Was it Martha’s sister Mary or Mary Magdalene who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and dried them with her hair?
It takes a little of detective effort to piece together the facts about the numerous Marys referenced in the gospel accounts. The scenario you cite is particularly perplexing since there are four separate narratives with differing specifics in each of the four gospels, making it difficult to follow the narrative. A lady who is not identified is mentioned in both Mark and Matthew as anointing Jesus’ head with either nard or ointment. An anonymous woman “who was a sinner,” according to Luke, washed Jesus’ feet with her tears, anointed them with ointment, and dried them with her hair before he was crucified.
Only in the gospel of John is the woman referred to as “Mary of Bethany.” Having said that, none of the narratives indicate that Mary Magdalene was involved in any way.
Perhaps it was Mary, Martha’s sister, or perhaps it was another lady whose identity will remain a mystery to us for the rest of our lives.
Bible Gateway passage: Luke 7:36-50 – New International Version
Jesus accepted an invitation from one of the Pharisees to have dinner with him, and he went to the Pharisee’s home and sat down at the table with him. 37When a wicked woman in that town discovered that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she went there with an alabaster jar of perfume in her possession. When she was crying, she stood behind him at his feet and proceeded to soak his feet with her tears as she stood behind him. Afterwards, she cleaned their faces with her hair, kissed them, and sprayed them with perfume.
- “Tell me, teacher,” he demanded emphatically.
- One owing him five hundred denarii, while the other owed him fifty denarii.
- “Which of them will be more in love with him now?” 41″I presume the one who had the larger loan forgiven,” Simon responded.
- 44After upon, Jesus turned toward the woman and asked Simon, “Do you see this woman?” The door opened and I walked into your home.
- 45You did not give me a kiss, E)”>(E)but this woman has not stopped kissing my feet since the moment I walked through the door.
- 47As a result, I assure you that her numerous offenses have been forgiven, as seen by her tremendous affection.
- 48 Afterwards, Jesus remarked to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.” G)”>(G)49 “Who is this person who even forgives sins?” the other guests began to speculate among themselves.
50 “Your faith has saved you,” Jesus told the lady, and he instructed her to “(H)go in peace.” ” I)”>(I)Read the entire chapter
- Jesus accepted an invitation from one of the Pharisees to have dinner with him, and he went to the Pharisee’s house and sat down at the table with him. A lady in that town who led a wicked life knew that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, and she went there with an alabaster jar of perfume in her possession. When she was crying, she stood behind him at his feet and proceeded to soak his feet with her tears as she stood behind him at his feet. Then she kissed them and sprayed them with perfume after wiping them with her hair. If this man were a prophet, C)”>(C) he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” 39When the Pharisee who had invited him witnessed this, he thought to himself, “If this man were a prophet, C)”>(C) he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” 40Jesus said, “Simon, I have something I want to tell you.” Then he said, “Tell me, instructor.” 41 “A specific moneylender owes money to two individuals. One owing him five hundred denarii, while the other owed him fifty centimeters of silver. 46They were unable to pay him back since they lacked the financial means to do so. So, one of them is going to be the one that loves him the most? 41″I presume the one who had the larger loan forgiven,” Simon responded. 42 According to Jesus, “you made the right decision.” He then turned to face the woman and asked Simon, “Do you see this woman?” 44 The door opened and I walked in. However, she soaked my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair, despite the fact that you did not provide any water for my feet, D)”>(D). Despite the fact that you did not give me a kiss, E)”>(E)but this woman has not stopped kissing my feet since the moment I walked in. F)”>(F)although she has poured perfume on my feet, you did not apply oil on my head, F)”>(F) 47Because of her enormous affection, I can assure you that her numerous misdeeds have been forgiven. Those who have received little forgiveness, on the other hand, are fond of little.” 48 G)”>(G)49 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven. “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” the other guests began to speculate among themselves. 50 “Your faith has saved you
- H)”>(H)go in peace,” Jesus remarked to the lady after she had prayed. Full chapter may be found by clicking on “I)”>(I)
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- She lived at a period in which males were reported to have expressed gratitude to God on a daily basis for not having been born female.
- Not only that, but she had embraced an unmentionable vice for such a long period of time that it had become a part of her personality.
- It’s possible to hear ” prostitute” in whispers.
- Take a left at the crosswalk.
- There will be no greeting.
- Simon the Pharisee was familiar with her.
In the event that this man were a prophet, he would have realized who and what kind of lady was touching him, because she is a sinner.” Despite this, she had undergone a transformation.
What drew this type of women to this location?
She came for Jesus, and she came prepared to receive Him as her Lord and Savior.
What led her to learn about Jesus?
Did she overhear someone mention that he cured the sick and demon-possessed (6:18) in the marketplace?
She must have been aware that he was “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (7:34), because there is no other explanation for her rash decision.
She kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment as she stood behind him.
What gives her the right to touch the Holy One?
