What Jesus Did! 'Speaking to Our Thoughts!' — Luke 7:39-40

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Pharisee that asked Jesus to come to his house saw this. He thought to himself, "If this man (Jesus) were a prophet, he would know that the woman who is touching him is a sinner!" In response, Jesus said to the Pharisee, "Simon, I have something to say to you." Simon said, "Let me hear it, teacher."
— Luke 7:39-40
Illustration of Luke 7:39-40 — "Let me hear it, teacher."

Key Thought

I love the way Luke describes this, "Jesus spoke up and answered his thoughts." I'm sure I don't want Jesus answering my thoughts in front of a room full of important guests. I have some thoughts that aren't as righteous as I would like. I'm trying to "take every thought captive" and let the Holy Spirit guide my thoughts as well as my words and behavior. Unfortunately my intentions and my performance haven't become completely congruent. How about yours? Interestingly, if we are led by the Spirit, I believe Jesus does answer our thoughts. All too often we are not open to hearing his voice because it comes in forms less direct than the words this Pharisee is about to receive. Jesus can answer our thoughts in the sermon message on Sunday, often by stray comments that are not centered on the main topic of the message. Jesus can answer our thoughts through the books we read, songs we hear, conversations we have, and our meditations that occur with the prayers that we offer. Sometimes it takes a boatload of the messages to get through to us, but they are there if we are listening. So often we segregate, insulate, and compartmentalize our lives so that we expect holy messages only during "holy times"—our quiet times, our church experiences, our retreats with other Christians, etc. However, if we begin each day with a purpose to walk with the Lord led by the Holy Spirit, then God is shaping us through the events, conversations, and messages we receive and our reactions to them. Jesus still knows our thoughts! He still speaks to them through his Word and also through his Spirit. Let's tear down the wall between the secular and the sacred and let Jesus be Lord of all of life. Then, let's begin each day with the words of Simon, "All right, Teacher ... go ahead; I'm listening!"

Today's Prayer

O precious and majestic Father, God of all the universe and my Abba Father, awaken my mind and open my heart to hear all that you are seeking to say to me through your Word, through your world, and through your people. Shape me and mold me as I seek to guard my heart from what is false and contaminating input and open my heart to your messages in my everyday life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him. Jesus went into the Pharisee's house and took a place at the table. There was a sinful woman in that town. She knew that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house. So the woman brought some perfume in an alabaster jar. She stood at Jesus' feet, crying. Then she began to wash his feet with her tears. She dried Jesus' feet with her hair. She kissed his feet many times and rubbed them with perfume. The Pharisee that asked Jesus to come to his house saw this. He thought to himself, "If this man (Jesus) were a prophet, he would know that the woman who is touching him is a sinner!" In response, Jesus said to the Pharisee, "Simon, I have something to say to you." Simon said, "Let me hear it, teacher." Jesus said, "There were two men. Both men owed money to the same banker. One man owed the banker 500 silver coins. The other man owed the banker 50 silver coins. The men had no money, so they could not pay their debt. But the banker told the men that they did not have to pay him. Which one of those two men will love the banker more?" Simon answered, "I think it would be the one that owed him the most money." Jesus said to Simon, "You are right." Then Jesus turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? When I came into your house, you gave me no water for my feet. But she washed my feet with her tears and dried my feet with her hair. You did not greet me with a kiss, but she has been kissing my feet since I came in! You did not honor me with oil for my head, but she rubbed my feet with her sweet-smelling oil. I tell you that her many sins are forgiven. This is clear, because she showed great love. But the person that feels only a little need to be forgiven will feel only a little love when he is forgiven." Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." The people sitting at the table began to think to themselves, "Who does this man (Jesus) think he is? How can he forgive sins?" Jesus said to the woman,"Because you believed, you are saved {from your sins}. Go in peace."

Luke 7:36-50

Related Scripture Readings

The heavens speak about God's glory. The skies tell about the good things his hands have made. Each new day tells more of the story. And each night reveals more and more about God's power. You can't really hear any speech or words. They don't make any sound we can hear. But their "voice" goes throughout the world. Their "words" go to the ends of the earth. The sky is like a home for the sun. Worshiping the Lord is like a light that will shine bright forever. The Lord's judgments are good and fair. They are completely right. The Lord's teachings are worth more than the best gold. They are sweeter than the best honey that comes straight from the honeycomb. The Lord's teachings warn his servant. Good things come from obeying them. {Lord,} no person can see all of his own mistakes. So don't let me do secret sins. Don't let me do the sins I want to do. Don't let those sins rule me. If you help me, then I can be pure and free from my sins. I hope my words and thoughts please you. Lord, you are my Rock—You are the One who saves me.

Psalm 19:1-4, 9-14

My dear friends, you have always obeyed. You obeyed God when I was with you. It is even more important that you obey now while I am not there {to help you}. You yourselves must live in a way that moves you toward your salvation. Do this with respect and fear for God. Yes, God is working in you. God helps you want to do the things that please him. And he gives you the power to do these things.

Philippians 2:12-13

We know that in everything God works for the good of those people that love him. These are the people God called (chose), because that was his plan. God knew those people before he made the world. And God decided that those people would be like his Son (Jesus). Then Jesus would be the firstborn of many brothers and sisters. God planned for those people to be like his Son. And he called (chose) those people. God called those people and made them right with him. And God gave his glory to those people that he made right.

Romans 8:28-30

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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