SIMON’S OBJECT LESSON (Continued)
Luke’s Gospel gives further insight into the heart of this woman with the alabaster box. "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 7:37-38."
This woman, a sinner, came in faith to do unto the Lord a good work and receive from Him a Good Work. Her humility is readily evident by the position she assumed, her weeping, and her gestures. With a pure heart poured out, her tears were sufficient to wash his feet. With no external aids such as cloths, she used her entire being in humility unto our Lord. With her hair or her glory, she wiped His Feet, and with her lips of praise she kissed them. After giving every bit of her soul unto Him, she employed the precious ointment to anoint Him for His Burial. Jesus would later refer to her actions as love.
Regardless of the situation, remain spiritual in heart and thought. The host, Simon, received a powerful object lesson from this woman but misinterpreted it. Jesus ensured that Simon got the spiritual lesson, and we all can learn from it. "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. Simon represents a believer who is totally unaware of whom he is or what he has in Christ Jesus. Although his name means hearing and he has been healed of leprosy, he was not walking in the power of his deliverance. It happens too often today when believers choose to be religious rather than spiritual. Simon challenged the fact that Jesus is The Prophet simply because He allowed the woman, the sinner, to express her love for Him so openly. Our Lord was fulfilling His mission in that the whole need not a physician but the sick. Sin is sickness. And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. To his credit, Simon was willing to listen to Jesus.