The Prostitute
jhnsn d-s

Spokane, WA

#1 Oct 29, 2012
The below is pretty much a selective narrative of Mathew 26: 6-13 and Luke 7: 36-50 and its worth the read.

Its assumed this woman is a prostitute and she had clout since she was in the house of the Pharisee before yeshua arrived. QUOTE:“In Jesus’ day, Pharisees were highly regarded by the general public as holy and righteous people…the Pharisees commanded the respect of common people,…*” Once before yeshua it details out what she did and what a woman. Yeshua sums up her unscripted actions as a result of faith.(in other words she demonstrated faith in her own prefered way) Her faith stems from the prophetic words of the Hebrew scriptures which spoke in advance about the Christ.

In the Mathew account something more is made known of this woman that she not only had head knowledge of the writings but understood the prophecy that yeshua was “laid for the fall” which even his mother and immediate disciples were without understanding of. A side form yeshua, a quick search records only 2 persons understood this.

“when this woman put this perfumed oil upon my body she did it for the preparation of me for burial” Mathew 26

When speaking to Simon who had a low estimatation of this woman yeshua used an illustration of 2 debtors who had not met their legal obligations yet were forgiven their debts, one more than the other which in his answer Simon shows he listened to what he said,“I suppose it is the one to whom he freely forgave the more”

To observers her ways may have been repellant but to King Yeshva they carried meaning for example when speaking to Pharisee Simon Yeshua noted her ways exceeded his “you gave me no kiss; but this woman, from the hour that I came in, did not leave of tenderely kissing my feet”** Luke 7:45

The significance of a kiss was a sign of affection and love and King Yeshua highlights this “those who are forgiven much love much” which poses a question: was she seeking forgiveness/salvation or had she already been forgiven and her unscripted actions were an outward manifestation of such.

note: kissing of the feet may also carry with it fidelity and submission to her King


10.29.12 4:47 PM PST
jhnsn d-s

Spokane, WA

#2 Oct 31, 2012
To be fair, the Pharisees or some of them are also mentioned in the scriptures as lovers of money and other scriptures which denounced them or at least those present.

So their may be a conglomerate of good and bad but most commentors would agree they had the repect of the common people.

They were also known to be expert in Jewish Law.
jhnsn d-s

Spokane, WA

#3 Feb 4, 2013
If you were to answer the above question using the Watchtower's Bible you could be mislead into believing as the dinner guests did that she was forgiven as a result of her deed(s) of love towards God's Son because it reads,

"With that he turned to the woman and said to Simon...By virtue of this I tell you her sins many though they are are forgiven because she loved much: but he who is forgiven little loves little" Then he said to her: "Your sins are forgiven."..."who is this man that even forgives sins?" But he said to the woman: "Your faith has saved yoy; go your way in peace." Luke 7:47-50 New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures

The entirer account should be examined with emphasis on verses 41-42 of the debtor illustration because in this an understanding may be acquired which the dinner guest failed to attain to.

"Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon...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" Then he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven"..."who is this who even forgives sins?" Then he said to the woman, Your faith has saved you. Go your way in peace." King James Version

According to the debtor account what comes first, forgiveness or love thus her deeds of love evidenced that she was forgiven thats why yeshua said that, "Therefore I say to you, her sins are forgiven,...for she loved much." Then he went on and said to the woman, "your sins are forgiven" is a ststament of fact which they both know.[illustration needed] King James Version

Finally, he credits her salvation because of her faith not by means of her faith based deeds of love since no deeds were asked of her.
jhnsn d-s

Spokane, WA

#4 Feb 7, 2013
Isaiah 23:16 "Take a harp, go around the city, O forgotten prostitute"..."look! there was a woman to meet him" Proverbs 7:10, 12 Proverbs 23:28 "just like a robber she lies and waits"..."I found the woman" Ecclesiastes 7:26

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