The Jesus Factor: The Pharisees and The Sinful Woman
Luk 7:36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him. Jesus went into the Pharisee’s house and took a place at the table.
Luk 7:37 There was a sinful woman in that town. She knew that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house. So the woman brought some expensive perfume in an alabaster jar.
Luk 7:38 She stood at Jesus’ feet, crying. Then she began to wash his feet with her tears. She dried his feet with her hair. She kissed his feet many times and rubbed them with the perfume.
Luk 7:39 When the Pharisee who asked Jesus to come to his house saw this, he thought to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know that the woman who is touching him is a sinner!”
Luk 7:40 In response, Jesus said to the Pharisee, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” Simon said, “Let me hear it, Teacher.”
Luk 7:41 Jesus said, “There were two men. Both men owed money to the same banker. One man owed him 500 silver coins. The other man owed him 50 silver coins.
Luk 7:42 The men had no money, so they could not pay their debt. But the banker told the men that they did not have to pay him. Which one of those two men will love him more?”
Luk 7:43 Simon answered, “I think it would be the one who owed him the most money.” Jesus said to him, “You are right.”
Luk 7:44 Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I came into your house, you gave me no water for my feet. But she washed my feet with her tears and dried my feet with her hair.
Luk 7:45 You did not greet me with a kiss, but she has been kissing my feet since I came in.
Luk 7:46 You did not honor me with oil for my head, but she rubbed my feet with her sweet-smelling oil.
Luk 7:47 I tell you that her many sins are forgiven. This is clear, because she showed great love. People who are forgiven only a little will love only a little.”
Luk 7:48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
Luk 7:49 The people sitting at the table began to think to themselves, “Who does this man think he is? How can he forgive sins?”
Luk 7:50 Jesus said to the woman, “Because you believed, you are saved from your sins. Go in peace.”
Luk 7:36 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.
Luk 7:37 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,
Luk 7:38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began 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.
Luk 7:39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
Luk 7:40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
Luk 7:41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
Luk 7:42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
Luk 7:43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
Luk 7:44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
Luk 7:45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
Luk 7:46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
Luk 7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
Luk 7:48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
Luk 7:49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
Luk 7:50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
How many of us can say we have been where the Pharisee is in this recollection of Christ given to us by Luke? The Pharisee, instead of rejoicing that the woman repented, he focused his thoughts on all the bad things she has done in the past. I want us to consider something here, without free forgiveness none of us will be able to escape the wrath that is going to come. Jesus is our gracious Savior. He purchased us all with his blood. Why, you ask? So he can give us all the gift of forgiveness for our sins, bestowing it upon all of us who believe in him. By this parable Jesus was getting Simon to acknowledge that the greater the sinner this woman was the more love she will have for him for pardoning her sins.
With this parable we also learn that sin is a debt. All sinners are debtors to God. And just like all debtors some have more debts than others. However, in these circumstances it doesn’t matter if our debt is large or small, it’s more than we can pay back to God. God is ready to forgive us all, thanks to Jesus purchasing our pardon for those who believe in him. We need to remember that we need Jesus. He purchased our pardons to God. So we need to remember this about him. He is our payment to God. By this I mean Jesus is more precious than silver or God. We need to seek him like this to, everyday of our lives.
We also learn from this parable that we need to keep faraway from having a proud spirit like the Pharisee. Just depending on Jesus and praising and worshiping him is not enough. We need to obey him with a more peaceful attitude. We need to draw close to Jesus and know him. To have fellowship with Jesus is to have friendship with him. It is not enough to know of God, Jesus, or the holy spirit. We have to have a personal relationship with them. How? Think about it, how do you have close personal relationships with others of the human race? You spend time with them everyday. You talk to them and get to know them. You may do a back ground check to see if there okay or trust worthy to hang out with. So, I encourage you do a back ground check on Jesus. Go to the people that were there with him. His disciples. Go to the gospels. They are the recollections of Jesus from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. They will tell you all about him. Not enough? Sit down in the morning at the table. Have a cup of coffee or tea. Ask Jesus himself. He said in Mt. 7:7 Ask and it will be given u, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you. Jesus doesn’t lie because Papa God does not lie. We need to introduce him to others as we journey into our relationship with him. Repent of your sins. Ask Jesus to forgive you for each one. He will. When we express our sorrow we feel for our sins, we express our love for Jesus, this shows that we have the forgiveness for our sins. Which will be a real encouragement to others we share with. Jesus gives forgiveness which changes our hearts and lives. Making us a great example to others of how strong and powerful Jesus’ love for mankind is.
