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LUKE 7:36-50

(A verse-by-verse commentary)

one of the most interesting events in the bible!

 

 A Preacher in his Study

 

 

LESSON 1, VERSES 36-37:

The Lord Jesus and the Pharisees, despite contemporary scholarship, just did not agree on many things, not at all.

Luke 7:30 tells us: "But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves."

Then Jesus tells a story, a brief parable, about these self-righteous men. "And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!" Luke 7:31-34

Seems that they, the Pharisees and their kind, are going to criticize the Lord and His Helpers, no matter what.

Therefore what happens next is a surprise! It might even be a trick! It is not a case of genuine hospitality!

"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." Luke 7:36

The noun "pharisee" is Hebrew really, where "parash" means "separated, distinct, different." These men were fanatical observers of the Jewish Law, having added hundreds of commands and rituals beyond those of Moses in the Pentateuch. They were the super-separatists of their day, yet spiritually dead!

"Sat down to meat" really translates one verb, "anaklino," which literally means "to lay down!" To recline, to fall backward. He was likely on the floor, leaning on one elbow, eating with the other hand. The table would have not been very high. This was their custom in those days, too.

All that would not matter except for what is about to happen next. "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." Luke 7:37

Doors on those homes remaining open, even during mealtimes, outsiders were allowed to wander in and out, particularly if they had come to hear what any guest of honor might want to say.

So here comes a "woman in the city." The city might be Nain, where the Lord had just raised a widow's son from the dead!

This woman is identified only as a "sinner." But "hamartolos" is a code word here, a "lady of the streets!" An immoral woman, a common prostitute is likely meant. So agrees such able expositors as G. Campbell Morgan anyway, among many others.

This lady has brought something with her, too. It's an "alabaster box full of ointment." A sheetrock like substance, "alabaster" was easily fractured yet substantial enough to hold a thick liquid, at least for a while. "Ointment" is "muron," a copious supply of "perfume."

Even the verb "brought" is interesting, "komizo." It means "taking care of, carefully tending" something. She was cautious and particular and tender with this delicate cargo!

It must not "break" until just the right second!

This lady is on a mission of "gratefulness!"

She has come to "worship!"

She fully means "to adore" the Lord Jesus.

And, I think, she is determined!

Next Lesson, tomorrow morning, we're going to see what she does next. It breaks all kinds of social norms!

The word "supercilious" means "raising eyebrows!" And such a thing is about to occur in this Pharisee's home!

And, most surprising of all, Jesus lets the woman proceed!

He almost seems to enjoy the attention!

Maybe some of us today should adore Him, too!

Treat Him lavishly!

Worship Him, heaping loads of praise on His Person, His Character!

He might enjoy that, too!

                                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 2, VERSE 38:

Of all the things ever done to Jesus, things honorable and holy, today's Verse may describe the most reverent!

And a lady is the worshipper.

"And she 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." Luke 7:38

Now these actions would have been unusual had they been performed by the wife of Jesus' host that day, a Pharisee named Simon.

But this lady is an outsider, and a "sinner" too!

At least that's her reputation in the city.

Using a host of verbs, varied in tense and voice and mood, she simply "adores" our dear Lord!

This is undoubtedly an act of pure worship!

One of the most unique in all the Bible.

If Jesus was reclining at the table, as was the custom then, the lady has positioned herself near His feet, just where she intended to be! There is forethought here, and careful preparation!

She "stood" right there a minute. "And she stood at his feet behind him weeping," says Luke.

"Histemi" is framed here as an aorist participle. Her demeanor is being described. "Behind" is "opiso." So Jesus, while eating His meal, could not have been looking directly at her!

"Weeping" is "klaio," another participle, but present tense and active voice this time. She sobs, cries, sheds tears of gratefulness! This continues the whole time she is bathing Jesus' feet, the weeping!

She may have once been a hard-hearted woman of the streets, but now she has softened and mellowed and developed into a lady with much higher aspirations.

But she is not through, not yet! "She began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head," again Luke tells us.

The verb "wash" is "brecho," meaning "to moisten, to wet, to rain upon." This is not the word for "immerse." Her very tears serve as the cleansing agent! To bathe someone's feet in that ancient culture was an act of propriety. A thing to be done for every significant guest.

The amazing thing here is not what is being done to Jesus, but who is doing it! Such a person, a "sinner" woman!

But, Jesus came to save sinners!

