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Vessels For Honor, Part III

And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil. Luke 7:37

    A woman, most likely a prostitute, came into a Pharisee's home where Jesus was sitting carrying an alabaster flask of oil, weeping, washing His feet with her tears and drying them with her hair as she anointed Him with the fragrant oil. Although there are many messages on this subject in scripture mentioned in all four of the gospels, I believe that the point the Holy Spirit is trying to make is about the fragrant aroma of humility.

    Alabaster is a hard stone that resembles marble, and also represents our will, hard as stone and even harder to break. The woman in question weeping before the Lord had obviously been convicted by the Holy Spirit that she was indeed a sinner and was sorrowful for her deeds kneeling before the Lord in humility. This is a perfect picture of someone who is a lost sinner finding the grace and mercy of the Lord, their will broken, being humbled in His presence that releases the fragrant aroma before Him thereby saving the soul and allowing an outpouring of His Spirit.

    This is also a story of the church, Jesus being in the home of a Pharisee, no longer concerned or even able to discern a sinner in need of the Savior, judging her and looking down his nose at a common road whore, astonished that she would even enter his home, and yet the Lord Jesus saved her and washed away her sins. Jesus then rebuked the leader for not offering water for His feet or oil to anoint His head, a stinging indictment for us today if we don't welcome the sinner and present the gospel of the kingdom so that they may be saved.

    "Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little." Then He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." Luke 7:47,48

Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin