Luke

Luke 7:36-50 Forgiveness And Peace.

Given that the majority of the Pharisees and lawyers seem to have rejected John’s call to repentance, rejecting the will of God for themselves (v. 30), it seems odd that Jesus would actually go to a Pharisee’s house to sit and eat. However, as it turned out, the entrance of a woman would be an occasion for Jesus to make His point clear-that there is forgiveness for those who recognize their need (vv. 36-38). She knew, as did the Pharisee, that she was a sinner, washing Jesus’ feet with her tears and wiping them with her hair, and anointing them with fragrant oil. Through faith the Lord saved her (v. 50). Did she know what awaited Him? Was the oil to prepare His body for burial (Cf. Mt. 26:12; Mk. 14:8; 19:38-42)? At the very least the anointing with oil was symbolic of thanksgiving for life and fellowship with another (II Sam. 12:20; Ps. 23:5; Eccl. 9:8; Dan. 10:3).

This same Mary would later come to the Lord with her sister Martha, pleading with him to heal Lazarus her brother (Jn. 11:2). This would also be an occasion for Jesus to demonstrate that He also had power over death (Jn. 11:14-44) With this Mary there was a clear choice to be made by many with the events which took place in her life, including the raising of her brother from the dead. “Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him.” (Jn. 11:45) Mary, with her faith evidenced, would be used by God mightily for the entrance of many into life eternal, but also for the revelation of those who would eventually lead to Jesus death (Cf. Jn. 11:46ff.). So Simon questioned the prophetic credentials of Jesus because He did not reject Mary and her actions (Cf. Lk. 15:2). However, it became the occasion for teaching Simon that important truth about forgiveness.

Simon rightly judged that those who are forgiven much, love much (vv. 39-47). Through faith she had peace, because through Jesus her sins were forgiven her. As with the paralytic, the point which Jesus wanted to make more than anything else, was that in Him there is forgiveness of sins (Cf. 5:17-26 Cf. Mt. 9:2-3; Mk. 2:5-7) People normally had there head anointed, but Mary anointed Jesus feet. By washing and anointing Jesus’ feet, Mary expressed her openness at receiving Jesus, providing refreshment, and expressing her affection for Him (Cf. Gen. 18:4; 19:2; Jg. 19:21; Rom. 16:16; I Tim. 5:10). However, Mary did not come to Jesus with any illness or sickness needing healing. She came for one reason only, which Simon was quick to recognize. She needed to be forgiven, only then would she have peace. This is the same place that many around Mary would also come to.

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