Monday, July 8, 2013

Monday, July 8 - Luke 7:36-50 - Tiffany

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 2 Chronicle 5-6; Psalm 119:129-136; 1 Corinthians 2
Today's scripture focus is Luke 7:36-50 - Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman
44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”....
50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
I didn't post the entire scripture, because I wanted to focus more on what stood out to me.

In Jesus' day, everybody walked everywhere.  Roads were dusty, days were hot.  It was common courtesy upon receiving guests, to offer them water for their feet, oil for their heads, a place to rest.

Simon, a Pharisee, knows this.  And yet, according to the conversation Jesus has with Simon, it wasn't offered.
Jesus was invited into Simon's home, and yet wasn't given any of the common social courtesies.

And then, a sinful woman shows up.

I often read this and wonder how she got in, why she was allowed to approach the table.  Obviously, Simon knew she was a "sinful" woman, though we do not know what her sin was.  I would assume others knew her life situation.  And yet, nobody stopped her when she approached Jesus' feet.

And there, at Jesus' feet, she wept.  For she knew who she was, and she knew who HE was.  And when her tears fell on His feet, she dried them, and then poured perfume on them.  She honored Jesus, even though He wasn't in her home, even though she wasn't worthy.
And Jesus forgives her, she is saved through her faith, her belief that Jesus would honor what she was offering.

Simon, the Pharisee, knew the rules, lived by them.  And yet he offered Jesus very little compared to what he had.  And, at least in this story, he didn't come to Jesus for forgiveness.  We really don't know what his motivation was in inviting Jesus to his home.  Maybe it was to learn more, maybe it was to show off, who knows.

There is a mini-parable in here about the one who is forgiven more will love more.  According to the laws of their day, the woman definitely had more to forgive than Simon.  But what I hear when I read this, is that we should all approach Jesus as this woman.  Tearfully, bowing at his feet, for no matter what our life situation, we all need saving.  We all need to be forgiven.

And our faith, our belief that Jesus can erase all our mistakes, all our sins, our belief that He does love us, and that He does offer life to those who will accept it, can set us free.  Our faith, and our repentance, can let us go in peace. 
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Luke 8:1-3
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: 2 Chronicles 7-8; Psalm 119:137-144; 1 Corinthians 3

1 comment:

Tammy said...

This is why, when we don't recognize how incredibly seriously God takes sin, we can't be thankful for His merciful gift of forgiveness. I think this is particularly difficult for those of us who grew up in Christian homes. We don't have the same recognition of what we were saved from, as those who have lived in depravity into adulthood before becoming believers.