“Honor Your Guests”
Luke 7:29-50 Childish behavior makes progress difficult.
We touched on the fact that the ministry of Jesus divides humanity, because of their choices, which is what verse 29 and 30 are all about. The key aspect of John’s ministry was baptism. The pre-requisite for John’s baptism was repentance. Those who were baptized had accepted the call to repent. From a heart standpoint, they had received a contrite heart. Those who rejected baptism had not been moved to repent, they still stood fast in their pride, displaying a hard heart. __________________________________________________________________
Jesus, therefore, makes an observation about the current generation, the generation in which He was born. He chooses a bit of a parable, what the IVP commentary calls “the parable of the brats”. (vs. 31 & 32)
“We played the flute for you and you did not dance” – Jesus likens the generation to children setting in the marketplace calling to one another. __________________________
“We mourned to you and you did not weep” – this is a little easier to understand if you substitute the word to with “before”. ____________________________________________
In verse 33 Jesus exposes that they condemned John for not eating and drinking.
In verse 34 He exposes that they condemned Him because He did eat and drink.
Jesus summarizes this entire exchange in verse 35, “But wisdom is justified by all her children”.
The scene changes to dinner at the Simon’s house. _______________________________
Every culture has customs about being a good host or hostess. In the Middle East and Far East great care is given in the treatment of guests. With this backdrop we can observe some key problems with this dinner at Simon’s house.
Verse 37& 38 presents us with the situation – “A woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with fragrant oil.” ______________________________________________________
What is seen as unacceptable in this scene, according to verse 39 is that Jesus has allowed the woman to draw close to Him. We hear the thoughts of Simon as he judges the woman and Jesus: “This man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”
So the Lord responds: “Simon, I have something to say to you.” (vs. 40) _______________
___________________________________________________________________________ The woman _________________________________________________________________
Verse 47 is the moral of the story: “Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” Then Jesus says to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.” (48)
Verse 49 is a troubling verse. It shows the hard heart of the Pharisees. “Who is this who even forgives sin.” They have managed to show no concern for the woman and only contempt for Jesus. Jesus gives a lesson with His final words, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
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