Today, we begin a new sermon series on
1) The Parables of Jesus
The parables were
2) Earthly stories with Heavenly meanings
Jesus used them to make a point,
but oftentimes in a subtle way.
The parables are full of rich truths
that transcend time.
Today, we’re going to look at
3) Parable of the Two Debtors
In Lk 7, we have Jesus in 1st year of ministry.
He’s invited to Pharisee’s home for dinner.
We know this in Lk 11 & 14
Theologically, they couldn’t have been more different.
But, Jesus saw them as God’s children.
He recognized their:
Lk 7:36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.
Reclining at the table would have
involved more than regular meal.
It was common to have a visiting rabbi (or teacher)
Over for a Sabbath meal after the service.
When I started preaching,
I trained on country churches.
In country churches, they
-feed the preacher
-let him nap before Sun night service
I ate like a king.
Likely, this is the same hospitality.
As the fried chicken is being passed,
something awkward happens.
Lk 7:37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
Little is known about this woman,
Except that she lived a sinful life.
A few weeks ago, I had donor meeting
with a lady who told a similar story.
She grew up in church,
but never knew a Savior.
As an adult, she turned to party lifestyle.
One day, when she discovered Jesus,
she wept "puddles of tears.”
Coming to Him,
will have that effect on you.
She comes to Jesus
with alabaster jar of perfume.
Alabaster- soft stone used for perfume containers
Mk 14:5 & Jn 12:5 say that
alabaster jar of perfume is
worth 300 days wages.
Imagine making 30K a year
& your perfume is worth 25K.
This perfume would have been for wealthy.
-wet his feet with her tears
-wiped them with her hair
-poured perfume on them
This woman lets her hair down.
That was a shameful act
& grounds for divorce.
She’s not doing it to be seductive.
She’s showing a broken
& contrite spirit.
Her overflowing love is showing
her need for forgiveness.
39 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.”
The (host) Pharisee (named Simon) is questioning Jesus’ authority.
Frankly, he’s appalled at Jesus.
“Jesus can’t be a prophet.”
“If he were, he would want nothing to do with her."
Yet, as the host,
He’s failed to:
-wash Jesus’ feet
-annoint his head with oil
-offer a kiss of greeting
Simon sees himself as pure & righteous. He’s not going to do these things.
This isn’t even her house,
yet SHE shows more respect.
She sees her sinfulness
He sees his righteousness
40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. 41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii (1.5 years wages), and the other fifty (2 months wages). 42 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?” The answer is simple.
43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.
Simon’s answer condemns his own attitude.
In otherwords, how dare you
look down on this woman.
Her actions show her
love & appreciation.
Yet, you show little.
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.” By declaring her "sins are forgiven,” Jesus is claiming to be God. This would have certainly infuriated the Pharisees. 10) 49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” 50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” This parable, like others, has An ironic twist. Jesus isn’t saying that Righteous people can’t passionately love Jesus, because they haven’t been forgiven of much. He IS saying that People who assume they are righteous will never experience true love for Jesus. WHY? Because they’re unaware of their sinfulness. All of us are sinners saved by Grace. 11) Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
With an empty spirit,
she comes to Jesus.
She’s poured everything out.
She leaves filled.
50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”