Luke 7. 36-50 Forgiveness & Rest

 

The scene that we are looking at today takes place in a Home / Scene contains 3 main Characters / HOST / INVITED GUEST / INTRUDER

  1. THE HOST IS SIMON THE PHARISEE V.36
  1. The word Pharisee was derived from a Hebrew word which means separation . Their history is a fine history
  1. The order arose during that time between the Old & New testament - during the time of the Maccabean revolt .
    1. They were committed to holiness & to holding the people from getting mixed up in idolatry & or idolatrous people .
  1. But in the process of time however they became much more satisfied & interested in external forms of holiness / than internal
    1. They were completely caught up in external rituals & standards of righteousness / thru which they would judge everyone by them.
  1. They didnít like Jesus /- Luke mentions them 28 times in this gospel &

every time they are seen as being Hostile toward Jesus !

  1. Now even though we donít have a Pharisaical sect today - I believe we still have a very strong Pharisaical spirit w/ in the church
    1. Those who set up their external rules & standards to follow & live by donít smoke /donít play cards/ café / donít drink coffee - etc.
  1. And by setting up all these standards they become critical of everyone who isnít living up to these standards !

e) if you practice what they preach you are right on/ but if you donít

you are wrong & in sin according to their standards

  1. But that attitude & mindset forsakes & forgets the very heart of Jesus who is more interested in the condition of the heart
    1. Than the outward condition of the appearance & what not!

F) We need to be oh so careful that we donít walk in a pharisaical attitude / because the truth is NONE OF US HAVE ARRIVED

SO THE HOST IS SIMON THE PHARISEE

II.THE INVITED GUEST IS JESUS / God in the flesh !!!!!

What would you do today if Jesus were coming to your house for dinner?

What would you serve ?

  1. I would venture to say that most of us probably wouldnít be here - be at home scouring the house from top to bottom. Perfectly clean
    1. Every nook & cranny
  1. Ever been around those people who notice everything - little speck on the carpet they see it !
    1. I am not that way accept when purposely looking / My wife can - rearrange our furniture - I might not notice for hrs.

  1. But imagine Jesus - I bet He saw everything - So you would thoroughly clean - manicure the yard

1)You would cook the biggest steaks / make your best desert - because

THIS IS JESUS WE ARE TALKING ABOUT

  1. And Iím going to guess that anything that was in any way questionable - Magazines / Movies / pictures on the wall - stuff in the Frig. - get rid of

1) We would want everything to be just right

 

Now I DONíT THINK SIMON DID ANY OF THOSE THINGS - Instead he treats Jesus w/ great disrespect ( EXPLAIN )

  1. If You were to go to someoneís home in that culture - the common thing

you would do to a guest - which acknowledged - friends - welcome

    1. 1st - hand on shoulders - Kiss
  1. Next servant wash their feet / or if you didnít have a servant - you would do it yourself

1) Then you would take a little bit of incense & sprinkle it on their head

  1. All were signs that this guest was welcome in your home - and you considered them a friend -
    1. We are told in v.44 that Simon didnít do any of those things
  1. So why did Simon want to have this meeting w/ Jesus ?
    1. Some have suggested curiosity - but if that were the case - I think Simon would have done those things -
  1. Real reason Hostility / I think Simon wanted to grill Jesus & play 100 questions !

 

  1. SO NEXT QUEST. WE WOULD ASK IS / WHY DID JESUS GO? WHY DID HE ACCEPT THE INVITATION? WHY BOTHER ?
  1. I think the reason is simple - Jesus loved Simon & was interested in ministering to him .
  1. That is the reason why Jesus ate w/ tax collectors & sinners

  1. recall With Zacheus he said: "Come down from the tree, I want to come over for dinner."

  1. And we have noted earlier in our study of Luke: Sharing meals with

people in that day and in that culture was a very important experience

1) Because as you drank from the same cup and ate of the same bread

you became a part of each other.

  1. That is why they found fault with Jesus when He was willing to share meals with "tax collectors" and "sinners"........... "

1) He was actually becoming a part of them -

  1. But we must not forget That is what Jesus CAME to do - Identify with

sinful people!!

 

NOTE: Jesus is STILL interested in DINING with men/ Rev. 3:20

"Behold I stand at the door and knock, if any man hear My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me!!"

