I am Scripture: Luke 7:37: "And behold, a woman who was in the city, a sinner; and when she knew that he was sitting at meat in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster cruse of ointment. 38. and standing behind at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment."
I was reading about different spirits in the "Shamar Prophet" book by Apostle Eckhardt, and I came across what is referred to as the, "Python Spirit." A python is a constrictor. Pythons kill their victims by squeezing the breath out of them. Breath represents spirit. Python spirits attempt to choke the life out of churches. This can include choking the life out of the praise and worship, and the prophetic ministry. Python spirits also attempt to squeeze the prayer out of the church. Python is translated as divination. And divination is the knowledge branch of witchcraft. People with python spirits will attempt to stop or constrict the move of the Holy Spirit in the church. This spirit can attack leaders and cause them to draw back from the gifts of the spirit and the move of the Holy Ghost. Python will attack the praise and worship ministry. Python will attack the prayer ministry.
Now that I have gotten that off my chest, let's look at this scenario in the Book of Luke. One of the Pharisees desired that Jesus come and eat with him. and you know Jesus, He ain't scared! He was accused with eating, worshiping, talking, healing and delivering sinners, the outcast, marginalized of society by the religious leaders of his day. This Pharisee's name was Simon. Because the feast at Bethany was given in the house of Simon the leper, and because Jesus was anointed there also, some have bee led to think that Luke is here describing this supper.. (Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John:12:1-8).
But Simon the leper was not Simon the Pharisee. The name Simon was one of the most common among the Jewish people. It was the Greek form of the Hebrew Simeon. Jesus entered into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. I believe he wanted to investigate Jesus' character just as Nicodemus had. He wished to investigate the character and claims of Jesus, and was influenced more by curiosity than by all Pharisees evil intent. All Pharisees were not equally bitter towards Jesus.
But he desired to avoid in any way compromising himself, so he invited Jesus to his house, but carefully omitted all the ordinary courtesies and attentions which would have been paid to an honored guest. Jesus accepted the invitation, for it was his custom to dine both with Pharisees and publicans, that he might reach all classes.
Now, along comes this uninvited guest, a woman. That was already out of order. I am not going to get into all the theological constructs about which Mary this was, that is not my aim here. What I do want to lift up is her response to Jesus who was reclining on a couch at this point. Jesus' feet were bare,; for every guest on entering left his sandals outside the door. The woman, feeling strongly the contrast between the sinlessness of Jesus and her own stained life, could not control her emotions. The tears poured down in a flood upon his naked feet, as she bent down to kiss them; and deeming them rather foul or smelly, washed them, by this, she began to wash them off with the only towel she had, the lon tresses of her own hair. She then placed her glory at his feet, after which she put the ointment upon them.
Simon says to himself, my words not his: "Hum, If Jesus knew what kind of chick this was He would let her touch Him with a ten foot pole!" He must not be a real prophet, because real prophets have the gift of discernment. He should have discerned what manner of woman this was. The truth is my sisters and my brothers, every church that says they their church doors are opened to all people, is not not necessarily the truth.
If Bookey, Pee Wee, Shenequa, Ray Ray, Snooky and the rest of the gang showed up on Sunday morning, the ushers would immediately signal for security, send an instant messenger to the pastor in his or her study and try to figure out what they were going to do with these new Sunday morning visitors. Most churches are use to seeing the same kind of folk week after week after week. Don't think that every Church open in Jesus' name welcomes the marginalized of our society.
Jesus did not stop thie woman from doing what she did. She had spent a lot on this costly ointment. Upon gazing upon the sinless Lamb of God, it reminded her of how fowl, how nasty she use to be. She was grateful for the forgiveness, the worth and value that Jesus ascribed to her life. There are different accounts in the gospel that point out that this is the same woman that Jesus cast 7 devils out of. So her worship was heightend because of how great a sinner she use to be and now she wasn't going to be denied the privilege of going overboard to show her love and worship to her Savior.
