In all of our lives there are experiences that we might call “incongruous”! They happen at the most inappropriate moment; they could not have happened at a more undesirable place. Everything at that instant seems “why here?” There are many other locations for such an event to occur, but no, it happens in the house of a Pharisee!
Naturally, it was out of place for a Pharisee to invite Jesus to his house and then to recline at the table. It is impossible to comprehend how this woman would have entrance into the Pharisees home. All I can say is that it is what the Lord wanted, so He put the wheels in motion.
The woman heard where Jesus was, and she must have felt comfortable entering that home. Jesus was reclining, so she went to his feet. Remember, when she heard where He was located “she brought an alabaster vial of perfume. 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.”
You talk about a drama! What could have entered the minds of those present at this occasion! We do get the thoughts of the Pharisee who had invited Jesus: “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.”
Jesus responded to what Simon is thinking. “A money lender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denari, and the other fifty. When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?”
Simon answered and said, like most of us would have answered, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And Jesus said to him, “you have judged correctly.” He turned 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. You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume. 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.”
Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.” And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you: go in peace.” (Luke 7:36-48)
I doubt that more beautiful words have ever been spoken!
Recall what He said: “Do you see this woman?” No one who ever read this story will forget what Christ had said, and the question is there for all of us to behold, “Do you see this woman?”