No, God’s kingdom is not for the arrogant; rather, it is for the humble in heart (6:20).
It is intended for tax collectors and sinners alike (15:1-2).
The return of the prodigal (15:11-32).
She, on the other hand, did not appear to contradict incorrect doctrine.
And the members of her body that had before been offered up to sin as instruments of unrighteousness were now being offered up to him in his service, which she desired (Romans 6:13).
Simon welcomed Jesus into his home, but he did not welcome him into his heart, and he did not extend the most fundamental act of hospitality.
Here was this who and what type of lady, leaning over Jesus’ filthy feet, washing them with her tears and tenderly wiping his feet with her hair, in stark contrast to the previous scene.
Simon was considered superior to Mary in every manner, but Jesus saw what was in their hearts (Luke 2:35).
You didn’t give me a kiss, but she hasn’t stopped kissing my feet since the moment I walked through the door.
What could possibly elicit such extravagant displays of affection and adoration from this woman?
Simon had something to say to Jesus, and Jesus wanted to share it with him.
When they were unable to pay, he cancelled the debts of both of them.
Her transgressions against God were numerous, yet God himself bore the burden and discharged her debts.
– they were absolved and forgotten.
“Consequently, I declare that her offenses, which are numerous, have been forgiven – because she loved greatly.” And her love was the beautiful flower that bloomed from the seed of heavenly forgiveness that she had sown in her heart.
Then he told her, “Your crimes have been forgiven.” Later on, people present at the meal with him began to speculate among themselves, “Who is he, and who even forgives sins?” they wondered.
Most likely, they were making fun of Jesus’ implied claim to be the moneylender, or God himself, in his teachings.
Please accept my thanks, but no thanks; they could pay for it themselves.
The self-righteous who prayed, “God, thank you that I am not like this wicked lady,” could not find justification in Christ’s sacrifice.
(See Luke 18:9-14 for further information.) In response, Christ told the woman, “Your faith has saved you; depart in peace.” The Pharisees were more scandalized by Jesus’ comments than they were by this woman’s background.
His statements, on the other hand, were accurate. It was God’s kingdom that she was seeking, as well as people like her, via God’s mercy. Us. More from our “The Women Jesus Loved” series may be found here.
A Sinful Woman Washed Jesus Feet
In the first reading for today’s mass, Paul instructs the disciples to set a good example for others by their words and behaviour, and to put into practice what they have learned through the public reading of scripture, sermons, and teachings they have received in their lives. What Paul taught his followers in the first reading for today’s mass is reinforced by the story of a wicked woman who washed Jesus’ feet today in the gospel of Matthew. There is significant discussion over who this immoral lady is, but many believe she is Mary Magdalene, who was crucified beside Jesus.
- She serves as a role model for us in a variety of ways.
- Words are simply words if they are just heard and not performed in a meaningful manner.
- This is the overall message of the first reading.
- We may pick up on a variety of different facets of it, such as the attitude of the Pharisees when they witnessed this wicked lady demonstrate a very public gesture of love for Jesus.
- Perhaps this wicked lady who washed Jesus’ feet was able to show her emotions, but the disciples were unable to do so.
- There are a lot of us who are like that as well.
- Feelings can be tough to cope with at times, and it is sometimes preferable to avoid being emotionally engaged.
What is truly astounding is that Mary, despite the fact that she was a known sinner, couldn’t care less about what others thought.
For some of us, what other people think of us is really important.
This is a very essential lesson for those who find it difficult to interact with others who are critical of them.
It is important to know what Jesus Christ thinks of you.
In today’s narrative, Mary had grown to love Jesus so much that she just did what came naturally to her and didn’t give a damn about what others thought.
The Pharisees, on the other hand, clearly mistook it for something else.
It is quite simple to become distracted from the things that are truly essential from time to time.
She had grown to love Jesus, and it was a real love on her part.
Her tears might possibly have been caused by the fact that she had grown to adore Jesus and had never known what true love was before meeting Christ.
She may not have realized her own human dignity and self-worth until she encountered Christ, who demonstrated to her that she was worthwhile in both God’s and her own sight.
He saw that she did not comprehend the true meaning of genuine love at the time.
Regardless of what you have done in your life, every human being has been created in the image and likeness of God Himself, and so is precious and cherished in His sight.
In our lives, Jesus is able to see through all of the layers of the events that have occurred and the sins that we have committed to get to the heart of the problem, to the heart of what is wrong.
So many times in our lives, we make mistakes due to a lack of knowledge or understanding.
Jesus has the ability to clear up any misunderstandings we may have about ourselves or others, and to put things back in their proper perspective. If we are willing to make a change, we have already taken the first step towards healing. Catholic Saints and Sinners is a collection of books.
