Sunday, February 19, 2017
Worship Time: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Scripture: Luke 7:36-50
A woman walked into the party, carrying an alabaster jar. They scarcely noticed her at first because, well, she was nobody. It was clear from the way she dressed, the way she carried herself, the very fact that she was a woman on her own. But then, she knelt to clean Jesus' feet, anointing them with perfume from her jar. And everything stopped. All eyes were on her, and you could hear a pin drop in that room.
And Simon said "this woman is a sinner! She does not belong here!"
She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless... She persisted.
We don’t have time to study all the women for whom this is true in a single Sunday… But this one woman with the alabaster jar has some timely and important things to teach us, men and woman alike. She knows a great deal--not just about persisting and resisting--but about forgiveness and grace, love and belonging, and the welcome place at the table for all who come seeking Christ’s mercy.
Meanwhile, if you want to read about some other nasty women of the Bible, my friend Alice has a new book out called Fierce: Women of the Bible and Their Stories of Violence, Mercy, Bravery, Wisdom, Sex, and Salvation. I’m looking forward to reading it, and also looking forward to seeing you Sunday.
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