In ancient Israel it was customary for the guests of the house to provide water to wash the feet of those who enter. Walking on dusty roads with open sandals people carried a lot of dirt and dust on their feet. The hosts were permitted to add a drop of perfume to this water of cleansing to enhance the cleaning.
However the incident recorded in the four gospels (Matthew 26:6–13; Mark 14:3–9; Luke 7:36–50; John 12:1–8) indicate that there was a whole jar being used to wash/anoint Jesus’ feet. This was considered wasteful.
Were the disciples confused by Jesus’ teachings on carrying for the widows and the poor? Were they confused between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law? Whatever their focus was Jesus stands up for the woman. He sees the heart.
But what caused the woman to shed tears at Jesus’ feet. What caused her to use her hair to wipe away those tears and anoint Jesus with the perfume. Was she emotionally grateful for something Jesus had done for her? Was she saddened by some decision she had made? Or was she making sure her chosen Rabi was protected and cleaned from any possible uncleanliness in the house of the leper? Did she wipe Jesus’ feet with her hair so others would not notice her tears. Her sins were forgiven, she was accepted, and given a new life to live.
Jesus’ love is sooo soo deep.
The deepest, darkest mistakes and bad decisions are forgiven when they are set at Jesus’ feet. The aroma of repentance rises before god’s presence because of His deep love for us.
The making of this doodle was personally therapeutic. I drew this as I sat at the feet of my Holy God bringing to the forefront of my memory so many bad choices I had made. It was forgiven. We need that alone time with God, a time forreflection. It is good for our souls.
“Take time to be holy, speak oft with your Lord….
Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.” (from the hymn Take time to be holy