Thursday, January 24, 2013

Luke 7:18-50

v. 19 John the Baptist sent men to ask Jesus "Are you the one who was to come or should we expect someone else?"  I think it is natural to doubt, even John doubted.  I think that's ok with God because He gave us the ability to process and reason.  He wants us to think intently and investigate. 

v. 22 Jesus told John's disciples that the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised and the good news is preached to the poor.  Jesus helped people in their greatest need. 

v. 28 There is no one greater than John yet the one who is least in the Kingdom is greater than he.  John was the last of the old prophets, the ones who would not see Jesus come back from the dead and go on to be with God.  There was a clear divide before Jesus and after He rose from the dead. 

v. 33-34 The Pharisees hated John the Baptist because he fasted and didn't drink wine and they hated Jesus who eat and drank wine.  They didn't like that what they were doing was being exposed so they went to their many man made laws to justify their hatred.  People can justify anything to suit their purpose.  There are those that will not like anything that you do, they constantly are on your case.  Isn't that a relief that you are not here to make them happy! 

v. 36 One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to his home for a meal.  He did not offer Jesus any of the customary things like water for his feet, a kiss of greeting and oil for His head.  He was showing great disrespect to Jesus.  Beware of those that try to lure you in and trip you up. 

v. 37-38 This woman was uninvited to the meal but came anyway.  She wept at Jesus' feet and wiped His feet with her hair.  She poured perfume on his feet.  Perfume then was different than today, while we have many bottles of it and can buy it easily back then it could be as much as a year's salary.  So her pouring this perfume on Jesus' feet was her giving up something great for the greatest thing of all. 

v. 41-42 Jesus told a story about two men who owed a debt, one for a great amount and the other for a lesser amount.  The man forgave the debt for both men.  Jesus asked "Now which one will love him more?"  You see those of us that have been in a pit of darkness that was void of light and were brought out and cleaned up and loved are I believe more thankful than someone that never really was in the pit in the first place.  The bigger the debt forgiven the more thankful you are. 

v. 47 Jesus forgave her sins because of her great faith and love.  Works of the flesh will get you nowhere but having faith like a child and love for Him will get you closer to Him.

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