTER BOX (Continued)
Scripture Reading: Luke 7: 36-50
36 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.
37 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,
38 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.
39 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.
40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
44 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.
45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
47 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.
48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
The simplest definition of alabaster is a white stone that is used to make vases and decorations (Merriam & Webster). A pure heart before the Lord opens heaven over the believer who then accesses treasure that is otherwise unavailable. This woman brought an alabaster box of ointment to Simon’s house to minister unto Jesus. In the Spirit, she not only ministered to the Man Christ Jesus, but also touched the One with the sharp sword with the two edges from Whom John received the message to the church at Pergamos (Revelation 2:12). The reader’s attention is invited to the Revelation 2: 12-17 because the key lies in verse 13. "I know thy works…"
How different this woman’s works were from that of Simon, the Pharisaical host! She held fast the Name of Jesus and did not deny His faith as Simon and was given the reward of the overcomer. Rev. 2:17 reads, "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it." His Alabaster for hers! The woman with the alabaster box gave of her white stone and received from Jesus the appointed white stone in its stead which included her new name. Name connotes nature and once Jesus forgave and saved her, her nature was changed indeed. He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.