The Unnamed Woman With the Alabaster Jar
As far as our perceptions of Bible women go, how did we go from sinner to whore? This harsh phrase is used solely to draw attention to the false dichotomy that has been given to Bible women, and it is not intended to imply that any woman should be subjected to this name.) Luke 7:36-39 describes a lady who approaches a house where Jesus is eating with her damaged and crying body. Using her hair to wipe the oil and tears off his feet, she anoints them with a kiss. The males in attendance are talking about her as if she isn’t even present.
With reference to the mystery woman’s character in our contemporary environment, it is simple to interpret her as “promiscuous.” Christians have historically had a proclivity to read Bible women’s non-specific sin as sexual immorality, and female promiscuity is frequently inferred from the text without any support from the text itself.
- Sometimes Bible professors go beyond suggestion and assert categorically that the anonymous lady was unquestionably a prostitute—again, despite the absence of any specific scriptural proof to support their claim.
- A footnote in the NASB refers to her as “immoral,” and there is a great deal of discussion about her character.
- Mary, whose brother Lazarus was ill, anointed the Lord with ointment and washed His feet with her hair, was the Mary who did all of this” (John 11:2).
- Because Luke’s Gospel does not include a chronological account of Jesus’ life and career, it is plausible to assume that event occurred later in Jesus’ mission than previously believed.
- According to some academics, the unidentified lady’s position as a sexually disgraced woman, a prostitute, is so unquestionable that the unnamed woman in Luke 7 must be a distinct woman from the Mary who appears in John’s comparable account.
- On two different occasions, Jesus was invited to a Pharisee’s home for supper by his host.
- On both instances, Jesus was invited by a Pharisee who went by the name of Simon.
It’s not unreasonable to speculate that two women anointed Jesus with oil at some point during his life.
In Luke’s tale, the nameless lady is thought to be a prostitute, however in John’s version, she is identified as Mary.
Examine Mary in further detail.
She then went back to her place of grieving.
Then he requested that he be transported to Lazarus, who he then revived from the grave.
But then she witnessed the miracle of Lazarus’ resurrection, something she will never forget.
She performed a great act of faith by breaking a pricey container of perfume and anointing Jesus with it.
She washed his feet with her own hair, which was a wonderful act of remorse on her part.
When Jesus allowed such a “sinful lady” to come close to him, Simon, the Pharisee, became embarrassingly ashamed.
Jesus, on the other hand, challenged Simon about his preconceived notions about Mary.
During the time when Jesus was carried off the crucifixion and put in a tomb, “Mary Magdalene and another Mary, who was sitting across the grave, were present” (Matthew 27:61).
She was poised and ready to anoint her savior once more.
Not only was the believer who anointed Jesus before his execution a nameless woman with no prior criminal record, but she also had a history of sexual transgression.
It is not honest to cast another woman in that part since we are having difficulty reconciling two different versions of the same woman.
No, she had a specific objective in mind: to anoint her savior.
In the same way as Mary did, women can gain knowledge at the foot of the Messiah.
And when we fall short and miss the actual nature of Jesus, we may come to him without feeling guilty.
This is the third installment of a series of articles examining what Christians have been taught about women in the Bible.
Read part 1 of Rahab’s story. Deborah the Judge and Jael the Just are featured in Part 2 of The Righteousand. Read Female and Male in Four Anointing Stories for additional information on this subject.
Anointing of Jesus – Wikipedia
Mary Magdalene is typically represented holding an ointment jug, an allusion to Jesus’ anointing with the oil of gladness. Several occurrences, including the anointing of Jesus’s head and feet, are reported in the four gospels. The events described inMatthew 26, Mark 14, and John 12 take place on theHoly Wednesdayof Holy Weekat the house ofSimon the LeperinBethany, a village in Judaeaon the southeastern slope of theMount of Olives, and he is anointed byMary of Bethany, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, according to the accounts.
Aside from the honorific anointing with perfume, which appears in other writings from the historical period, using long hair to dry Jesus’ feet, as described in John and Luke, is not documented anywhere else and should be viewed as an unusual gesture.
As a symbol of the Anointing of Jesus, Mary Magdalene is typically shown holding a vessel of ointment. Several incidents, including the anointing ofJesus’s head and feet, are described in the four gospels of the Bible. According to the accounts recorded inMatthew 26, Mark 14, and John 12, the event takes place on theHoly Wednesdayof Holy Weekat the house ofSimon the LeperinBethany, a village in Judaeaon the southeastern slope of theMount of Olives, and he is anointed byMary of Bethany, who is the sister of Martha and Lazarus.
Aside from the honorific anointing with perfume, which appears in other writings from the historical period, using long hair to dry Jesus’ feet, as described in John and Luke, is not documented anywhere else and should be viewed as an extraordinary gesture.