The verb "wipe" is "ekmasso." Now we have an imperfect indicative active action word. Once she started "wiping" she could not quit! She had "touched" our Lord's feet, and she liked the whole experience!

I like it when we "touch," too!

There is not One in all the universe like Him!

But get this!

She had to unbind her hair, losing and dropping it from its bun, in order to "wipe and bathe His feet!"

This breaks another social taboo of her day!

A lady's hair was thought to be a private matter, its color and length and beauty! Paul even called it the "glory" of a woman. She gives Jesus her "all." Pushing the limits, yet she knows assuredly that Jesus will never harm her or touch her or abuse her in any way!

He is sinless.

And somehow she knows she can do this to the Lord, without any fear whatsoever!

But she now becomes even more bold! "She kissed His feet," Mary the Sister of Lazarus didn't even do that! But this woman does! Does another woman ever kiss Jesus?

Like this?

Then she breaks open her bottle of "ointment," just another word for "perfume." She does this "to anoint" Jesus' feet, with "aleipho" meaning "to rub." Slowly and respectfully too. Indicative perfect active again! She can't quit! She puts energy into her worship!

"And she 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." Luke 7:38

All I can say is "Wow!"

"Go for it," lady!

Outlandish worship, a better word, luxurious worship, or maybe even unrestrained worship, is not all bad!

And Jesus lets her do all these things!

He could have stopped her any moment.

In fact, our Lord might have enjoyed the attention!

I still believe He revels and delights in our adoration!

He is most pleased with us ... when we are most pleased with him!

Have we ever thought of doing something like this to Jesus?

For Jesus?

Something extravagant?

Something unusual?

Out of the ordinary?

Just to tell Him we love Him!

Just to thank Him for the first million things He's done!

Starting with our salvation!

The very fact that this event is recorded in the canonical Scriptures says a lot!

Luke is meticulous in his writing.

While many will criticize this scene, perhaps some reading here today, the Lord does not!

He, in fact, defends this woman when Simon, Jesus' supposed host, attacks her!

I wish I knew how to give an invitation, at Church, in a public Service I mean, where each worshipper who so chose could come to the altar. Come and break open a small vial of perfume and lift it to Jesus! Filling the whole Church with that fragrance! A sweet-smelling aroma drifting heavenward! A picture of our praise and thanks and respect!

Just to tell Him what He is worth to us!

What a treasure He is!

This all occurred at a simple meal one day, but it feels to me like we've been on holy ground!

Thank God for this woman!

And what she might have taught us today, the first Saturday in August.

A woman we shall some day meet in Heaven!

That's for sure.

                                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 3, VERSE 39:

The devil is a jealous creature.

He is particularly envious of the Lord God Almighty.

We have every reason to believe that Satan wants to be "worshipped," usurping his throne over that of the Lord!

He even suggested such to Jesus one day. "Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." Matthew 4:8-10

These thoughts might help explain the reaction of the Pharisee in our Text, Luke 7:35-50. A woman has been worshipping Jesus, lavishly so. Anointing His feet with oil and kissing them with her lips and bathing them, wiping them dry with her hair!

True adoration!

Then Simon, the Pharisee and Jesus' "host" for the occasion enters the picture: "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." Luke 7:39

The verb "had bidden" translates "kaleo," to invite by "calling" someone to come to an event. The verb "saw" is "eido," meaning "to perceive or understand," not merely to visually observe. Also note that these thoughts were not expressed out loud. Silently, "within himself," he reasons.

He denies that Jesus is a true prophet! He's using "prophetes" in its literal sense, as one who "declares in advance" or "says ahead of time" certain things, yet future.

And all this reasoning, false as it is, is based on the fact that Jesus seems not to know what "manner" of woman this is! The lady who, "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." Luke 7:38

Simon believes Jesus should have instantly known this lady's character! And should consequently have rejected her, sternly!

Jesus did know! He knows all things. He is God the Son.

He just did not refuse the lady! He did not send her away!

"What manner of" is "potapos," meaning "from another country!" She, in other words, was "different" than the Pharisees! She was a "sinner" to them, a lady with questionable morals. "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." Luke 7:39

Apparently she really was a woman of low social standing. Maybe even a harlot, a prostitute! A true "sinner!"

That verb "toucheth" is "haptomai," meaning "to fasten oneself to, to cling to, to adhere to" a person! It's an indicative present middle verb, too! She kept on "touching" Jesus!

