Summary: When we approach Jesus, it must be with the proper attitude.
Does Jesus Still Want His Dirty Feet Kissed?
Aug. 26, 2007 FBC, Chester Mike Fogerson, Pastor
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.