PARABLE OF THE TWO DEBTORS (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.
Thirdly, Jesus told Simon, "My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment." It was customary in those days to show honor by anointing a guest’s head. This woman chose a rare and most impressive way by anointing His Feet. By viewing instances in Scripture, there are some critical moments involving the anointing of the head such as the High Priest or in David’s case, it was tantamount to crowning him as king! Simon ignored the basic acts of hospitality and respect toward Jesus.
The woman’s actions on the other hand were filled with spiritual imagery. She allowed the oil of gladness to flow upon our Lord and expressed her spiritual joy. She realized that omitting the oil was a sign of mourning (Daniel 10:3), and it was impossible to mourn when the Bridegroom was present! Many today are wondering where the spiritual power and joy are in the church. Worship Him in spirit and truth as this woman with the alabaster box did and find out. Too many give the attention that belongs to God to men or women or themselves. As the parable declares, the ones who realize that them He has forgiven most will assuredly love Him the most!