Jesus is truly precious in every way. The broken-hearted will read the bible and know the glory of the gospels. As you read some will feel disgusted and express self-abhorrence for sins. Yet you will feel the tug of admiration for the forgiveness given by Jesus. You will want to obtain this forgiveness for yourselves. This is because the gospels encourage such things like the repentance of sinners. The Pharisee, instead of rejoicing for the tokens of the woman’s repentance focused his thoughts completely on the woman’s previous bad character However, without the free forgiveness given by Jesus none of us can escape the wrath that is soon to come. Jesus purchased that forgiveness with his blood. He can freely bestow that forgiveness to anyone who believes in him. The more you read the gospels the more you learn from his disciples and Jesus about him. Meaning the more you know the truth about him the more you will believe in him. Do not be as the Pharisee listening and focusing on the father of lies. What is in the past is dead to you now. You are going to be transformed into a new person threw Jesus, with the help of the holy spirit, all from our Papa God. There is a lot to learn. Yet asking Jesus to forgive your sins, repentance is the first step. Once you have felt that guilt know you feel it because you have received forgiveness. Do not allow the father of lies to convince you are unworthy of forgiveness. Then be held in the bondage’s This will separate you from God. It will cause you to have unbelief which will cause you to sin. Then once you sin you will feel worse and give up on the search for the truth. Jesus is the truth. Do not give up on knowing Jesus. I know am bringing up repentance again. I am not forcing you to repentance. No that is not it. I have received forgiveness and I can’t express how wonderful the relationship I have with Jesus is. It was said to me. You Barbara can lead a horse on a hot day to water. However, you can not force the horse to drink. You can only encourage the horse and talk to him. Offer the horse kindness. He will drink when he is ready. Repentance is not between you and another of the human race. It’s not between anyone or anything but through Jesus from our Papa God. It’s a personal decision I cannot make for any of you who are reading this. However, I tell you that Papa God does love, he has since the beginning whether you believe me or him. Long after you read this he will continue to love you. He sent Jesus here as testimonial of his love for us all. Jo 3:16 “For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever, believer in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
Let us rejoice in Jesus. Ask Jesus to teach you to obey him in a more zealously way. Learn to suggest his friendship and forgiveness to others. We suggest what we know. We encourage what we know. Repent and know Jesus. Then you share with others what you know about him. Trust me this only the beginning your life will never be the same. You will never be the same again. Focus everything you have, everything you are, everyone around you on Jesus. Don’t get mad at people. Give them to Jesus ask and believe for their salvation so their wills will come in line with the word of God. Ask Jesus to introduce himself to them. To teach them the gospels and they will bring them to repentance for their sins. If you are to play any part in this Jesus will open the doors before you. I know and believe he does and will. It’s a wonderful change grace makes upon a sinner’s heart and life. Not just that but upon his state before Papa God to. The full remission of all sins through faith is Jesus. Wow! It’s amazing people. It’s good. All good things come from God.
I hope you enjoyed studying with me about the Pharisee’s and The Sinful Woman. There was a lot more to this story than I had ever known. Remember always to seek the Jesus Factors when reading the parables. The truth is there if you will just listen to the teacher. Don’t just hear the teacher. Listen from deep within your whole being and mediate on the teachers words. Jesus is the teacher I am just the vessel. I pray you take with you after reading this all the truth from Papa God Threw, The Jesus Factor: The Pharisee’s and The Sinful Woman. Be Blessed and may the grace of God be accepted by you all I pray. Amen (which means “I agree” 🙂 ).