Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Morning Cup of Tea: The Pharisee's Hous

Today we are finishing chapter seven of the book of Luke.  Beginning in verse 36.  A Pharisee wanted Jesus to come to dinner. A woman, who was a known sinner, came in and stood behind Jesus. She carried with her an alabaster box of oil. With her tears she washed Jesus' feet, and dried them with her hair. She used the oil to anoint Jesus' head.
  The Pharisee saw all of this and could not understand why Jesus would even let this woman touch him. Surely if he knew this woman was a sinner he would not! (Paraphrase)
  Jesus told the man a parable about a man who had two debtors. One owed 500 pence, the other owed him 50. Neither man could pay their debts, and the man forgave them both. Jesus then asked, which will love the creditor more? Of course the Pharisee answered, the one who owed the most.
  Then Jesus explained that while the Pharisee did give him water with which to wash his feet (as was customary at the time), the woman did so much more.  Jesus forgave her sins. This made those at the table wonder more about who Jesus is, that he could forgive sins.

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