Jesus did not justify her sin, her nastiness, He justifies her humanity, her value as a person. God can and will justify your right to exist, to be treated with humanity, and still give you truth, in order to free you from your state or condition. Preachers, we are still obligated to tell folks the truth. The wages of sin is still death, but the gift of God, through Jesus Christ is eternal life. (Romans 6:23). Jesus offers us a relationship not empty lifeless religion.
Simon must have thought that Jesus must not be who He says He is. He is definitely not a prophet, because he gave this woman a pass! But what if Jesus came into our churches on Sunday morning and told all the nasty people, all the sinners that they/we, would have to leave!! That means the liars would have to go, the cheaters, fornicators, backsliders, drunks, addicts, gossipers, adulterers, homosexuals, those addicted to pornography etc would have to leave church!!! Then tell me something! Who would be left to PREACH THE GOSPEL? iF WE PUT ALL THE NASTY PEOPLE OUT THE CHURCH WHO WOULD BE LEFT TO SAY, 'WHAT THUS SAITH THE LORD?"
So now here in this atmosphere, you have the fragrance of this ointment, and the fragrance of this sweet smell of worship ascending into the nostrils of the Lord.
Jesus calls his host, Simon's attention to this woman. He said," Simon seest thou this woman? I entered into thy house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but sh hath wetted my feet with her tears, and wiped them with her hair. Jesus is showing Simon that he has no manners. You see in the East. where the feet without stockings are placed in saddles instead of shoes, water becomes essential to one who would enter a house. The guest should be afforded an opportunity to wash the dust from his feet, not only for comfort's sake, but also that he might not be humiliated by soiling the carpets on which he walked and the cushions on which he reclined. The trifling courtesy Simon had omitted,; but the woman had amply supplied his omission, bathing the Lord's feet in what we'll call "the most priceless of waters."
In verse 44, Jesus told Simon, "Thou gavest me no kiss: but she, since the time I came in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet. A kiss was the ordinary salutation kissed, and sometimes the cheek. The woman had graced the feet of Jesus with those honors which Simon had withheld from his cheek. and then Jesus begins to tell Simon a parable. Verse 46 says, "My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but she hath anointed my feet with ointment. Anointing was a mark of honor which was usually bestowed upon distinguished guest (Amos 6:6; Psalms 23:5; 141:5).
To anoint the feet was regarded as extreme luxury. In this case Jesus was saying, To anoint the fee was more honored than to anoint the head, and the ointment was a more valuable and worthy offering than the mere oil which ordinary courtesy would have proffered.
To push His point further Jesus says in verse 47: ' Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. In other words, her love was the result, and not the cause, of her forgiveness. Our sins are not forgiven because we love God, but we love God because we are forgiven (1 John 4:19). Such was the inference of the parable Jesus taught Simon, and such teaching of the entire New Testament.
n verse 48, Jesus told the woman, "Thy sins are forgiven." And in verse 50 He said, " And he said unto the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
As I stated earlier, the devil hates a worshiper. But The Lord loves them. He can spot one a mile a way. The question is, Are you going to let a python spirit stop your worship? Are you going to let some religious demon choke the life of your worship before the Lord? Or, are you going to be bold like this woman, who unashamedly, let down her hair? Will you offer up your body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable, which is your reasonable worship??? (Romans 12:1).
We aren't talking about a few tears that were shed, because the Bible clearly lets us know that the tears became like a flood, to the point that she make her hair function as a towel in order to wipe them up. Back in the day, "LETTING DOWN YOUR HAIR HAD A SECULAR MEANING!!! HELLO SOMEBODY!!! IT MEAN THAT YOU WERE GOING TO CAST OFF ALL RESTRAINT. YOU WERE GONNA PARTY LIKE IT'S 1999!!! BUT WHAT WILL YOU DO FOR CHRIST, BECAUSE ONLY WHAT YOU DO FOR CHRIST WILL LAST!!!!