This is one of my very favorite Jesus stories.
Luke 7: 36-48 New International Version (NIV)
<blockquote><sup id=”en-NIV-25232″>36</sup> When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. <sup id=”en-NIV-25233″>37</sup> A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. <sup id=”en-NIV-25234″>38</sup>As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
<sup id=”en-NIV-25235″>39</sup> When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”
<sup id=”en-NIV-25236″>40</sup> Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.
<sup id=”en-NIV-25237″>41</sup> “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,<sup>[<a title=”See footnote a” href=”http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%207:33-48&version=N… and the other fifty.<sup id=”en-NIV-25238″>42</sup> Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
<sup id=”en-NIV-25239″>43</sup> Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.
<sup id=”en-NIV-25240″>44</sup> Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.<sup id=”en-NIV-25241″>45</sup> You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.<sup id=”en-NIV-25242″>46</sup> You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.<sup id=”en-NIV-25243″>47</sup> Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
<sup id=”en-NIV-25244″>48</sup> Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”</blockquote>
<em>Created to Be His Help Meet</em> portrays this woman so horribly and yet Jesus loved this woman so completely. On page 44 Debi describes the woman as intrusive and her tears as unworthy and defiling, Jesus. How dare you? What are you thinking? Tears are a cleansing of the soul. Tears bring life, shed fears and worries. Tears are miraculous healers.
<blockquote>You anoint my hair with oil.</blockquote>
A person’s hair is their crown. In those days it was an honor to have oils for your hair. Covering your hair kept it clean and tangle free for days. Her hair must have been long and she took the time to have it clean and straightened. Her hair on His feet was a gift of the most intimate nature. Remember Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. Her act of love was nothing less than Holy.
How can anyone see such ugliness as is described in this book about this woman? Surely a husband should not be put above Christ for I surely will leave everyone and everything to follow Christ. And where Jesus sits for dinner surely I will go knowing He will welcome me with open arms and love. Not disgust at some intrusion in His masculine meal.
This woman did exactly as Jesus’ hosts did not. She gave water to his feet, hair to wipe them and did not cease to kiss Him. His head was not anointed by His hosts but by this woman. She humbled herself and showed Jesus the honor not shown by his hosts. She is my hero.
Heavenly marriage is to Christ not man! I think this book undermines the love Jesus has for women and His desire for them to come to fullness of life in Christ.
I find it odd that the author of this book adds the word woman on page 50 to the scripture from James 1:5 “God gives wisdom to all men liberally.” The author certainly takes liberties with scripture when it servers her purpose.
Why do current Christians have a higher divorce rate? Is it because of dogma that is taught in churches that resembles the teaching of inequality in marriage rather than equal partnership? Women just get fed up and say “enough!” I think I am one of those women. Enough!