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Loving Much and Loving Little

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I am surprised over the many commentaries I read that wrote about this section of Scripture, saying that Simon needed forgiveness. Yet, when the Lord spoke privately to Simon and presented to him the parable of the two debtors, he revealed in the context of the parable that both were forgiven their debts forthrightly. It therefore follows that that both Simon and the woman were forgiven. Otherwise, the parable has little meaning for Simon. Therefore, it was not forgiveness that Simon needed but a greater capacity to love Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Two Debtors

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During the dinner to which Simon, the Pharisee, invited Jesus, a woman, who had heard Jesus was in the Pharisee’s house, came in also with the intention of anointing Jesus with the ointment out of the alabaster box she carried with her (Luke 7:37-38). Luke tells us she was a sinner. Obviously she was very emotional in the account written by Luke. She seems to have been sad over something, but also grateful to Jesus, because she held him in awe for some reason, but Luke is silent about these details. Nevertheless, the woman took her place at Jesus’ feet and wept there. Her tears fell on Jesus’ feet, and she wiped them with her hair; and she kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment out of the alabaster box she had with her. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus and the Doctors of the Law

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“Your sins are forgiven!” Jesus said to the man stricken with palsy (Luke 5:20), and his words were implied in the case of Levi (Luke 5:27)—and fellowship follows forgiveness. Although the scribes and Pharisees were astonished over the true meaning of forgiveness, they understood the man stricken with palsy must be forgiven (Luke 5:26), but they couldn’t see that the publican, Levi, was forgiven. How could he be forgiven of his sins, even if he left all, if he continued to associate with those who persisted in the abuse their authority over the people (Luke 5:30)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Strange Things and Paradoxes

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Luke tells us that the response to Jesus’ healing of the man stricken with palsy in connection with his saying that the man’s sins were forgiven was paradoxical. The scribes and Pharisees claimed that they “saw strange things today!” (Luke 5:26) The Greek word for strange things is paradoxos (G3861), from which we get our word paradox. The question is then, ‘what was the paradox that Jesus laid before the Pharisees and the doctors of the Law that they found so difficult to embrace? The healing, itself, astonished everyone—both the people and the leaders. Nevertheless, the power or authority behind the healing is what left the leaders of the people speechless and without a comfortable explanation. In fact, Mark tells us that these leaders had never seen their beliefs carried out in this fashion (Mark 2:12). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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