A) Jesus is saying: "Look!! I want to have fellowship with you..... I want to become one with you...... All you have to do is open the door of your heart to Me and we can have this CLOSE and INTIMATE fellowship together!!"

  1. See Jesus only goes where He is invited - Simon invites Jesus to his home & Jesus went -
    1. the person who ask Jesus to come into his heart He will
  1. Eph.3: 17 Paul prayed Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;

1) Word dwell = inhabit - Lit. make your heart His Home

LISTEN JESUS IS A GENTLEMEN - He stands at the door knocking - he isnít going to break it down . He is Not going to invade your life !!!!!

But He wants to dwell in your heart - wants to bless you life - wants to make your heart his home !

  1. And The application for all of us here who have received Him is : since

Jesus only goes where He is invited

  1. Does He have full access & is He welcome in every part of the home of our heart !

c) DO we invite Jesus into all the places of our hearts or just certain rooms

    1. Living room & the bathroom / whole house but not this closet
  1. Lord I will give you 1 hr. & 15 minutes every Sunday - when I go to listen to Pastor Rob at CCV
    1. The other 166&1/2 hrs of my week are for me / what I do w/ that time is my business - it is up to me !
  1. In Col. 3:16 Paul also said Let the word of Christ dwell in your hearts

Let the Word of Christ be at home in you - access every part

    1. Allow it to do itís thing in our lives / When the Word comes in all the Bad leaves
  1. So Jesus goes where He is invited & he accepts the invitation of Simon - and they are sitting there when all of a sudden the

1) INTRUDER ENTERS THE SCENE

 

IV. THE INTRUDER

A)Understand houses in those days were surrounded by a courtyard or they

had a nice courtyard - type of thing .

    1. And because of the heat - they would often eat their meals in that court yard area
  1. When someone important was coming over there would be a certain # of seats at the table for the guest / others could come to listen/ only men
  1. Women were not allowed in that setting & if they were serving the food once they were finished they were to leave immediately .
  1. Now Jesus at this point is kind of a celebrity - and many people are

following Him & interested in what He had to say

  1. So there were probably quite of few men who had gathered to hear him /

when all of a sudden this woman comes in to the scene

  1. She wasnít just any woman she was a woman from the Red light district - she was a harlot - a Prostitute !!!!

37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner,( That is a way of saying - she was a Harlot ) when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil,38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.

  1. Guys Picture this - She comes into this courtyard - where she is not welcome & she makes her way thru this crowd of men
    1. Who are all wondering what she is doing here
  1. She comes to Jesus & is just weeping - tears falling down on His feet - and then she starts wiping them w/ her hair
    1. Again important to note that women never let their hair down in public - considered loose or wild - / only do it w/ husband
  1. This lady lets her hair down & starts using it to wipe Jesusí feet - great display of affection going on here
    1. Then she starts - Kissing - Lit. she mothered His feet w/ Kisses

Then she anointed His feet w/ oil!

 

QUESTION - WHAT IGNITED THIS REACTION WHAT MOTIVATED HER INVADING - THIS PLACE WHERE NOT WELCOME.

  1. V.37 tells us that when she found out Jesus was there - but why was she so interested in seeing Jesus - what Happened - Matt. 11:20 answer / turn
  1. In studying & doing a harmony of the gospels one thing that you discover is that - between v. 35 & 36 of Lukeís gospel
    1. Jesus spoke the words recorded here in vs. 20 thru 30
  1. We are not going to look at this whole section but we want to draw our attention to the last thing Jesus says Beg. In v. 28

28 "Come to Me, all you who weary and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.".

"In 1930 an unusual event took place. It still represents an open case in the FBI missing-person files. On August 15, after dining out with his family, a New York State Supreme Court Justice named Joseph Carter hailed a taxi and was never seen or heard from again. The FBI thought the disappearance might be work-related as the judge had heard many mob cases. But there was no real evidence to support that theory.

All investigations led to dead-ends. The only clue was a note he left for his wife and family. It said, "I am very, very tired. Love, Joe." That was it. That was the last anyone ever heard from him.

"I think many of us, have felt that way before or perhaps you "feel that way today.

