The Scent of a Woman
(This was written for Believers from the perspective of a Christian minister)
The beauty industry profits from our misguided and highly marketed and calculated standards of beauty. We call that woman. We spend so much time looking at images that force us to accept someone else's view of what is beautiful, what a woman looks like.We will subject ourselves to all manner of surgical procedures, shots and implanted body parts to meet those standards. Is it the outside that makes me a woman?
What makes a woman a woman? Is it that she can bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan? Is it the façade of unbreakable confidence of the stillettos clanking in the halls of corporate America? Or the independence that comes with being able to make choices that were not available to those who came before us?
While choice is nice and certainly we have come a long way to overcome some things, those are not necessarily the things that make a woman a woman.
Upon reading Luke 7:36-50, the point is that Christ looks at the heart and the true fragrance of sweet savor of a woman comes from a heart yielded to Him.
Luke's gospel hails Jesus as the promised Messiah, the Son of God, the Servant of God through whom God the Father works and the One who sits at the right hand of the Father with authority. He recognizes that the coming of Christ was great fulfillment of God’s plan but that there are parts of the divine plan of God that will not be fully fulfilled until the second coming of Christ.Luke wrote this gospel to encourage Theophilus, a new Gentile convert, to reassure him that God was still at work in the Christian community founded by the Christ.
Several themes are lifted up:
Jesus Christ is fulfillment of OTprophecies of the Messiah who came with power preaching and teaching. He is the worker of miracles and the giver/sender of the Holy Spirit. He is also the forgiver of sins.
The true fragrance of sweet savor of a woman comes from a heart yielded to and forgiven by Christ, our Savior. Jesus is the forgiver of sins. Luke’s gospel is the only one who records the condition of this woman's life and character.
Literally the original language expresses that she was a woman whose sin was exposed. Everyone knew of her sin issue and she was of questionable character
Known immoral character
This is the unknown woman
The unknown woman- oppressive societal standards
Likely no husband because its not identified
Likely a prostitute because the original language indicates she was one of whose character it is to be like a prostitute, in otherwords she was in a situation where she was devoted to sin.
Ever been devoted to sin and or the wrong choice(s)
Identified by your mess up, linked to the wrong man (men) or people
Labeled by your condition
Reduced to the sum total of your mistakes, misgivings, sinful choices or questionable past
This sister was a hot mess and everybody knew it.
Nobody wanted her for permanent relationship but many used her for temporary gratification, whetheshe was a prostitute or not, people somehow gain perverse pleasure in looking down on someone whose short-coming is more visible than theirs.
She was unwelcomed and unwanted but she realized something that the others didn’t know. She was a fragrant woman and helps each of us to know what the scent of a woman looks like and smells like. The fragrant woman:
1. Has fixed focus: seeks Christ with all her might (the context, atmosphere, sexism, classism).
2. Understands that breaking brings forth a savory aroma in God’s nostrils. The container had to be broken to release the fragrance.
3. Knows that a fragrance God loves costs you something (costly oil in flask, weeping it costs tears (expression of joy, pain or remorse), and wiping His feet with her tears, kissing His feet, sometimes it costs humility, status and notoriety
4. A fragrant woman permeates the room with an aroma that only comes from time spent with her Lord
That comes from gratitude for forgiveness of sins
The scent of a woman is confidence and humility
The fragrant woman :
Has a fixed focus
Understands that breaking by God's compassionate and caring hand brings forth a savory aroma
Knows that a beautiful fragrance costs you dearly but what you get in return is everything! A beautiful woman has a unique aroma that permeates the room with scent that only comes from time spent with her Savior.