The sin of not being thankful
Luke 7: 36-50
When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them …
Jesus was invited to a Pharisee’s house
There was no greeting kiss – a polite customary acknowledgment.
There was no washing feet – which was mandatory before a meal
There was no olive oil – for a refreshing welcome
This was intentional offence, there was no appreciation, no thanks for coming, it created an immediate tension.
In this public meal where anyone was free to come and watch, there is a woman who has somehow been taken into prostitution. That day she had met Jesus and heard his teaching. She had heard that God loved her. This message so impacted her life that when she heard Jesus would be at this evening dinner she just had to be there no matter what people thought.
She watches how Jesus is treated, no thanks, no appreciation, no gratitude and she runs. She kisses his feet and looks up and sees eyes that do not condemn and she cries her tears and they fall on his feet, she lets down her hair and wipes them. She has an alabaster jar full of perfume, maybe it was what she used for her trade. She pours perfume on his feet.
Simon the Pharisee stands aghast with total unbelief that Jesus cannot see that this is a sinful woman.
Jesus tells a simple story and the message is simple:
The one who is forgiven much loves much.
The one who is forgiven little loves little.
There is a forgotten sin. The sin of not being thankful.
Lips that will not kiss.
Knees that will not bend.
Eyes that will not weep.
Hands that will not serve.
Perfume that will never leave the jar.