And all this offends the Pharisee!

It's the same old charge as before, Jesus associating with sinners!

But do keep this in mind. Jesus did not approach this lady. She came to Him! He was, in a sense, a captive audience. He was reclining at table, in a relatively crowded room. Servants all around, disciples too.

Still, I suspect, Jesus would have allowed her to worship Him anyway!

And to love Him and touch Him and pour perfume on Him!

She is expressing her thankfulness, her gratitude, for the grace of God! For the Son of God, too!

I am so glad Jesus was willing to risk criticism ... really more than that, even death on the Cross ... in order to save sinners!

Sinners like you and me.

And then I am also glad He is willing to let us love Him!

To reach out and "touch" Him by faith!

To heap words of praise and adoration upon His Person, glorifying Him and exalting Him, from the depths of our hearts!

In fact, Jesus' next words to the insincere Pharisee actually defend this woman!

But for them, we must wait until tomorrow.

But they are good!

This love of sinners is what kept Jesus in trouble with the fanatically strict religious establishment of His day.

Again and again they grumbled about Him. Here's a typical example, Luke 15:2. "And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them."

To which most of us reply, "Praise the Lord!"

That's how we got saved!

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 4, VERSES 40-43:

Jesus often explained vital Bible truth by telling a simple story, something like a parable, to those listening.

He does that again today, Luke 7:40-43. "And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged."

The name "Simon" means "to hear," in Hebrew anyway. And most New Testament names, being Jewish, have that background of course. Jesus is going to see if Simon can not only "hear," but "understand" as well!

Also watch what Simon the Pharisee called Jesus the Lord. "Master," that's all he could manage! "Master" is "didaskalos" in Greek, just meaning "teacher." Often those who are only willing to acknowledge Jesus as "teacher" have not yet been saved!

Jesus really is much more than "teacher!" He is God, God the Son! God incarnate! Or as they used to say, "Very God of Very God!"

But now to the story itself. The noun "creditor" is from the verb "daneizo," meaning "to lend money." While it is believed that "debtor" is related to a word that means "to borrow."

The money unit here called a "pence" is roughly the equivalent of a day's wages, in the days of Jesus. It is spelled "denarion," meaning "ten." It once was the price a man would pay for "ten" donkeys! That's how the etymology developed! This coin became the mainstay of Roman commerce.

Two creditors are presented. One owes more than the other, ten times more! "Five hundred pence" is nearly a year and a half's labor, with no days off! A lot of money!

"Fifty pence," while certainly not a small amount, at least would have been manageable for a poor family. Still, that would have been over seven week's labor!

Either way, both these people are without money! "They had nothing to pay," we are told.

The "lender" could have had them thrown in jail! Or could have taken their children as slaves! Or confiscated their homes!

But he did none of these things.

He "frankly forgave" them! That's one word in Greek, a single verb.

And "charizomai" is dominated by the Greek noun for "grace," spelled "charis." It means "to do something kind" for someone! The wealthy man "freely gave" these two poor men all that money! The money owner "graced away" the indebtedness of two penniless men!

How "graceful" indeed!

Now, Jesus has a question for Simon. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

Logically, and correctly, Simon answers. Maybe carelessly, maybe with a tinge of guilt in his voice, the Pharisee probably is already "getting" the meaning of Jesus' story! "Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most."

 Yes!

The more the "gift," the greater the "gratefulness." One would presume so anyway.

"And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged."

Here's the point.

The woman, a "sinner," who had been so publicly worshipping Jesus, crying and anointing the Lord with her tears had been forgiven much, metaphorically more than any five hundred pence!

But the Pharisee, in his own eyes relatively "sinless," would only have been forgiven little. Maybe, if he stretched it, fifty pence worth.

Then, who would be most grateful?

Which of the two debtors would have responded most visibly?

Most demonstratively?

The "sinner" lady, for sure!

Not the "self-righteous" man!

And here again is how she responded to Jesus' Grace. "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, 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." Luke 7:37-38

She had been loved much by the Lord, forgiven many sins!

This is wonderful!

Of course, this lesson today will only thrill sinners. Sinners like me and you! I'm not even sure a person can get "saved" until he gets "lost," realizing what a "sinner" he or she really is!

And, by the way, you may "think" the sins Christ has forgiven you are "few," but you had better look again!

All of us have left quite a record behind, during those terribly sinful years.