Locations where women are claimed to have anointed Jesus in some fashion, according to legend The events in the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and John all take place at Bethany, a hamlet in Judea. The Gospels of Mark and Matthew specifically mention that it took place at the home of Simon the Leper. As recorded in Luke 7:36, Jesus had been invited to supper at the home of Simon the Pharisee, who had invited him. Thispolis (which may be rendered in English as ‘town’ or ‘city’) was Nain, according to the preceding tale of theRaising of the Son of the Widow of Nain (Luke 7:11–17), which makes it apparent that this wicked woman was residing in the town/city (Greek: v têi pólei) where Jesus was staying.
The nameless location where Mary and Martha dwell in Luke 10:38–42, on the other hand, is referred to as a ‘village’ (Greek: kómé) in verse 10 of the same chapter.
As a result, most modern scholars agree that the sinful woman in Luke 7 lived in Nain, while Luke 10’s Mary lived in a village somewhere else in Galilee, and John 11–12’s Mary lived in Bethany, Judea.
In conclusion, the hosts who welcome Jesus into their home appear to be four distinct persons in each of the four stories: Simon the Leper is a fictional character created by author Simon the Leper.
Simon the Pharisee, Mark and Matthew, and others Luke 7, Martha in Luke 10, and Lazarus of Bethany in John 11–12 are all examples of biblical characters.
Mary of Bethany
The city of Bethany is mentioned as the setting for the accounts in Matthew 26, Mark 14, and John 12. The lady is referred to as Mary in John’s gospel, and she is the sister of Martha and Lazarus. The criticism levelled at Mary for carrying out the activity is that she used an expensive ointment that might have been sold and the earnings donated to the needy instead of utilizing it. According to the Gospels in Matthew, Mark, and John, Jesus associates the anointing with preparations for his burial, since he will be killed not many days later.
The sinful woman
Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, is identified as the lady in John. In the Gospels of Mark and Matthew, she is not identified. The wicked lady in Luke’s account is an unknown character. Since Luke 7 reveals that Jesus was ministering in the northern districts of Nain and Capernaum, it is reasonable to assume that this event took place in that region. The woman employs tears, as well as perfume, to make her point. The criticism thrown against Jesus in this tale is that he allowed a sinner to come close to him.
Because of confusing or missing details between the authors’ versions of numerous events in the Gospels, readers and academics have come up with a variety of alternate interpretations. Generally speaking, the tales are believed to be separate occurrences, yet they have been jumbled in some instances, leading to the belief that Mary is a prostitute. A contributing factor to this is the existence of a number of women named Mary in the New Testament, which has resulted in the interpretation of Mary of Bethany as Mary Magdalene.
At all four, there is a setting in a house for a supper, a woman, and costly perfume being put on Jesus, to which someone takes exception.
In Matthew and Mark, the house belongs to Simon the Leper, however in Luke, the house belongs to a Pharisee called Simon.
There are just a few small changes in the basic messages conveyed by the accounts in Matthew, Mark, and John, such as “The poor will always be with you” and “She put perfume on my corpse beforehand to prepare for my burial.” In Luke, however, statements on hospitality and forgiveness of sins are recorded that are not seen in the other gospel narratives.
The gospels of John and Luke diverge from Matthew and Mark in that they report that the anointing is applied to the feet rather than the head. It has been suggested that Luke is speaking about an altogether separate occurrence as a result of this, according to some. According to J.K. Elliott, “it is largely acknowledged among academics that all four narratives refer to the same occurrence.” All four evangelists adapted the tale to their own “.theological, and dramatic purpose.”, utilizing oral and written traditions to express their “.own apologetic purposes.”, according to him, explaining the discrepancies.
When her tears began to fall on Jesus’ feet, she wiped them with her hair, according to the gospel writer.
It is possible to argue that this tale could not have taken place only a few days before the crucifixion because of the various events that followed in Luke’s gospel, but this cannot be proven.
The woman’s conduct has historically been connected with Mary Magdalene, despite the fact that there is no biblical source that identifies her as such (she is mentioned by name for the first time, immediately following this episode, at the beginning of Luke chapter 8).
Another point of contention is the meaning of “the poor you always have with you.” While some have criticized Jesus’ response as indicating a lack of morality, others have argued that, given his impending crucifixion, he is simply explaining that what was done was not a choice between two moral acts, but a necessity, and would be no more criticized in Jesus’ day than a modern man purchasing a coffin for a loved one, even though there are poor who could be fed instead of According to author Kurt Vonnegut in his autobiographical novelPalm Sunday, he had been called to preach onPalm Sundayin 1980, and he chose the Gospel of John’s versionof the anointing as his text.
It was because he had “seen so much un-Christian irritation with the poor spurred by the citation” that he decided to do so; he questioned the translation, claiming it lacked the mercifulness of the Sermon on the Mount, and used the occasion to give his own translation of the passage.
When Mark has Jesus anticipate that this narrative would always be recounted in remembrance of a lady whose name escapes him, it must be an accidental irony on his part.”
- Christ’s feet are anointed by Mary Magdalene. The Ointment of the Magdalene, an illuminated book from around 1500. (Le parfum de Madeleine). James Tissot, about 1900
- James Tissot, ca.
