The Ministry Years: – 12th Miracle- A Tale of Two Cities – theunfetteredpreacher 

Luke 7:36-48.  Matthew 26:6-13

These two stories are similar, yet appear to be in different cities at different times.

Similarities are:

Both man named Simon.  One a Pharisee, the other a Leper.

an alabaster box of ointment,
an alabaster box of very precious ointment,

anointed feet with the ointment.
she hath poured this ointment on my body

The Differences:
The Disciples at one were concerned with the cost.
The Pharisee was concerned she was a sinner.

The woman at the Pharisees house, her sins were forgiven.
At the Lepers, she would be remembered for her love, in Annointing Jesus for burial.

Pharisees a sermon on forgiveness
Leper, a sermon on what was the more immediate need. “To seek and serve the Lord while He may be found.”

Is it possible that these two stories are one incident?   If I remember, I’ll ask Jesus next time we talk.   lol

We need to remember the impotent messages given in both.

Luke 7:36-48

36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.
37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
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.
48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.

Matthew 26:6-13

6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
8 But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?
9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
10 When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.
11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

2 thoughts on “The Ministry Years: – 12th Miracle- A Tale of Two Cities – theunfetteredpreacher 

  1. I think they’re two separate incidents. The Mary who anointed Jesus for his burial is the same Mary (sister of Martha) who sat at Jesus’ feet. The feast was in celebration of Lazarus’ resurrection–which happened a couple of weeks or so before Jesus’ crucifixion. Simon the leper was the 3 siblings’ father, who, presumably was also healed by Jesus earlier in His ministry. I can’t remember where I got this ‘explanation’–you must validate! Happy New Year!


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