But Jesus has something to say to the person who is exhausted, to the person who is worn out, chewed up and spit out by life. He offers rest to those who are frustrated, hurting, and tired."

An expanded translation of this same verse goes like this,

Come here to Me all of you who are growing weary to the point of exhaustion & have been loaded down w/ burdens and are bending beneath their weight. I alone will cause you to cease from your labor & take away your burdens & refresh you w/ rest.

Now this woman is in the crowd & she is being led around by the Yoke of slavery to sin / being dragged around by the world

  1. She says I am looking for Rest for my soul I am tired & weary - my soul is burdened by guilt & shame
  1. My heart is heavy w/ an emptiness & a loneliness & I canít find the Love I so desperately long for .
    1. I canít fill the void that makes my heart ache & feel so empty!

C) I am tired of sinning & living my life bound by Sin!

 

Now a yoke is a harness / a connection - that joins to animals together / they would walk side by side to plow a field

  1. Now often times they would take an older stronger animal & Yoke it w/ a younger animal.

1)The older stronger animal would know how to walk /where to go &

what to do / sturdy in its tracks / knowing the plan/ where to go.

  1. So when the younger animal would try to get away or to go another way - they would be stuck -
    1. Sometimes that would wiggling back & forth so much that the yoke would begin to make neck sore / even open wounds
  1. But it was all part of the breaking process of getting that animal to finally give up & get w/ the program. That younger animal would realize
    1. I canít run I had better stay right here.

 

Now Jesus says take my Yoke - which is easy - Lit. means well fitting - perfect fit. - His plan for your life

  1. You have to make a choice - am I going to Yoke myself to the world or to Jesus. Do things the worlds way or my own way or His way?
  2. When we Yoke ourselves to the pursuits of the world - or to fulfill the Lust of our own flesh - we are resisting the Yoke of Godís plan & purpose
    1. Made for fellowship - Know Him & to walk w/ Him
  1. The more you resist that the more weary tired frustrated you are going to become / if you do that long enough one of 2 things is going to happen.
    1. It will Kill you - so weary / fatigued / just totally wasted
  1. Or it is going to bring you to your senses / bring you to that place of saying I am so tired of fighting w/ the Lord
    1. So tired of getting beat up by the world - I am sticking close to Jesus
  1. Swimming in a River - try & swim up stream - No way - soon - even the best of swimmers is just wiped .
    1. Jump in and go down stream / it is a blast - enjoy the sights

THAT IS WHAT JESUS OFFERS - YOKE IS EASY Ö..LIGHT

 

Note that JESUS SAYS COME TO ME - He doesnít say do this or that - follow this code live by these rules - COME TO ME

  1. Your Burden I will lift & carry - My Yoke is well fitting - perfect fit !

You will find rest for your souls

  1. This lady is in that crowd & hears Jesus say those words - and she is

so moved - that is what I want -I must see that man !!!!

  1. And The parable that Jesus told tells us WHY she was doing these things BECAUSE she "loved so much"!!

WHY did she love so much? BECAUSE she was "FORGIVEN so much"!!

D)And Having been forgiven, she just wanted to be NEAR HIM!!

  1. Her heart welled up within her because of all that Jesus had done for

her!!

"The JOY and PEACE that Jesus has brought to me!!"

"The change from a life of misery and hopelessness!!"

 

That is what caused her to come to the house that Jesus was at!!

A) She knew that He was eating at the table of Simon, who was a Pharisee.

a member of a group that CONDEMNED and PUNISHED.

B) But Her love for Jesus was GREATER than her fear of man & she would

not be kept from "coming to Jesus" and showing her love and gratitude.

C) She was so touched by the DEPTH of His love for her That she wept and

her tears fell upon His feet

1) She wiped them off with her hair She smothered His feet with kisses

She anointed His feet with fragrant oil!!

NOTE SIMONS REACT.

39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself,/ saying, "This man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner."

  1. Simon is appalled & offended - this man is a fraud - if he was a real prophet - he would know ÖÖÖÖ. She was - would let her touch him.

  1. I want this man & this woman out of here !!! Now!!!

  1. What is interesting is that Simon spoke these words to Himself - in other words this is what He was thinking in his head.

