Gems 2014 — June 23 Scripture Selection: Luke 7:36-50

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

June 23 Scripture Selection: Luke 7:36-50

Food for Thought: Luke 7:38, 39, 48, 50

This is one of the most touching scenes in all the Bible. A woman who obviously had many regrets and wounds in her heart somehow knew that Jesus was the Lord of lords and humbled herself before Him and worshiped Him with everything she had. That utter and complete faith in action saved her and gave her a new life free from the burden of guilt and sin. The Pharisees would have preferred to leave her in the state she was in, judging her unclean.

Sometimes we can have an attitude similar to that of the Pharisee toward sinners. Sometimes we forget that the Lord loves them immensely just as they are and does not judge them. He does not hold against them their sins. Sometimes we do.

This reminds me of the true story I once heard of a barefoot, long-haired, smelly hippie who entered a church after the service had begun. Unaware of proper church “protocol,” he walked down the isle as onlookers gasped and sat down right in front of the pulpit on the floor. An elderly deacon got up and headed straight toward him. Most of the congregation thought that he going to handle the situation and would ask the unkempt man to leave. To their utter shock, the deacon, with great difficulty, put his cane down and sat down next to the hippie for the duration of the service. That hippie received Christ that day and eventually became a powerful preacher. (Sorry, I cannot recall the man’s name. Perhaps one of the readers knows.)

Sometimes the hair, the tattoos, the extra jewelry in unusual places on the body, the provocative clothing, the behavior, and so on, cause us to turn away in disgust or fear, further isolating the very people who need Him the most. We need to remind ourselves that we were once in the same condition internally, if not externally as well. Our gratitude for what the Lord has done for us should be the same as that of the woman who worshiped at His feet, and our attitude toward others should be the same as the Lord’s Who welcomed her whole-heartedly and unreservedly.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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8 Responses to Gems 2014 — June 23 Scripture Selection: Luke 7:36-50

  1. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    The story of the rich man and Lazarus is another, as the Lazarus in that story was a poor beggar covered in sores. But he was beside Abraham in Heaven, and it was the rich man who was calling to him for aid.

    We are all poor of spirit inside. All of us are dirty and smelly longhaired people with scars and tattoos in God’s sight, yet he forgives us through Jesus Christ. The rich man’s problem was he thought he wasn’t like that…yet in his heart he was.

    Apology for jumping ahead nine chapters, but when we get there we can talk about the lady and the perfume from Luke 7 too.

  2. Please, I am not trying to be ‘smart’. The ‘somehow’ is called Grace.
    She found Grace in the eyes of God! Like I did. Just saying, with Love.
    Alfred

    • cdquarles says:

      Amen. I know we are in Luke right now, but this passage brings Hebrews 11, et seq. to mind.

    • suyts says:

      Alfred,…. Amen.

      Sometimes, the verbiage gets in the way of the meaning.

      But, more, these are the comments I treasure. The notion behind having this series of posts was to encourage Christian discussion. It isn’t that I, nor Jeanette, is authoritative. It is that we’re fellow believers. Jeanette offers her learned view. But, that doesn’t mean someone is being “smart” when they give us more. I think your comment gave us more.

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