- Foot washing, Chrism, and the life of Jesus in the New Testament are all included.
- Christ’s sacrifice on the cross
- The life of Jesus as recorded in the New Testament
- Teresa J. Hornsby, “Anointing Traditions,” in The Historical Jesus in Context, edited by Amy-Jill Levine, Dale C. Allison Jr., and John Dominic Crossan, Princeton University Press, 2009, ISBN 140082737X, 9781400827374, google books
- Hornsby, Teresa J., “Anointing Traditions,” in The Historical Jesus in Context, edited by Amy-Jill Levine, Dale C. Allison Jr., and John Dominic
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11 Forz you’ll always have the poor with you, buta you’ll never have me with you.
13 Truly, I say to you, whereverc thisgospelisproclaimedinthewholeworld, what she has done will also be remembered in her honor.”
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
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However, you will not always have me.
9 And really, I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the entire globe, what she has done will be remembered.”
A Sinful Woman Forgiven
36u One of the Pharisees approached him and invited him to join him for dinner; he agreed and went to the Pharisee’s house to accept the invitation. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment,38 and standing behind himathisfeet with tears in her eyes began to wet thisfeet with her tears and wipe them with the hair of her head, kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment.
- One owed five hundred and fifty denarii, while the other owed fifty.
- Nowwhichofthemwilllovehimmore?” 43 Simon responded, “I’m assuming it was for this person that he forgave the greater debt.” Andhesaidtohim,“Youhavejudgedrightly.” 44 ThenturningtowardthewomanhesaidtoSimon,“Doyouseethiswoman?
- .45f You offered me a kiss, but she hasn’t stopped kissing my feet from the moment I arrived.
- 47 As a result, I tell you that her crimes, which are numerous, are forgiven—because she was greatly loved.
49 Then those who were seated at the meal with him started to ask among” href=” f1-“>1themselves, “Who is he, who even forgives sins?” 50 “Your faith has rescued you,” Jesus told the woman, “and now depart in peace.”
Mary Anoints Jesus at Bethany
36u One of the Pharisees approached him and invited him to join him for dinner; he agreed and went to the Pharisee’s home to accept the invitation. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment,38 and standing behind himathisfeet with tears in her eyes began to wet thisfeet with her tears and wipe them with the hair of her head, kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment.
- They each had one-hundred-and-fifty-denarii in debt.
- 42b Nowwhichofthemwilllovehimmore?” The answer from Simon was, “I’m assuming,theone for whom he was able to discharge the higher loan.” Andhesaidtohim,“Youhavejudgedrightly.” 44 ThenturningtowardthewomanhesaidtoSimon,“Doyouseethiswoman?
- You gave me a kiss, but she hasn’t stopped kissing my feet since I arrived.
- Because of her great love for me, I can inform you that her crimes (of which there are many) are forgiven.
- 49 Then those who were seated at the meal with him started to ask among themselves, “Who is he, who even forgives sins?” 50 “Your faith has rescued you,” Jesus told the woman, “and I am going in peace with you.”
A Sinful Woman Washes the Feet of Jesus
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The following is the suggested emphasis:Jesus has the ability to pardon our sins.
Simon, a Pharisee, extended an invitation to Jesus to dine with him at his home. Simon did not extend to Jesus the ordinary acts of hospitality that were customary at the time, such as kissing him on the cheek and washing his feet, as was expected.
During the supper, a sinful woman entered Simon’s home and bathed Jesus’ feet with her tears and dried them with her hair, according to the gospels. She repented of her misdeeds, and Jesus accepted her repentance and forgiveness.
The Pharisees were a legalistic sect that frequently felt that they belonged to an elite society. When it came to following the Old Testament Law and the various unwritten customs, they were quite rigid. Many of the Pharisees Jesus encountered were hypocrites in the manner they adhered to the religious regulations, as Jesus discovered (Luke 7:30). Simon was a Pharisee who invited Jesus to his home for a lunch, which he graciously accepted. In verse 49, we learn that there were additional visitors in addition to Jesus.
- Simon should have offered Jesus water to wash his feet, as would have been expected according to common courtesy at the time.
- Simon should have kissed his guest on the cheek and anointed his head with oil before welcoming him.
- It seems unlikely that individuals would have sat at a table on chairs to consume a meal in the first century.
- It would have been standard practice to recline on the cushions rather than sit on them.
- The legs and feet would be oriented toward the exterior so that people could sit close together without their feet getting in the way or getting in the way of the meal being served.
- The alabaster jar would have been circular with a long neck, as seen in the illustration.
- It would have been unthinkable for a lady to come into contact with a Pharisee.
She was most likely a prostitute, according to the evidence.
If Jesus had been concerned about his reputation in the same way that the Pharisees were, he would have refused to allow this woman to get close to him.
It wasn’t enough to just follow the Old Testament Law to the letter.
In his treatment of this woman, he shown genuine concern and affection.
