Astonishing Power And Authority
08.05.00.A. JESUS WITH FRIENDS IN THE HOUSE OF SIMON. Artwork by William Hole of the Royal Scottish Academy of Art, 1876. Jesus is illustrated being seated in the home of Simon, the Pharisee. He and the other guests are accurately shown dining as was the custom in the first century. He accepted the invitation of a wealthy Pharisee and, while conversing with him, a “sinful woman,” a euphemism generally (but not always) used for a prostitute, came and anointed His feet. When Jesus told her that her sins were forgiven, those present realized that He equated Himself with God, for only God could forgive sins. See Luke 7:36-38.