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The Whore At God’s Feet

The Whore At God’s Feet

The Wednesday before the cross, Jesus, and his disciples were guests of honor at Simon’s house. Simon was a former leper whom Jesus healed. He was wealthy and prestigious, and so to show his gratitude, he threw a party to honor Jesus and celebrate his new life.

At the party, there was a woman who made things uncomfortable.

She approached Jesus carrying a very expensive perfume. The filled the room with a scent that would have caused everyone to stop their mirth and zero in on what was going on with this woman and Jesus.

To their shock, they would have seen the woman fall to her knees crying. Not even a soft cry either—she was full on sobbing with many tears running down her cheeks. She was sobbing. She was kissing his feet. She was pouring out the expensive perfume on Jesus’ ugly, crusty feet. And she was drying them off—because of course her tears and perfume were soaking up his feet—with her hair!

It would’ve been a strange, and perhaps even horrific scene.

Imagine it—an itinerant man from a bad neighborhood with a questionable reputation and a woman with the whore tag engaged in this very loud, very inappropriate, and very intimate interaction.

Do you really think you wouldn’t have judged Jesus and the woman?

The crowd at the party certainly did.

It was scandalous.

The whole house began to murmur. Simon’s Pharisee friends started gossiping. And Judas judged the woman’s behavior harshly.

It was wasteful. Inappropriate. Unbecoming. Excessive.

She was not the person who should approach a prophet much less the Messiah.

And none of this was the “right way” to honor Jesus.

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My wife is a dog lover, and she has sucked me into the Dog World. The other day we followed up on a Craigslist ad for Giant Schnauzer puppies because those are one of the breeds I love. We drove all the way out to the fringes of Chattanooga. When we got inside the home, we immediately regretted our decision. The home was dirty. There were poop stains everywhere. And as much as we tried to focus on the puppies and enjoy them, we couldn’t because all of
them were sticky with their own urine and poo.

We left the home caked in grossness.

I was ready to burn my clothes.

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There are times when I feel like that about my soul.

I feel foul and ready to disappear.

Do you know this feeling? It’s the kind of internal sensation that won’t go away no matter how many times I shower or how hard I scrub my skin.

So polluted and so contaminated that you’re certain God would never want you to approach
Him—much less worship Him.

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Jesus must’ve sensed the judgment in the room.

He rebuked those who judged the woman’s act of worship as wasteful and excessive.

The Son of Man can only be found for a limited time. This woman was making the most of her
window of opportunity and for that, she should be commended—not judged.

And to everyone question why He would receive worship from this kind of woman in this kind of way, He asked one simple question.

Have you ever been forgiven?

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As recorded in the gospels, this is an incredible scene that reveals intuitive yet difficult-to-
receive truths.

We find that society’s dirty people can come to God, and they will be welcomed.

We encounter a God who forgives the things humans cannot.

And we discover that the worship of the forgiven often looks wasteful, excessive, inappropriate, and unnecessary to church people who have long ago forgotten how much Jesus forgave them.

Bryant Rodriguez

Hey! I'm Bryant Rodriguez. I like to think a lot. Currently, much of my thinking goes towards my work as a social media strategist for McKee Foods. (Basically, I try to make Little Debbie go viral). When I am not working, I spend a lot of time thinking about how to cultivate healthy spirituality in the 21st century. And sometimes the thoughts take shape and make their way to The Haystack.

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