Summary: When we approach Jesus, it must be with the proper attitude.

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Does Jesus Still Want His Dirty Feet Kissed?

Luke 7:36-50

Aug. 26, 2007 FBC, Chester Mike Fogerson, Pastor

I Introduction

A Story

B In the Ancient Near East, there was no trash pick up, sanitation department, trash receptacles.

1 Trash, waste, dinner scraps, dirty water, dog droppings were all thrown out into the street.

a Open-toed shoes (sandals) the common footwear

b The custom was when you entered the home of a person you were visiting, they’d have their servant (wife/child) tend to your feet.

aa Wash, dry, apply perfume or oil to them

bb Give you water to drink

c Jesus would often get invites to dinners or banquets, & would walk on these dusty roads teaching in-between being a guest (or target).

2 Simon, a Pharisee, asked Jesus to his house for a banquet, meet & greet.

a Ancient Near East custom would tell us that this banquet was an open-air event, & the lower end of the socio-economic scale were (though not invited) at least allowed to listen & wait for table scraps.

b Simon the Pharisee invited Jesus. Why? 1) To get to know Him better or 2) to gather evidence.

c Jesus came. Why? 1) Couldn’t be accused of refusing to meet with Pharisees 2) to keep a divine appointment that would allow the lives of Simon the Pharisee, Sally the prostitute, & Jesus to intersect.

C In Luke 7, we see these three lives intersecting...

1 Simon the Pharisee (educated, successful, well-off, powerful, religious, moral, well thought-of, respected).

2 Our lady, who is not to be confused with Mary of Bethany (John 12) or Mary called Magdalene (Luke 8:2).

a We get the impression she is a woman from the streets, bad reputation.

b The Scripture tells us she was a sinner (KJV, NASB), sinful life (NIV), town harlot (MSG)...we can’t make a pig’s ear into a sow’s purse.


a I could preach 2 or 3 months on these 14 verses...but I’m not

b The intriguing thing is the kissing of Jesus’ feet.

4 The woman cried on His feet. How much fluid comes from tears? 1 cc? 2 ccs? (Drops)

a Jesus’ feet were dirty, covered with filth, dust, & things I don’t want to know about.

b She puts tear drops on them, dries them with her hair & begins kissing His feet (one of only two instances of someone kissing the Master).

5 Jesus didn’t stop her!

a He blasts Simon for not kissing Him, no water for His feet or oil for His head.

b Jesus accepted every tear, kiss, ounce of perfume that the woman gave Him.

D Today, if we were at that banquet, who would we be beside? (Transitional sentence).

II Simon thought he was too good to kiss Jesus’ feet & the woman thought she wasn’t good enough to kiss His feet.

A Simon was probably a good person.

1 Read his Bible, went to church, did his best to do what he thought God wanted him to do, he loved God.

a Simon even asked Jesus to supper-that’s doing the right thing.

b We can identify with Simon!

aa Not perfect, but we’re no hooker

bb We try! We love You, Lord, for not making us like him/her.

2 He was a good person, but not perfect.

a He asked Jesus to supper, but never offered Him water for His feet, oil/perfume for His head.

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