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Luke 7: 36 - 50 > Jesus eats at Simon's house
 Jesus eats at Simon's house 
  Luke  7:  36 - 50          ( King James Version ) 
    And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. 
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, 
7:38 >   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.  
7:39 >   Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw [it], he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman [this is] that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. 
 7:40 >  And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
7:41 >  There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.  
7:42 >  And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?  
7:43 >  Simon answered and said, I suppose that [he], to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. 
7:44 >  And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped [them] with the hairs of her head. 
7:45 >  Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.  
7:46 >  My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.  
7:47 >  Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.  
7:48  >  And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.  
7:49  >  And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?  
7:50  >  And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.  
  Luke  7: 36 - 50        ( New International Version )
  Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table.
v. 37  >  When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus would be eating at the Pharisee's house she brought an alabaster jar of perfume,
v. 38 >  and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair. kissed them and poured perfume on them.
v. 39 >  When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who was touching him and what kind of woman she is -- that she is a sinner."
v. 40 >  Jesus answered him, "Simon I have something to tell you."  Tell me teacher, he said.
v 41 >  Two men owned money to a certain money lender. One owed him five hundred denarii and the other fifty.
v 42 >  Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?
Text  Quoted  in  Spirit of Prophecy
We may claim the blessed assurance, "I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions" (Isa. 44:22). Thy "sins, which are many, are forgiven" (Luke 7:47). O how precious, how refreshing, is the sunlight of God's love! The sinner may look upon his sin-stained life, and say, "Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died" (Rom. 8:34). "Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound" (Rom. 5:20). Christ the Restorer plants a new principle of life in the soul, and that plant grows and produces fruit. The grace of Christ purifies while it pardons, and fits men for a holy heaven. We are to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ until we reach the full stature of men and women in Christ. O that we might all reach the high standard which God has set before us, and no longer remain dwarfs in the religious life! What beams of light would be reflected to the world in good works if we should become light bearers such as God would have us!  {TMK 336.5}
Chap. 62 - The Feast at Simon's House - - Simon of Bethany was accounted a disciple of Jesus. He was one of the few Pharisees who had openly joined Christ's followers. He acknowledged Jesus as a teacher, and hoped that He might be the Messiah, but he had not accepted Him as a Saviour. His character was not transformed; his principles were unchanged.  Desire of Ages, page 557.1
When Satan comes to tell you that you are a great sinner, look up to your Redeemer and talk of His merits. That which will help you is to look to His light. Acknowledge your sin, but tell the enemy that "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" and that you may be saved by His matchless love. 1 Timothy 1:15. Jesus asked Simon a question in regard to two debtors. One owed his lord a small sum, and the other owed him a very large sum; but he forgave them both, and Christ asked Simon which debtor would love his lord most. Simon answered, "He to whom he forgave most." Luke 7:43. We have been great sinners, but Christ died that we might be forgiven. The merits of His sacrifice are sufficient to present to the Father in our behalf. Those to whom He has forgiven most will love Him most, and will stand nearest to His throne to praise Him for His great love and infinite sacrifice. It is when we most fully comprehend the love of God that we best realize the sinfulness of sin. When we see the length of the chain that was let down for us, when we understand something of the infinite sacrifice that Christ has made in our behalf, the heart is melted with tenderness and contrition.  {SC 35.4}
Great had been David's fall, but deep was his repentance, ardent was his love, and strong his faith. He had been forgiven much, and therefore he loved much. Luke 7:47.  {PP 754.2} {CC 187.3}
By curing Simon of leprosy, Christ had saved him from a living death. But now Simon questioned whether Christ were a prophet. Because Christ allowed this woman to approach Him, because He did not indignantly spurn her as one whose sins were too great to be forgiven, because He did not show that He realized that she had fallen, Simon was tempted to think that He was not a prophet. His heart was filled with mistrust and unbelief. Jesus knows nothing of this woman, who is so free in her demonstrations, he thought, or He would not allow her to touch Him.  {ST, May 9, 1900 par. 6}
But Simon could not read his Guest's heart. It was his ignorance of the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom He had sent, that led him to think as he did. He had not yet been fully converted from his Pharisaism. He did not realize that on such occasions God's Son must act in God's way -- with compassion, tenderness, and mercy. Simon's way was to take no notice of Mary's penitent service, her humble action. Her act of kissing Christ's feet and anointing them with ointment was exasperating to Simon. He thought that if Christ were a prophet, He would recognize sinners and rebuke them. {DG 237.5}
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