005 - The Weeping Woman

"In the Midst of Thee" - volumes 1 & 2 contain 200 favorite Glenn Rawson Stories - at: History of the Saints . org

From “In the Midst of Thee” – volume 1.

You know, it seems to me that no one can truly love the Savior, and know Him if they’ve never needed him, like this story.

Early in the Savior’s ministry, He was invited to the house of Simon the Pharisee who seems, even in the invitation, motivated by an arrogant curiosity about the Master. Simon disdainfully neglects the usual social customs afforded an honored guest.

During the course of the meal while reclining feet out on couches around the table, a woman enters and stands at the feet of the Savior. Without a word, she falls at His feet weeping, and begins kissing His feet bathing them with her tears, and wiping them with her hair.

Simon, knowing something of the woman’s sinful reputation, scorns the Master in His thoughts, and watches the proceedings with contempt. Discerning those sin-darkened thoughts, Jesus defends the woman’s actions and rebukes the self-righteous judgmental Pharisee, teaching him with penetrating clarity,

“… to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.” (Luke 7:47)

To the penitent grateful woman, and with tender mercy, The Master declares,

“… Thy sins are forgiven. (Luke 7:48) “… Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.” (Luke 7:50)

When our love and faith in the Savior of the world drives us weeping to our knees seeking His power to forgive, we too can then come to truly love Him and know something of the joy of ‘mercy’s arms.’

Glenn Rawson – August 1997
Music: New Testament Video Soundtrack, track 25 (Theme 2 from ‘The Sacrament’)
– Sam Cardon
Song: Mercy’s Arms – Marla Bulleigh