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he steals into the story unbidden.   the encounter, this guilt-ridden woman
              Her presence is unwelcome. Her   had trusted the Lord and knew the joy of
        Sname is never disclosed. But this    being forgiven.
        most unlikely woman reveals to us the   Our story commences with the Lord in
        heart of a true worshipper.           the house of Simon reclining at dinner. In
          In a society which demeaned women   that culture, people ate reclining at a low
        and considered their testimony invalid,   table with their heads toward the table
        the Gospels present women as the great   and their feet extended outward. Our un-
        examples of true worshippers. To the   named heroine hears of Christ’s presence
        disreputable woman at the well in John 4,   and comes into the house to present her
        the Lord gave the great discourse on true   flask of perfume to Christ. It appears that
        worship. In John 12, in an act of pure devo-  when she sees Him she is overwhelmed
        tion, Mary anointed Christ’s feet for burial,   with adoration and begins weeping over
        as she alone anticipated His death. It was   His feet. She then wipes His feet with her
        women who funded the Lord’s ministry.   hair and pours the perfume on His feet.
        It was women who were first to the tomb   She begins to kiss His feet in a sign of
        on resurrection morning. So, in Luke 7 it is   complete devotion.
        an anonymous woman who demonstrates     In this simple act, she displays her deep
        what it means to truly worship Christ.     affection for Christ. Simon, however,
          Her past is shrouded in mystery. No   misreads her. He sees only a disreputable
        doubt her life once seemed promising   woman and utterly fails to understand her
        and full of hope. But wrong choices, bad   actions. So the Lord tells Simon a parable
        relationships, or perhaps misfortune had   to help him understand that her actions
        brought her a life full of emptiness, shame   were driven by intense gratitude for the
        and guilt. She was well known in the town   forgiveness of her many sins.
        for her lifestyle. Even the ultra-religious
        Simon knew she was a “sinner” (likely a   Let us notice, then, some principles of
        euphemism for her life of prostitution).   worship that this woman demonstrates
        She knew all about loneliness and rejec-  in living color.
        tion, but she carried with her the guilt of   Worship Flows Out of a
        her own sin.
          Then one day she met the Lord. His   Thankful Heart
        words were kind; His eyes reflected genu-  We  cannot  miss  the  main  point  of
        ine love. He was seeking out repentant   Christ’s parable that her actions were
        sinners to be forgiven. We are not told   driven by her appreciation for the magni-
        of the Lord’s earlier encounter with this   tude of her forgiveness. Her love reflected
        woman. No doubt He revealed that He   her appreciation of her salvation. The
        came to take away her sins. Whatever   greater our appreciation of the extent of

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