Her heart appeared to be soft, and she expressed a desire to escape the wicked life she had been leading.
He appeared to be just concerned with the controversy that was taking place.
Jesus was able to read his thoughts.
Because of her remorseful attitude, Jesus demonstrates to this lady in front of this significant guy and other important guests that she was valuable in his eyes. Only God has the ability to pardon sin. By forgiving the lady, Jesus demonstrated his divinity. top
Way to Introduce the Story:
Bring a thick towel and a basin of warm water to class with you. Wash the soles of the children’s feet. As you’re doing this, think about how people used to go about in sandals when they were outside. Talk about the dirty or muddy streets where animals used to stroll about on them. Before they ate, they always cleansed their hands and their feet with soap and water. After all, who wants to dine in the presence of someone’s smelly feet? People sat on cushions surrounding low tables, which meant that you were often sitting extremely near to other people’s feet.
You could then either wash your feet yourself or have a servant do it for you, or if you were a really important visitor, I would even wash your feet for you personally.
In today’s tale, Jesus was invited to a lunch at the home of a close friend.
I’m not sure who the Pharisees were. Pharisees were devout folks who enjoyed following a large number of regulations. They complied with all of the requirements of the Old Testament Law. Not only that, but they also complied with all of the regulations that other religious people had imposed on them. The Pharisees were so preoccupied with following the laws that they forgot to think about God. They believed that all of the laws were more essential than God himself. They believed that rules were more essential than individuals, as did they.
- Simon, a Pharisee, was introduced to Jesus.
- When Jesus arrived at Simon’s house, he was not greeted with a kiss by Simon.
- When Jesus asked for fragrant oil to put on his head, Simon did not offer it.
- Simon was dining with a number of other extremely prominent visitors as well.
- Simon, on the other hand, had not invited her.
- This was a woman who had a history of terrible behavior.
- What made you believe she was there?
She was well aware that Simon would not assist her.
She was well aware that Jesus was able to forgive her of her sins.
She felt so guilty for her mistakes that she broke down and sobbed in front of the group.
She did not have a towel, so she dried the soles of Jesus’ feet with her long hair.
Simon couldn’t believe what he was witnessing at the time!
How could Jesus allow her to even get close to him, let alone wash his feet?
“Jesus can’t possibly be a genuine teacher.” Simon, on the other hand, did not speak a word aloud.
Jesus had the ability to read Simon’s thoughts.
“Once upon a time, Simon,” Jesus explained, “two men borrowed money.
After some time had passed, the lender informed the guys that they were not required to repay him.
Which of the gentlemen, do you believe, had the greatest affection for the money lender?
“He would be madly in love with the lender.” The woman’s situation was similar to that of the man who owed 500 denarii.
Therefore, she was really grateful to Jesus for forgiving her.
This woman has kissed and scrubbed the soles of my feet. “After that, she rubbed oil on them.” “I forgive you of all of the sins you have committed,” he said to the woman. “At this point, you can depart in peace.” Do you have any ideas about what happened after that? top
Ways to Tell the Story:
I’m not sure what the Pharisees were like. They were pious guys who enjoyed following a slew of regulations and were known for their strictness. Everything in the Old Testament Law was followed to a T. They were completely obedient. And they didn’t just follow the laws that other religious people set up; they followed all of them. It was because the Pharisees were so focused on following the laws that they lost sight of God. Their belief was that all of the regulations were more essential than the existence of God.
- Everyone who did not follow the rules, just like them, was despised by them.
- Jesus was asked to lunch at Simon’s house.
- Despite Jesus’ request, Simon did not provide water to wash his feet.
- Whatever the case, Jesus sat back on the cushion.
- Simon’s residence was visited by another individual.
- The individual who came in did not share Simon’s enthusiasm for following regulations.
- No one could deny that this woman was a sinner.
Simon did not get a visit from the immoral lady, though.
‘I’m sorry for what I’ve done,’ she expressed regretfully.
Meanwhile, everyone else was eating, a lady approached and kneeled on the floor in front of Jesus, begging him for forgiveness.
Her tears were used to wash the feet of Jesus when she noticed that they had not been cleansed.
Her next step was to take her jar of perfume and place it on Jesus’s feet.
“How can this woman come into my home!” he said to himself.
What part of obeying rules did Jesus not understand?
In his head, he was thinking about these things.
So he came up with the idea of sharing a tale with Simon.
Neither one borrowed more than 500 denarii, and neither one borrowed more than fifty denarii (denarii is a kind of money).
They have the option to keep the money in their possession.
“The man who owed the most money would be the happiest,” Simon explains further.
Throughout her life, she had committed several sins.
“Simon, you invited me to your home, but you did not kiss my face, wash my feet, or apply oil to my head, as you should have done.” Jesus continued.
