Questions Jesus Asked #86

Luke 7:39-43 – When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is — that she is a sinner.”

            40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

            “Tell me, teacher,” he said.

            41 “Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 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?”

            43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”

            “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. NIV

The occasion for this conversation between Jesus and a Pharisee named Simon was an incident that happened while Jesus was eating dinner at Simon’s house recorded in Luke 7:36-50.  Jesus and his disciples went to Simon’s house and reclined at his table … meaning that they were eating in the customary position of lying (probably on pillows) on their sides with their feet behind them.  A woman who had lived a sinful life in that town came up to Jesus’ feet and washed them with her tears, dried them with her hair, and anointed them with expensive perfume. It was a great display of gratitude, however considered very risqué by Simon when he considered who it was that Jesus let touch Him.  Simon thought that Jesus must not be a prophet or a man of God or He would know the sinfulness and reputation of this woman. Continue reading

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Questions Jesus Asked #85

Luke 6:46  (see Matt 7:21-23; 24-27 house on rock,  for commentary, John 13:13-17) –            “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”  NIV

Jesus concludes this Sermon on the Plain in the same manner that He concluded the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 … with the parable of the wise and foolish home-builders, comparing them to those who obeyed His teaching and those who did not.  In the Sermon on the Plain, He comes right out and asks the question, Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”  This is a question that He asks to each of us who claim to follow Him. Continue reading

Questions Jesus Asked # 84

Luke 6:39-40    (Matthew 15:14 – Jesus uses parable but not as a question) –  He also told them this parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?  40 A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” NIV

The obvious answer to Jesus’ question is “no.”  It would be really difficult for a person who cannot see to lead another person who cannot see. This doesn’t mean that the two blind people don’t have something in common and have a good understanding of what each is facing in life.  It means that it would be difficult if not impossible for them to easily get anywhere without the danger of walking into some pitfall. Continue reading

Questions Jesus Asked #83

Luke 6:34 –  “And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full.”  NIV

This certainly an interesting saying!  It can be taken in several different ways. When one sees the word lend, I think that it comes with the idea of receiving it back at some point. If one wasn’t expecting anything back, then why not use the word give?   In other words … if I lend to someone expecting no repayment, didn’t I just give it to them? Is that what Jesus was saying? Possibly … possibly not quite … let’s go deeper … Continue reading

Questions Jesus Asked #82

Luke 6:33 – And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that.”  NIV

This question and the ones surrounding it are questions bracketed by Jesus’ instruction:  “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, …” (Luke 6:27) and “But love your enemies, do good to them, … (Luke 6:35 – NIV).  This seems so contrary to our feelings and the way that most of the world operates.  Yet Jesus urges His followers to “love your enemies,” and He’s not just talking about a warm fuzzy feeling.  He’s talking about a love that acts … a love that does good things for people who dislike and even hate us! Why? He says that there are a couple of reasons according to Luke 6:35-36: “Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (NIV).   Continue reading