Luke 7:36 - 47 "...whom little is forgiven... loveth little."
I might suggest that this was the most exciting day in the life of this man, Simon the Pharisee. He had managed to get the most amazing man in history into his home.
I am quite sure Simon thought to filter the number of people he
would have come into the place to eat.
Everything was lovely, the garden, the table... he had worked out every
It became a day that he never, never, never wanted to remember!He said, "This is going to be the day of my exhalation."
It became the day of his humiliation!He said, "People are going to leave this banquet talking about my liberality."
They left it talking about his stupidity!He was so intent, he was so sure that everything was right.
It became one of those days where everything goes beautifully wrong.
I can imagine that he just got down and conditioned all the servants there
and said, "Now, alert me when so and so comes."
This man got excited about this business. Everybody at the banquet and everything was in the right place.
And I think in the middle, somewhere after a few of his guests had come, one
of the servant signals and says,
And I can see Jesus coming in at the back door. At the back door He wasn't' concerned about the welcome.
And Simon comes and says, "I've missed it. He's no prophet. If He
were a prophet He'd know what kind of a woman this is. She is a sinner."
"A certain man had two creditors. One of them owed him five hundred pence, the other fifty. He forgave them both. Who will love him most?" "The man with the biggest debt."
I can imagine that woman trembling outside of the door and saying, "I'm
It's going to be like that in the great day. The first are going to be last. Some of the greatest preachers you know will be right at the end of the line and some little widow that gave her life to prayer is going to be there right at the head. You see God's values are not our values. He isn't going to give me a reward because I preached so many sermons, or you singers because you sold so many records. You see, we put the accent where God never put it. We put an accent on working for Jesus. And there is no such thing. That's not the first thing that God requires. "The Father seeketh such to work for Him." No, no, no. I believe God is getting less worship today than ever He's gotten, despite the crowds we are getting. We want to work ourselves to death, give out tracts, run here, run there, come home exhausted and we've a plane to catch tomorrow and everybody is waiting for us.
This little woman stood outside the door with a trembling heart. You could
have seen it pounding under her dress. "I shouldn't go in," but she
said, "I am going to go in."
here, I think he might have.
It says this: "Oh, let me kiss Thy bleeding feet."
Could I ask you, how long it is since you were at His feet?
This woman is only found at the feet of Jesus. Each time she's seen in the
New Testament she is there, at His feet.
Will you remember this, that this precious ointment was given to Jesus three
You see, details are very important in Scripture. It says this box of Spikenard was very precious though it only weighed a pound. (The man who came at Jesus burial with His gift brought a hundred pounds of Spikenard.) This box is worth three hundred pence, which means she must have saved up for fifteen years to get it. And if her brother was Lazarus she didn't love her brother enough to embalm him when he died. She was saving it for her own funeral.
But, you see, this woman brings her gift. It is only a pound, but it is very precious. The man brought a hundred pounds of ointment, but now Jesus was dead! -- A smart American said this, "Do your giving when you're living, then you're knowing where it's going." That's better than anything Shakespeare ever said. If you leave ten million dollars to Jesus Christ or to His Kingdom when you die He won't give you ten cents for it at the Judgment Seat. You say, "How do you know?" Well my old English Bible says, "The Lord loveth," the what? All right, you've got a casket here with a millionaire. He left ten million dollars to the church and before I shove the lid down I want you to come up here and have a look. Does he look too cheerful? He should do, he's given ten million to missions. "The Lord loveth a cheerful giver..." He didn't give the ten million! Death put the pistol to his head and killed him. He'd still have the ten million if he was alive; he gave it reluctantly.
This woman brings her precious gift of ointment. Now, notice what she did. According to custom she should've washed His feet, kissed His cheeks. But those feet...she is going to see them in a few days with the nails driven through.
And she doesn't anoint His head,
I've often thought of those feet that were weary upon that dusty road. Those feet that sometimes had the thorns in them and got the gravel between the toes and it was awfully uncomfortable. And a precious woman one day said,
"I won't wash His feet with water. I'll wash His feet with my tears, if
I get the chance.
