Questions Jesus Asked #87

Luke 7:44 – Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.”   NIV

This question is a continuation of Jesus’ dialog with Simon the Pharisee after Simon was visibly upset (offended) that a woman of questionable reputation came into his dining room and washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. He seemed offended not only at the woman but at Jesus for allowing her to do such a risqué thing in his house. With the previous question and the follow up story, Jesus attempts to open Simon eyes to the woman’s motive for her actions.  Her motivation seems to be gratitude for God’s forgiveness and mercy.  One might assume that after hearing Jesus, she had made a life changing decision to follow Him and accept God’s love, mercy, and salvation. She was grateful. Continue reading

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Questions Jesus Asked #34

Matthew 20:9-16 – “The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These men who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

            13 “But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

            16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” NIV

Here is the remainder of the Jesus’ parable and the part that often causes much discussion. It’s the end of the laborer’s day and time to receive pay.  The owner calls them up beginning with the last workers hired. To everyone’s surprise, he pays these last guys hired a full day’s wage which immediately gets the workers hired first thing in the morning thinking that they will be getting a little extra just to be “fair.” To their surprise, the owner pays them a full day’s wage, also. They begin complaining about the “fairness” and “equity” of the situation. It is then that Jesus using the owner’s words asks the questions in the parable. Continue reading