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The life of Christ, from His baptism to His ascension, following the Harmony of the Gospels.
 
  The life of Christ, from His baptism to His ascension, following the Harmony of the Gospels.
 
88: The Discourteous Pharisee and the Anointing
89: The Parable of the Two Debtors- Lu. 7:36-50
 
Luke 7:37  And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
38  And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
 
A Pharisee named Simon, hearing of the miracles of Jesus, invited Him to his house for supper. Here in his great splendor and in the company of others of his religious and social set, he would be able to size up this itinerate Rabbi. A few pointed questions would no doubt expose Him as a fraud.
 
Simon, failed to extend to Jesus, the common courtesies of the day.  It would have been normal for Simon to bestow a  greeting kiss on his guests. It was the assigned job of a lowly slave to wash the feet of the entering guest.  Obviously, the slave had been instructed by Simon to not extend this courtesy to Jesus.
 
Supper was a leisurely affair. The guest would recline on couches, resting on an one elbow with their feet sticking out behind them. There would be a general give and take as the topics of the day were discussed. A perfect setting to undo this upstart preacher.
 
It was  the custom that anyone who was interested, could stand by in the banquet room and listen to his social superiors, dispense their great wisdom.
 
Suddenly a woman of the streets appeared behind Jesus and started to kiss His feet. Her flowing tears fell on His dusty feet. As she saw this, she took her unbound hair, which was a sign of her trade,  and began to wipe them dry.
 
She was an outcast to Simon and those of his ilk. Simon, in his arrogance wouldn't even try to help her. She knew she had found the One who could. She then anointed the feet of Jesus with costly ointment from an alabaster box.
 
Simon was enraged. If this man was a prophet, he would surely know that this woman was a prostitute. He did know and it didn't matter.  This woman's day had arrived. She would be forever free of the vice and sin that had destroyed her life. She was starting a new life at the feet of the Master.
 
Luke 7:40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
41  There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
42  And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
43  Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
 
Jesus turned to Simon and referred to a creditor who had forgiven the debts of two men who were unable to pay. One owed fifty pence and the other owed five hundred. Which one would show the most gratitude and love towards the creditor? Simon had no other answer than, "The one who was forgiven the most."
 
Looking at the woman, Jesus reminded Simon that her sins were many. However she had performed  all of the courtesies which Simon in his arrogance refused to do. She had anointed Jesus, kissing and washing his feet while the smug sanctimonious Simon did nothing.
 
Jesus said, "Her sins which are many are forgive, for she loved much." I believe the implication to Simon was that although his sins were not as notorious, they were not forgiven.
 
He turned to the woman and said, "Thy sins are forgiven." Tradition says that this women was Mary of Magdala, later know as Mary Magdalene, from whom Jesus had cast out seven demons. She is not to be confused with Mary of Bethany who also anointed the feet of Jesus just prior to His death.
 
Whoever she was, she was changed and forever free. She had met the Master and I'm sure she followed Him until the end.

Luke 7:50  And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
 
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Two trucks loaded with a thousand copies of Roget's Thesaurus collided as they left a New York publishing house last Thursday, according to the Associated Press. Witnesses were stunned, startled, aghast, taken aback, stupefied, amazed, astounded, and unsettled.";
 
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