Psalm 51:17 NKJV
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart –
These, O God, You will not despise.”
The Lord will never turn away from a contrite heart and a broken spirit. The woman that anointed Jesus’ feet had both.
Psalm 34:18 NKJV
“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.”
She went to Jesus in response to His message of compassion for sinners. The Holy Spirit had already began a transformation in her heart. The Lord drew near to the woman to comfort her. The Lord will reach down and lift up those who are humble.
Isaiah 57:14-15 NKJV
“And one shall say,
‘Heap it up! Heap it up!
Prepare the way,
Take the stumbling block out of the way of My people.’
For thus says the High and Lofty One
Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
‘I dwell in the high and holy place,
With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
‘To revive the spirit of the humble,
And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.’ ”
Had the woman heard about Jesus raising the dead son of the widow of Nain? Had she realized that Jesus put more stock in helping someone in need then in remaining ceremonially clean or in gaining the approval of man?
Luke 7:11-17 NKJV
“Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, ‘Do not weep.’ Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, ‘Young man, I say to you, arise.’ So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, ‘A great prophet has risen up from among us’; and God has visited His people.’ And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region.”
Had the woman been one of the people in the crowd as Jesus spoke in response to John’s disciples? When Jesus spoke about the tax collectors being justified, did she realize that they (the tax collectors) were justified because they believed in and submitted to the message of John?
Luke 7:18-36 NKJV
“Then the disciples of John reported to him concerning all these things, And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to Jesus, saying, ‘Are You the coming One, or do we look for another?’ When the men had come to Him, they said, ‘John the Baptist has sent us to You, saying, ‘Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?’ And that very hour He cured many of infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits; and to many blind gave sight. Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.’ When the messengers of John had departed, He began to speak to the multitudes concerning John: ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed those who are gorgeously appareled and live in luxury are in kings’ courts. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written:
‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,
Who will prepare Your way before You.’
For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist;
but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.’
And when all the people heard Him, even the tax collectors justified God, having been baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him. And the Lord said, ‘To what then shall I liken the men of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children, sitting in the marketplace and calling ro one another, saying: ‘We played the flute for you,
And you did not dance;
W e mourned to you
And you did not weep.’
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’
The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by all her children.’ Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat.”
Quiet possibly alone, at home, the woman experienced convection and true repentance. She had already had a heart change before she went to the house of the Pharisee.
Isaiah 66:1-2 NKJV
“ Thus says the Lord: ‘Heaven is My throne,
And earth is My footstool.
Where is the house that you will build Me?
And where is the place of My rest?
For all those things My hand made,
And all those things exist,’
Says the Lord.
‘But on this one will I look:
On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit,
And who trembles at My word.”
Because of her new heart she wanted to let Jesus know how much she loved Him and what He meant to her. She wanted to worship Him.
Luke 7:37 NKJV
“And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil,”
There are people that instead of truly turning to Jesus and loving and worshiping (honoring, respecting and reverencing) Him they do lip service. They are a lot like the men at the table with Jesus when the woman came in to worship Him. They don’t want to shower the Lord with love, and they are quick to criticize the people that do.
Luke 7:44-46 NKJV
“Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, ‘Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair on her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed ,My feet with fragrant oil.’ ”
The woman knew that she had been forgiven of her many sins and she was grateful. She wanted to show her gratitude to Jesus in a way that showed both love and faith.
Luke 7:47 NKJV
“Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
God desires for you to give Him your old heart so that He can give you a new heart.
Ezekiel 36:26 NKJV
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”
God is just as desperate for intimacy with you as you are to have intimacy with Him.