Luke 7:36–40 (ESV)
A Sinful Woman Forgiven (Part 1)
36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house,
brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who
had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say
to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”
We see Jesus again at the table eating. A lot of teaching went on at tables while eating. To eat together with someone
is a more intimate experience than just talking with them somewhere else. Friends get together to eat, but not usually strangers. To eat together usually involves an agenda. Does Jesus have an agenda? Some may think that Jesus
wants know the person better, but he already knows the Pharisee. Jesus knows all things, especially the hearts of people. Instead, to eat with people allows the other person to get to know Jesus better. Jesus wants to teach and share eternal
life. Here he is, eating at the house of a Pharisee and low and behold... a prostitute comes and stands at his feet. The Pharisee is thinking if this Jesus is a prophet, he should know that he is talking to a prostitute. Jesus already knows
this... and he knows what the pharisee is thinking. When I read this passage, I am reminded that you and I need to look into the mirror and make certain that we do not see the Pharisee instead. It is so easy for us to make judgments about people
and lose sight that our God is a forgiving God. It is not our place to make a judgment on whether to share the gospel with someone, but it is our job to share the gospel with everyone. Let us not play God by picking and choosing who we will share
Notice that Jesus knows what the Pharisee is thinking and addresses his unasked question by answering it openly with Simon about it... in the presence of the Pharisee. His answer comes tomorrow.
I pray: O Lord, I know that I have been that Pharisee... picking and choosing who I share the gospel with and who I pass up. I repent of this sin and want to do better. I am in need of your forgiveness.
I pray that you teach me and mold me to share the gospel with all people. Help me to not make such judgments, but to see all people as in need of Your forgiveness. Amen.