Goodness, had Jesus forgiven us of but one sin, a single wrongdoing, that blot alone would have been enough to send us to Hell!

A cleansed record of any kind, long or short, should set us to shouting and worshipping and thanking!

And perhaps even "anointing" Jesus with sincere words of praise, lavish words of praise!

Friend today, has He "forgiven" you?

Are your sin "debts" gone?

Then, respond appropriately!

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 5, VERSES 44-47:

Truly God's ways are not our ways, just like Isaiah preached! "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9

Jesus illustrates this Text vividly in today's lesson. A woman known as a sinner has approached our Lord. She so adores Him that she anoints His feet, first with her own tears then later with a bottle of perfume!

Jesus sees in her actions old fashioned "hospitality!"

Of all things!

"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. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. 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." Luke 7:44-47

The Lord is addressing Simon, the Pharisee who had invited Jesus to supper. Yet Simon had not treated out Lord with utmost respect. He had not even offered Jesus the common courtesies of the day!

He had not greeted Jesus with a kiss, as He entered the dwelling. He had not bathed Jesus' feet, cleaning off the dust and grime of the streets. He had offered no anointing oil, a refreshing if optional treat, both fragrant and relaxing.

In fact, Jesus is nearly ignored it seems!

But what Simon lacked, this woman possessed!

Her tears as water!

Plenty of kisses, but for His feet! There's noting improper here, either. Please understand that.

And she has anointing oil aplenty, too!

And all these things are based, not on financial considerations, but on sheer respect! Gratefulness too!

Simon merely tolerated Jesus.

The woman, the lady, adored Him!

"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." Luke 7:44

Jesus' posture must be noticed here. The woman is standing behind our Lord, who is reclining face-first toward the table. Therefore He had to turn to see her.

Though now facing the lady, Jesus talks to Simon, seated at the most honorable seat at the whole table, no doubt.

The most outstanding thing here, I think, is the fact of the lady's hair! She had unloosed it, letting it fall around her body. Then she must have gathered it into her hands and used it as a makeshift towel, wiping and drying His feet! Using her tears as water!

This is worship, no doubt!

But it is nearly intimate, too!

It would have, and did, raise "eyebrows" in that room!

But Jesus allows her to continue.

A woman's hair, back in those days, was intensely private, personal, and almost always hidden!

Not here!

Not today!

This woman possesses gratitude and respect and adoration for Jesus that far outweigh any conventional taboos that might have ordinarily prevailed.

And, apparently, Jesus agreed.

"Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet." Luke 7:45, Jesus still talking to Simon.

The verb for kiss is "phileo," but Luke intensifies it here, "kataphileo." The Greek teachers say it means "to tenderly kiss," quoting a well-known Bible dictionary. Technically it is saying that she kissed all the way down His feet, likely from ankles to toes. "Kata" means "down" in their language.

I can't wait until the day I can kiss Him!

He saved my soul from Hell!

"My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment." Luke 7:46

Her contact with Jesus' feet shows humility! She does not touch His Head, perhaps thinking she is not worthy. Perhaps out of respect and propriety as well.

Next, referring to the little story, the little parable, Jesus told about the forgiven debts, our Lord says: "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." Luke 7:47

Jesus just forgave her sins!

Her "many" sins, Jesus mentions! And "polus" means "great" as well as "numerous," too!

Jesus forgave her by divine decree!

The verb "to forgive" is "aphiemi," meaning "to send them away, far away!" Jesus just packed up her sins, quite a load of them, and banished them forever!

Folks, only God can do this!

And that's all right.

Jesus is God!

Lastly, Jesus notes that this lady loved "much!"

Get it?

Just like in His parable, the one forgiven the most ... loves the most!

Therefore, if one sees himself as quite righteous, not much of a sinner at all, he will not be as grateful for God's forgiving grace!

Conversely, if we will truly realize the mountains of sin Jesus has washed away, our sins, dirty and vile as they can be, we will thank Him and praise Him and love Him with all our strength!

Lord, let it be so!

Jesus is, to say the least, impressed with this lady's devotion!

And Simon's lack of devotion, too.

Does anyone reading here today love the Lord?

Has He forgiven you?

Let Him know how much you love Him this morning!

Tell Him!

Inform Him that when you see Him, there's going to be some more display of affection!

He will thrill to you fervency!

He delights in our love, such as we are.

Forgiven, through His Blood and by his Grace!

