Daily Bible Podcast Day 267 – Ezra 1, Psalm 84-85, Luke 7

July 25, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan


“When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.’

Jesus answered him, ‘Simon, I have something to tell you.’

‘Tell me, teacher,’ he said.

‘Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?’

Simon replied, ‘I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.’

‘You have judged correctly,’ Jesus said.” ~Luke 7:40-43

You can almost sense the tension between Jesus and Simon here. First, Jesus reads his mind, which I imagine would have been unsettling to him. Then He confronts him with a parable. He is direct in dealing with Simon. I wonder at Simon’s motive for inviting Jesus to dinner in the first place. Also, Jesus does know this woman’s sins. They simply aren’t going to stop Him from forgiving her. In fact, of her many sins, she seems to be less guilty of the one Simon seems to be the most guilty of. Pride.

In my pride I must never forget that my sins are many as well. God doesn’t place sinners in a hierarchy of sinfulness for salvation purposes. I was just as guilty as anyone else. I owe Christ a greatly for my having been forgiven.

Jesus, thank You that, even though my sins put me in the exact same eternal position as this woman, You loved enough to sacrifice Yourself to save me. May I never forget that I owe You a great debt of love and gratitude. Help me to be a workman worthy of Your great Name.

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