Read Thru The New Testament – March 31

March 31

Luke 7:31-50

 

The Initial Reception of the Son of Man, cont’d.         Luke 4:31-9:50       

Luke 7:18-35                 He Encourages John the Baptist, cont’d.

 

Luke 7:31-35-Jesus says that the people cannot be pleased.  John came following the practices of a Nazarene, yet he was rejected…Jesus came a friend of sinners, yet He was rejected.

 

Luke 7:36-50                 He Forgives a Sinful Woman

Luke 7:36-50-Jesus eats in the home of a Pharisee named Simon.  A woman who was a “sinner” (most likely a prostitute) poured expensive perfume over his feet.  It was common for someone to host a dignitary or notable person in their home and to allow local people to stand around the inside of the room and listen to their conversation.  However, it does seem a bit unusual that a Pharisee would allow a “sinner” to be in his home.  When Jesus did not rebuke the woman for her behavior, Simon was indignant and saw it as evidence that Jesus was not a prophet.  Jesus responds by teaching a parable about appreciation for forgiveness.  Simon had not even offered Jesus water to wash His feet, a kiss of greeting, or oil to anoint His head.  Yet, this woman had washed His feet with her tears, her kisses, and her expensive perfume.  Jesus says, “He who is forgiven little, loves little”.  Jesus says to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven…Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”  Others at the table were saying that only God can forgive sins.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for forgiving me…for I am a great sinner.  Please help me to express my love to You with extravagance!

 

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