Updated: Aug 28, 2019
I mean.. let's just be honest! This is an awkward dinner party situation... Imagine this really great all-male Jewish dinner party...
The host has invited a very popular, powerful and influential speaker and teacher to his home for dinner. A very distinguished Guest of Honor. *think TEDtalk speaker under 33 yo*
THEN, this random woman (who is known around town to be "messy") comes through the door....UNINVITED!!!
She positions herself behind the Guest of Honor and begins to cry. Not a cute private cry 😢, but she is full on weeping😭. She cries with enough tears to clean his feet. Then, she wipes the Guest's feet with her hair, kisses them and rubs them with perfume. Imagine how physically close you have be to someone to wipe their feet with you hair?!
Everyone is watching.
A whole room of men watch this woman interrupt their private party to weep on their Guest of Honor.
Note: During this time, women were not highly regarded within the community.
They were seen as 2nd class citizens and
it was NOT cool for them to be alone at a party with a pious group of men
By now, the host is pissed😡🤬! His thoughts begin to question whether his esteemed guest is what he says he is. A prophet. Then, he proceeds to judge the uninvited woman, "She is a sinner!"😫.
Jesus Christ is this Guest of Honor and he responds to the host's thoughts...
Jesus:“Simon, I have something to tell you.”
Simon:“Oh? Tell me.”
Jesus: “Two men were in debt to a banker. One owed five hundred silver pieces, the other fifty. Neither of them could pay up, and so the banker canceled both debts. Which of the two would be more grateful?”
Simon: “I suppose the one who was forgiven the most.”
Jesus: “That’s right,”
(Luke 7:36-50 msg)
Jesus immediately uses a story to correct Simon (the host) and defend the unnamed, uninvited woman. Jesus looks right at her. He acknowledged her. He publicly defends her to the host and in front of an audience that is likely familiar with her lifestyle. He isn't upset at her or embarrassed for her. Jesus cherishes her actions. He cherishes her.
Jesus: Therefore I tell you, because her many sins have been forgiven, she has loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”
Jesus doesn't deny that she ISN'T a woman with a sinful life, He instead explains to everybody, she is a woman that has been forgiven. What we have here is this unnamed woman that does everything wrong that loves hard in contrast to a well-known host that does everything right and loves less. While everyone around in condemning the woman for her lifestyle, Jesus defends her, acknowledges her and pays attention to her. HE knows exactly who she is, what she has done and publicly loves her right back.
Jesus knows EXACTLY who we are, what we have done and loves us right back!