My friend Pattie from work asked a great question about our maiden and the opposition she faced in from the guards and watchmen.
The watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me,
They struck me and wounded me;
The guardsmen of the walls took away my shawl from me.
Song of Songs 5:6-7 NASB
Pattie asked whether this picture of our maiden could be a foreshadowing of Mary Magdalene.
We don’t know for sure, but there is a good chance it was Mary who was caught in adultery and faced stoning by the religious leaders in John 8, where Jesus told them
He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her. - John 8:7 NASB
After they all left – considering their own shame, He looked to (we’ll call her) Mary and said –
Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?
Mary: No one, Lord."
Jesus: I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.
From John 8:10-11 NASB
Later we see her washing His feet:
I like the account in Luke 7 of this, and though it seems out of sequence and Mary is not named here, I suspect this is the same woman from John 8 (today we call her Mary.)
And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume. - Luke 7:37-38 NASB
Jesus dinner host – the Pharisee – is incensed to have this woman in his house making this spectacle during his dinner party.
Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner." - Luke 7:39 NASB
So here is the connection
Mary gives her life into the hands of Jesus – her master.
His forgiveness was demonstrated in the street.
His instruction follows – Go and sin no more.
Now she is tested by the hatred of those who do not forget her past, but lock her in it by their memory – by their on going abuse.
Who are you to join with those of us who have always been righteous?
How can you think that because a simple encounter with Christ in the marketplace you are clean?
We know who you are?
We know what you’ve done?
Get back in your place. We don’t have any problem with you as a whore in the street – but don’t pretend to have a relationship with God.
O Church – It’s time for us to believe the power of God to transform a life, and learn from this woman:
1) No one is beyond the touch of Jesus Love.
2) Anyone can be transformed in the twinkling of an eye into a child of the Living God.
Thanks for the question Pattie.
See you again soon.