This Sunday we’ll be reading the rest of Luke 7, so, it will be v36-50.
The passage is the account of a dinner party thrown by a Pharisee named Simon. It’s a party Jesus is invited to…maybe even as the guest of honor. The cultural etiquette was different from our day. In that culture, dinner parties were often held in courtyards or in rooms adjacent to courtyards. The general public could stop by and observe, or listen to the guest of honor if he happened to be a rabbi or respected teacher.
The diners would recline on couches that surrounded a table called a triclinium .
While the dining customs and etiquettes are vastly different from ours, the odd behavior of the woman and her crashing this party would have been just as awkward and weird as it would be today. There are so many ways to look at this scene…we can view it from the Pharisee’s vantage point, and consider his rudeness and self righteousness. We can see it from Jesus’ standpoint, the total grasp he had on the situation, and his willingness to associate with people who are marginalized. Or we can consider it from the woman’s perspective…her lavish expression of love and devotion.
This Sunday, I’m going to focus on the woman’s expression of honor and love to Jesus. We’ll consider the implications to our own lives as we seek to be people who honor and worship our Lord. What do you notice about her, about Jesus’ reaction to her, about the Pharisee’s reaction to her. How would we apply her expression of worship to our own? Those are the things to think about and discuss for Sunday. See yaz then!