Parables of Jesus Series
Recorded LIVE on Wednesday, 5/30/2018
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This parable is often called the Moneylenders, but we feel that it truly pertains to GOD's "Forgiveness and Grace". The parable itself is mentioned in all the Gospels, although with different variations. However, we will focus on the Luke 7:41-43 version. In addition, we must looks at the first 5 and last 4 verses to truly put the parable in context.
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. 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.
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.”
40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.
This beautiful parable illustrates a sinful woman, who was most likely known as the town prostitute, being accepted by Jesus. She heard Jesus was coming to have dinner at Simon's house, and given her sinful life she sought forgiveness from Him. This verse shows her remorseful and submissive nature in releasing her sins to Jesus.
Jesus read Simon's mind, and proceeds to share the parable. How awesome is our Lord Jesus! He proved to Simon that He was the Son of God, by hearing his thoughts.
Important Scripture: (Luke 7:41-43 NIV)
41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 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?”
43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.
When considering this important Scripture, the Lord Jesus was clearly showing the dinner guests that He had the right and authority to forgive sins. We can consider the moneylender in the story to pertain to Jesus and those in debt to be you and I. We will always fall short of the glory of God, but Thank God He sent us the Lord Jesus to help us to find that path of righteousness. Sin, no matter how big or small, is still sin. It still separates us from our heavenly Father. The beauty of God's forgiveness and grace is that it is available to each and every one of us. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life".
The sinful woman of this parable, treated Jesus as Simon should have...the "Guest of Honor" that was and still is TODAY! With that in mind, is Jesus the "Guest of Honor" in your life? If He is, then praise GOD! If not, I encourage you to repent to Jesus, and ask Him to guide you in your walk towards God. I promise He won't let you down...God Bless!