The Good News – Tears of Cleansing upon Messiah’s Feet

   And one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat.
   And see, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Yahushua sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of perfume. And standing behind, at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and wiping them with the hair of her head, and was kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume.
   And when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This One, if He were a prophet, would know who and what kind of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”
   And Yahushua answering, said to him, “Shim’on, I have somewhat to say to you.”
   And he said, “Teacher, say it.”
   “A certain creditor had two debtors. The one owed five hundred pieces of silver, and the other fifty. And when they were unable to repay, he forgave them both. Which of them, then, shall love him more?”
   And Shim’on answering, said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”
   And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.”
   And turning to the woman He said to Shim’on, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house – you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wetted My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, but she has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume.”
   “Therefore I say to you, her many sins have been forgiven, because she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, he loves little.”
   And He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.”
   And those who were sitting at the table with Him began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
   And He said to the woman, “Your belief has saved you. Go in shalom.”

Exposition

 This portion of the Chronological Order of the Good News is found in the gospel of Luços (Luke) 7:36-50. It highlights the meeting of Yahushua and a Pharisee named Shim’on (Simon) and a woman whom washed the feet of the Messiah with her tears and wiped His feet with her hair. What a beautiful picture of repentance: getting down on your face, bowed low to the Messiah, knowing that you are not worthy to look him even in the eye, and performing what may considered a humiliating act because its all you have to give. Messiah seeks all of His sheep to come back to him. Like the woman, we must humble ourselves before the Master, and realize that we are not fit to loosen the strap from His sandals. May He have compassion upon us and forgive us in the day of Judgment as He did this woman. May we learn to love Him the way He deserves – wholly, without reservation, with a contrite heart! Shalom Aleichem.