This woman has kissed and bathed my feet. I’m in a good mood today. After that, she rubbed oil into their skin. “I forgive you for all of the sins you have committed,” he said to the woman. After that, you may go about your business.” In your opinion, what occurred after that? top
- What was the name of the Pharisee who welcomed Jesus to his home to lunch with him and his family? I’m curious, Simon, who was it that washed Jesus’ feet at Simon the Pharisee’s house? A lady who has sinned
- What method did the lady use to wash Jesus’ feet? Why did the wicked woman wash Jesus’ feet with her tears and dry them with her hair? What was she thinking? Simon had neglected to wash them. In addition, she expresses gratitude to Jesus for forgiving her sins.
- I’ve Got Peace Like a River Song, and I’ve Got Peace Like a River Song
- For further possibilities, please see the Song Page on this website.
Learning Activities and Crafts:
“I’ve Got Peace Like a River Song” is a song about having peace like a river. More selections may be found on the Song Page of this website.
- In a washable paint container, combine perfume, spices, or vanilla essence (like tempera paint). Spread a small coating of paint on the soles of children’s feet and use the paintbrush to create footprint images.
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Luke 7:38 As she stood behind Him at His feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears and wipe them with her hair. Then she kissed His feet and anointed them with the perfume.
New International Version (New International Version) During the time she remained behind him at his feet sobbing, she began to soak the soles of his shoes with her tears. Afterwards, she cleaned their faces with her hair, kissed them, and sprayed them with perfume. New Living Translation (New Living Translation) Her tears streamed down her face as she knelt behind him at his feet. Her tears landed on his feet, and she swept them away with her hair to keep him from crying. After that, she continued to kiss his feet and apply perfume on them.
- Berean Study Bible (also known as the Berean Study Bible) In the midst of her grief, as she stood behind Him at His feet, she began to moisten the soles of His shoes and wipe them with her hair.
- The Literal Bible of the Bereans .
- The King James Version of the Bible Her tears streamed down her cheeks as she stood at his feet, behind him, and proceeded to wash his feet in tears, wiping them with the hairs off her head, kissing and anointing his feet with ointment.
- stood at His feet behind Him, crying; and she started to wash His feet with her tears, wiping them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.
- Her tears fell on His feet as she stood behind Himmat His feet, so she began to moisten His feet with her hair of her head, and then she began kissing His feet and anointing them with perfume.
- NASB 1995 As she stood behind Himmat His feet, crying, she started to wet His feet with her tears and continued to wipe them with the hair of her head, kissing His feet, and anointing them with perfume.
- The Christian Standard Bible is a translation of the Bible in the Christian tradition.
She gently washed the soles of his feet with her hair before kissing them and spritzing them with perfume.
She kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil as she cleaned them with the hair of her head.
She kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment as she stood there grieving.
Her hands were on the soles of his feet, caressing them and anointing them with oil.
With tears streaming down her face, she began washing his feet with her tears and wiping his feet with her hair.
The Bible of Douay-Rheims And from behind him, at his feet, she proceeded to wash his feet with tears, wiping them with the hairs of her head, kissing his feet, and anointing them with the ointment she had brought with her.
Afterwards, she wiped his feet with her hair and kissed them before spritzing them with perfume.
With her tears streaming down her cheeks, she proceeded to wash his feet and dry them with her hair.
Standard Version in its literal sense .
The New American Bible is a translation of the New Testament into English.
Afterwards, she kissed them and anointed them with the ointment after wiping them down with her hair.
As she stood behind him at his feet, sobbing, she began to soak his feet with her tears as she stood behind him at his feet.
Revised Standard Version (New Revised Standard Version) With tears in her eyes, she stepped behind him at his feet and began to bathe his feet with her tears, then drying them with her hair.
The New Heart English Bible is a translation of the New Heart Bible.
Weymouth The New Testament is a collection of writings that were written during the years of ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad she drenched His feet with her tears while standing near to His feet and wiping the tears away with her hair, all the while gently kissing His feet and pouring the perfume over them as she stood behind Him close to His feet sobbing.
- The English Bible for the Whole World She began to soak his feet with her tears as she stood behind him at his feet, wiping them with the hair of her head, kissing his feet, and anointing them with the ointment as she stood there.
- after standing behind him, beside his feet, sobbing, she proceeded to wet his feet with tears, washing them with the hairs of her head, kissing them, and anointing them with the ointment she had brought with her.
- Context Jesus is anointed by a sinful woman.
- 38As she stood behind Him, weeping, she began to wetHisfeet with her tears and wipe them with her hair, as he stood there.
- 39 After noticing this, the Pharisee who had invited Jesus thought to himself, “If this guy were a prophet, He would know who she is and what type of lady is touching Him—because she is a sinner!”.
- Luke 7:39 (NIV) If this guy were a prophet, he would know who this lady is and what sort of woman is touching Him—because she is a sinner!
- John 11:2 (KJV) In order to anoint the Lord with perfume and clean His feet with her hair, Mary, whose brother Lazarus was ailing, was assigned this task.
