the agitator – luke’s jesus 3

7:36-50 – prostitute anoints Jesus w/ oil in the Pharisees house

Similar theme to 5:27-39, except this time the clash between Simon’s insider/outsider mentality and the woman’s repentance is brought to the fore.
Jesus ministry subverts Simon’s categories of who is in or outside of the pale of God’s grace and healing.
There are a lot of ironies in this story
Simon does not accept Jesus’ authority, dishonors him by not granting basic hospitality (no water, oil, etc. vv. 44-45).
The woman has to violate purity etiquette (unclean, enters a Pharisee’s house) to give Jesus the lavish welcome Simon denied him.
Her actions, b/c she is a prostitute, could be interpreted sexually, as they clearly are by Simon (v. 39), but Jesus offers a counter interpretation: they are an expression of grateful forgiveness.
Jesus forgives the woman (note the undertone of Jesus trumping the temple here), and concludes by saying ‘your faith have saved/delivered you’ a phrase usually used of healing miracles (8:48, 18:42). Jesus has in mind not just her forgiveness, but her restoration into the community.

Luke 7:36 – 8:1  36 Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to dine with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.  37 And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume,  38 and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume.  39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner.”  40 And Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he replied, “Say it, Teacher.”  41 “A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  42 “When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?”  43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.”  44 Turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.  45 “You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet.  46 “You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume.  47 “For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.”  48 Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.”  49 Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?”  50 And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

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~ by tmackie on August 14, 2009.

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