Luke 7:36-50, Dont Call Jesus a Chump, A Bible Study Devotion.
Read Luke 7:36-50When I first read this passage I assumed I would write a typical devotion about the situation and thelesson it is teaching. However, something else just jumped off the page. I tried to put myself in theplace of the Pharisee to gauge his motivations. He has invited Jesus to his home for a meal. Why? Is itbecause he wants to spend time with him? Is it because he respects him and wants to learn from him?I'm not sure, it does not say. But look at the chain of events:The pharisee invites Jesus to his home.There is a woman at Jesus feet.The pharisee has negative thoughts about Jesus.The pharisee has negative thoughts about the woman.Jesus calls his name.The pharisee responds with the respectful term "teacher."Jesus tells him a parable.Let's break this down. We will have to jump back and forth between the chain of events to make somesense out of this scene. Look at how the pharisee responds to Jesus and the woman at Jesus' feet. Hesays in verse 39, "If this man were a profit, he would know who is touching him and what kind of womanshe is - that she is a sinner." In that one sentence he is saying: Jesus is a liar, Jesus is only a man, thepharisee is a judge and judges that Jesus should not allow a sinner to touch him, the woman is beneaththe pharisee because she is a sinner, and the pharisee is not a sinner by comparison. Wow, prettyarrogant, huh? Notice that it also says that the pharisee said this under his breath. Not only is thepharisee making all these judgments, but he is also not man enough to say them out loud, which showscontempt. So a few questions are: Why did he invite Jesus at all? This is in his house right? So why isthe "sinner" in there at all? Is this some kind of set up?Jesus then says to the pharisee, "Simon, I have something to tell you." The pharisee then says, "Tell me,teacher." Tell me teacher? So is this guy two faced? He is thinking all these rotten things about Jesusand the woman, then snaps to attention, puts on a fake smile, and calls Jesus "Teacher?"Jesus then goes on to tell him a parable about sin and forgiveness. Imagine sitting in the room. There isa woman weeping, running her hair all over Jesus' feet, and pouring perfume on them. You would thinkthat the conversation with the pharisee would halt and attention would turn to the woman. The awfulsinner. However, Jesus goes on to tell a parable, directed to the pharisee that is speaking to thecondition of the pharisee, even though he does not understand.When you read this now and you can see the whole situation, and it is about someone else, it seemscrazy that the pharisee cannot see the irony in Jesus' words. However, has this happened to you too?Have you ever looked at the sin of someone else and not been able to see your own? And don't miss