While crying, she stood at his feet behind him and proceeded to wash his feet with tears, wiping them with the hairs off her head, kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment.
Blessed are those who grieve today, for you will laugh later.
It came to pass, when the angel of the LORD spoke these words to all of Israel, that the people lifted their voices and wept.wash.
Genesis 18:4 (NASB) Allow a little water to be brought to you, I beg you, and wash your feet before you retire to the shade of the tree: Jesus’ words in John 13:4,5 He gets up from his dinner and takes off his clothes, then wraps himself in a towel and puts on his belt.
Ecclesiastes 9:8 (Ecclesiastes 9:8) Let thy clothing to always be white, and allow thy head to never be without ointment.
Because of the fragrance of thy excellent ointments, thy name is asointment poured forth, and the virgins adore thee for it.
While a feast of the sort described above was taking place, it was customary in the East to leave the court-yard of the house open, and there was nothing to prevent someone who had not been invited from entering even the guest-chamber.
When we read the narrative, we must keep in mind where our Lord is in the story.
– The woman’s soul may have been a muddled mess of many distinct feelings.
It should be emphasized that the phrase “wash” implies a “shower” of tears, which is correct.
The deed, the sobbing, and the aroma of the ointment, all drew attention, without a doubt.
And she stood at his feet behind him, sobbing, and started to wash his feet with tears, wiping them with the hairs from her head, kissing his feet, and anointing them with the ointment she had brought with her.
She had, without a doubt, been one of his listeners for some time before that morning, when she most likely made the decision to approach him.
She had been informed that he would be attending a banquet in the home of wealthy Pharisee Simon.
She stood behind him, listening intently to the sweet words of forgiveness and reconciliation, the pleading invitation to all heavy-laden, sin-burdened souls to come to him for peace, which she had been listening to with such eagerness in the previous days; and, in the manner of slaves with their masters, she wiped the tear-wet feet with her long hair, which she had evidently loosed for this loving pleading; and, as she stood behind him, listening intently to the sweet words The ointment’s aroma was what first attracted the host’s attention to this sight of sadness and genuine penitence in the first place.
Commentaries that run in parallel.
she took a step back στᾶσα(stasa) Active – Nominative Feminine – Aorist Participle – Verb – Aorist Participle – Aorist Participle – Aorist Participle – Aorist Participle – Aorist Participle – Aorist Participle – Aorist Participle – Aorist Participle – Aorist Participle – Aorist Participle – Aorist Participle – Aorist Participle – Aorist Participle – A SingularStrong’s 2476 is as follows: A shortened version of the fundamental stao stah’-o; to stand, which is employed in a variety of contexts.
behind He is (opis)AdverbStrong’s 3694:Behind, after; behind, rearward; backwards Taking the same form as opisthen, but with the addition of an enclitic of direction; to the rear, ie, Aback atπαρὰ(para) In the prepositionStrong’s 3844, the following are the definitions: from, beside, in the presence of; alongside of.
The reflexive pronoun self, which is used in the third person as well as the other persons, is derived from the particle au.
‘Foot’ is a fundamental term.
Indeterminate affection; to sob, i.e.
She began by saying ἤρξατο(ērxato) The Aorist Indicative Form of the Verb Third Person (Middle – Third Person) SingularStrong’s 756 is as follows: Let’s get started.
in order to wetv (brechein) Present Infinitive Verb – Present Infinitive Verb ActiveStrong’s 1026 is as follows: Rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain.
Hisαὐτοῦ(autou) Strong’s 846: He, she, it, they, them, the same.
feetπόδας(podas) In the Strong’s 4228, the foot is used as an accusative masculine plural noun.
withτοὺς(tous) Strong’s 3588:the, the definite article, is an accusative masculine plural form.
Strong’s 3588: The, the definite article.
tearsδάκρυσιν(dakrysin) a tearStrong’s 1144: a noun in the dative neuter plural.
and(kai)ConjunctionStrong’s 2532: and, even more importantly, specifically.
SingularStrong’s 1591: To wipe (off), wipe (off) completely is an idiomatic expression.
withταῖς(tais) Article – Dative Feminine PluralStrong’s 3588: Dative Feminine Plural The article is capitalized like the definite article.
Hair, trichos, and other genitive cases of unknown etymology; trichos, etc.
She kissed him on the cheek κατεφίλει(katephilei) The verb is in the third person and is imperfect indicative.
From kata and Phileo, a sincere kiss is exchanged.
The reflexive pronoun self, which is used in the third person as well as the other persons, is derived from the particle au.
‘Foot’ is a fundamental term.
include all inflections of the feminine he and neuter to; the definite article; the.perfume.
Noun – Dative Neuter SingularStrong’s 3464: Noun – Dative Neuter Singular Anointing oil, anointing ointment ‘Myrrh,’ which is a perfumed oil, is most likely of foreign origin.