Praise His good Name!

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 6, VERSES 48-50:

The Lord today does more than accept a lady's worship.

He forgives her sins too!

Or maybe He is assuring her of recently forgiven sins. The grammar here allows that possibility.

"And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee." Luke 7:48-50

The verb "forgiven," if you recall, means "to send away!" They are gone! By virtue of the Death of Jesus on the Cross, shedding His precious Blood for lost sinners.

This startling statement, "Thy sins are forgiven," started a hearty round of table conversation, dialogue filled with scorn.

"And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?"

In other words, "Who does He think He is?"

The point being, only God can forgive sins!

But here's the Truth of the matter, Jesus is God!

And I think that's part, a large part, of what the Lord was doing that day. It might have even been why he accepted the Pharisee's invitation to dinner! Men and women must know who Jesus really is! He is God the Son, the only Begotten One!

Then, as if to reemphasize the fact, Jesus responds further: "And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee."

He declares her, based on her trust in Jesus, "saved!"

The tense of the "hath saved" verb is "perfect," action that has already been completed in the past! She had been saved sometime previously it seems. But the "perfect" tense also demands that we realize that this past action has continuing results!

She will now stay saved!

There will never again be another day when she is not saved!

Saved eternally!

It did not take Jesus half a minute to "save" her!

But it took Him over six hours on the Cross to "pay" for that salvation!

He had to die for her sins, and yours, and mine!

Look again at that last sentence, that last clause. Where Jesus said: "Thy faith hath saved thee."

It does not have a single word over one syllable!

Monosyllables all!

Yet it's one of the most powerful sentences ever uttered!

It changed this woman's eternal destiny!

These are the most important words she's ever heard!

Or ever will!

How about you?

Are you saved?

Do you have that assurance?

"Thy sins are forgiven?"

"Thy faith hath saved thee?"

You, today, can turn those question marks into exclamation points!

By belief in His Name!

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." John 5:24, Jesus' very words!

Yes, John 5:24, that's how it's done!

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 7, VERSE 50, "GO IN PEACE," THAT LAST CLAUSE:

The last thing Jesus said to the lady is unique. "Go in peace," our Lord commanded her. That's how Luke 7:50 ends.

The whole verse, most of which we studied yesterday: "And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace."

The remarkable thing about that last clause is its construction, grammatically speaking. In Greek it reads "poreuou eis eirenen."

The unit's verb, "go," is spelled "poreuomai" in its basic form. It means "to travel from one point to another." It's translated "depart" 11 times and "walk" 9 more times in the King James Bible.

It is also expressed here in the middle voice, a property of verbs in Greek. Often the middle voice tells us that the subject, this particular lady, will be "changed" in following the action prescribed. She will never be the same again!

Jesus has saved her soul!

She's now a child of God!

Wonderful!

But still, Jesus did not simply say to her, "Go peacefully."

That's not the point here.

Or, "Go quietly."

No, not at all.

He literally said, "Go into," that's "eis," a preposition, "into."

"Go into peace."

She is entering inside a realm, a new world, a spiritual atmosphere ... of utter and perfect peace!

She just came "out of" turmoil.

And has gone "into" peace!

And "peace" is the old Hellenistic noun "eirene." It is constructed from the root word "eiro," meaning "to join together" two previously severed pieces of anything!

Reconciliation!

Restitution!

Restoration!

Repair!

"Eirene," the "state of being" into which we enter, immediately upon being born again!

A new quality of life!

A new dimension!

Harmony as opposed to chaos!

Order as opposed to clutter!

Tranquility as opposed to static!

Peace, a "oneness" of spirit, between God and this lady!

After so long a time of "broken" relationship with the Almighty!

It's as if Jesus built into her life a new "room!"

Not a den or kitchen or basement.

But a room named "peace!"

There, now, she can live!

She gave Him perfume!

He gave her peace!

And here's some more good news. Jesus has given every child of God that peace! Potentially so anyway!

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27, Jesus talking.

And later Paul, amazed, writes: "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7

And thrill to this one also! "Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means." 2nd Thessalonians 3:16

So, the lady leaves Jesus!

Never to be the same again!

From a life of sin!

To a life of peace!

No wonder she worshipped Him so!

Lord, do it again for someone today!

                                                                         --- Dr. Mike Bagwell     

 

 

                                  And the Lord still saves sinners, too!

 

 

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