But listen, did you get the point? She not only washed His feet with tears.
She took that ointment and put it on His head and put it on His feet.
You see, we think that if we read a lot of books about the deeper life, as
good as they are, they will make us a saint. I've got news for you. Even
reading the Bible won't make you a saint! You've got to get it in your blood
You can be a cantankerous, bitter, rough, edgy, stiff, resentful, almost
cruel kind of Christian, work yourself to death, say, "I guess I give out
more tracts than anybody around here. I labor harder than anybody else"
...and miss the bus!
God seeks those who worship Him. And I say again, I like what Wesley said, "Let me kiss Thy bleeding feet and bath and wash them with my tears."
When did you last seize Him by His feet and say,
Dr. Tozer told me as a mature man in his sixties that there where times when he lay on the rug for an hour, two hours, three hours, four hours and never uttered a word of prayer, and never uttered a word of praise. He said, "I'm lost in adoration, I see Him in His glory, in His majesty, in His beauty. I can hear those holy beings crying, 'Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord.'" And he said, "I'm silent in adoration before Him. I had no language, it is beggered." And he had a vocabulary as good as any man I know, and he had read more of the mystics, I think, than any man I know, and he had some of the closest encounters to God of any man I know.
When you came in this morning God Almighty didn't see if you had a ring on
your finger worth ten thousand dollars, or if you had a hairdo or not. God
never saw you this morning externally. The Bible makes it clear, "God
looketh not on the outward appearance, but on the heart." But most
churches I go to today I would imagine that, that is reversed, that God looks on
the outside and not on the heart. Some of us are beautifully dressed this
morning and we've got rags on the inside. We've got expensive cars or jewelry
and we are poverty stricken within for the simple reason that we've never
developed this wonderful area of worship. Worshipping Him in Spirit and in
Truth and in the very beauty of holiness.
This is a very beautiful story; I wish I had time to develop it. But I like to see this poor man, he is standing there and Jesus says, "You missed it."
Did you ever try to get God to understand things your way? I confess I have.
I can see this man saying, "Well, Lord, you don't understand what it cost me to lay this banquet." "Well, Lord, I had to raise a loan in order to, to ... Well, I rented these precious things, these golden vessels and... and all this food is out of season, and You know, You know what it really costs!"
Well, my time's nearly up. But let me suggest to you that the story in the
Matthew 26 is the same. One little word is injected in this account of the
story, but a very illuminating word. As far as I'm concerned it turns the whole
story round. It says He went into the house of Simon the leper. Well,
how could a leper be in the house? Only one reason he could be there,
he got healed of his leprosy. Who healed him? Jesus.
You took time to get ready for church this morning, but listen, did you get down and worship Him this morning? Because the greatest thing you could do is not bring your tithe and your offering and sit and look pretty and smell nice. Did you get alone with Him this morning? Not in a crowd of people, but did you say alone, "My Jesus I love Thee I know Thou art mine." It's a bit late to say, "I'll say when the death dew lies cold on my brow, My Jesus if ever I loved Thee 'tis now." Did you get alone and worship Him this morning?
He came to the house of Simon the leper, and the healed leper forgot
to kiss Him.
And one day Jesus passed that way. He must have done, because there was no other way to be healed. And Jesus touched him and made him whole.
And he went to the gate and they said,
He went to the temple and the priest said, "You
He came home and the wife said, "Oh, don't touch
And it was the man who got that cleansing who forgot to kiss Jesus.
And if you say, "Well, brother Ravenhill, I was never a drug addict or
a prostitute." Wait a minute, wait a minute. Are you saying, "He
didn't lift me up of a horrible pit?" But you were going to a
God is seeking that we worship Him.
You know, at the end of this day, however much I preach, however much you
sing, however much you serve, the Lord is going to get a record.
Thou Gavest Me No Water, Thou Gavest Me No Oil, Thou Gavest Me No Kiss.'"
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