Anointing the Feet
The Custom of Anointing the Feet
In biblical times, it was customary for visitors traveling long distances over dusty roads to be welcomed warmly with a foot-washing followed by anointing with oil as an expression of Jewish hospitality. This is mentioned in Genesis 18:4 and Genesis 24:32.
In the New Testament, Yeshua made mention of this custom when He was invited to a Pharisee’s house for dinner and they did not extend this act of hospitality to Him.
Instead, in the gospel of Luke, Yeshua was anointed by an uninvited woman at this gathering where she washed His feet with her tears and then wiped them with her hair. In Luke 7:36-38, it says:
And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, and stood at his feet behind him weeping, and begun to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.