  1. REMINDER - JESUS KNOWS YOUR THOUGHTS

  1. David declared in Psa. 139: 139:1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.

  1. That last phrase is an interesting one - it means you know my thoughts in their origin . Before I even think them you know them.

  1. That can be encouraging - or it can be utterly terrifying depending on where your heart is w/ the Lord. He sees your Heart

 

Jesus saw Simonís heart - that is where the problem lied - you see Simonís problem was blindness/ His hard pharisaical heart made him blind

  1. Simon didnít see Jesus correctly & He didnít see this woman correctly

B) So Jesus tells him a parable 40 And Jesus answered and said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." So he said, "Teacher, say it."

41 "There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.

42 "And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?"

43 Simon answered and said, "I suppose the one whom he forgave more." And He said to him, "You have rightly judged." RIGHT ON SIMON

44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, SO HE IS LOOKING AT THE WOMAN BUT STILL TALKING TO SIMON

"Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head.

45 "You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in.

46 "You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil.

47 "Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little."

When Simon looked at her, he saw a prostitute. But when Jesus, looked at her, He saw her as one who's past was forgiven

  1. Someone who was now a TRANSFORMED child of God who was

expressing her love and gratitude for that forgiveness and that new life

48 Then He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."

49 And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?"

50 Then He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."

Note 2 things in these last 2 phrases - 1st Your faith has saved you !

  1. Note there are a lot of people running around - who think they are saved by their good deeds / their church attendance / affiliation

  1. Many people who are resting in the fact that they are a good person / honest etc.

  1. But it is only faith in JESUS that saves a person.

Eph. 28 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

  1. Faith in JESUS & HIS FINISHED WORK AT CALVARY

 

2nd thing to notice : Jesus says to her Go in Peace -

Lit. GO INTO PEACE.

A)Which tells us that we actually find ourselves dwelling in Peace when we

know that our sins have been forgiven.

  1. There is great peace & Rest in being Yoked to Jesus !

CONCLUSION - note 3 things

1st Worship & fellowship are indicators of a reality w/ Jesus

A) Having been forgiven, she just wanted to be NEAR HIM!!

That speaks of FELLOWSHIP

B) She was so touched by the DEPTH of His love for her

  1. That she wept and her tears fell upon His feet She wiped them off

with her hair She smothered His feet with kisses

  1. She poured out perfume upon Him THAT speaks of WORSHIP

2nd JESUS NOTICES NEGLECT & APPRECIATES AFFECTION

  1. Are you more like Simon ? or are you more like this woman

a) With Simon there was no display of affection / no love given

  1. Simon judged & condemned because he didnít see himself rightly - he didnít see himself as a sinner in need of grace & forgiveness

  1. But whether you have sinned once, or whether you've sinned a thousand

times...... YOU HAVE A DEBT WHICH YOU CAN NOT PAY!!

And Jesus loves YOU so much that HE PAYED IT!!

3RD NO SIN IS TOO GREAT FOR JESUS TO FORGIVE

The invitation that this woman accepted is available to you.

It is offered FREELY.......

Tears won't earn it.

Church won't earn it

"Once a very poor girl from a small town went to the big city to earn some money to support her old mother. Soon after her arrival, she realized that an attractive girl can earn more money w/ working than by honest work.

She became a Prostitute - she was a successful one because she was very beautiful.

She pleased many men and soon she had money, many jewels,

It didnít take her long to forget about Her mother.

The Years passed by & her beauty began to fade & so did her popularity / One day she was stricken with remorse and asked herself, `I wonder how my mother is. I have neglected her completely.'

"She took the first train to her village, arriving late at night. To her amazement, she found the gate of her house wide open. She knew her mother was always careful to lock it at night.

Then she saw a light burning in the window of her mother's bedroom. A lamp burning so late? Mother usually went to bed early. Was she be sick?

"When she crossed the threshold, she heard her mother's voice: `Joan, is that you?'

"`Yes, Mother,' she replied. `But why is the gate wide open so late at night?'

"`Since you left, the gate has not been closed.'"

"`But why is the light burning so late? Why aren't you asleep?'

"`Since you left, it has never been extinguished. A loving mother's heart

has waited for you.'

"And you can be sure today that if you desire to repent from your sin & COME TO CHRIST -/ You will receive forgiveness & the gate of heaven, will be open wide to receive you."