Ever since the garden in Genesis 3, humans have forsaken God and chosen to cozy up to our rebellious acts of choice. Where do you see yourself in the scene Luke details in Chapter 7?
Look at Simon’s casual response. Though Jesus was invited into his home, Simon ignored the hospitality customs of the day. He did not greet Jesus or wash His feet. But this dishonor for Jesus doesn’t seem to bother Simon at all.
What does scandalize him is the brokenness of other people. His quick response of judgment toward the woman worshiping at Jesus’s feet reveals the deeper calluses of Simon’s heart.
Does Simon remind you of yourself? Are you quick to notice the sins of others but tolerant of your own sin?
I can be like Simon. Too often, I half-heartedly entertain Jesus and continue operating as if my need for Him is minimal.
Thankfully, Jesus knows my heart just as He knew Simon’s. So, He lays it out for calloused religious people like me by pointing Simon back to the bigger story:
“A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed 500 denarii, and the other 50. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
Most of us would agree that the person with the greater debt would be the most thankful.
Jesus affirms Simon’s budget wise answer, then turning on a dime, Jesus focuses on our human need for forgiveness.
The woman at Jesus’ feet was broken by the magnitude of her need for forgiveness. Simon, on the other hand, was deceived, hard-hearted and resistant to his need for forgiveness.
Both had the cancer of sin coursing through their bodies. Each needed to repent and turn to Jesus to be forgiven.
Try something “out of the box” today. Imagine yourself in this Biblical scene, and in the comments below, list who you identify with most (the Pharisee or the sinful woman). Briefly explain why.