January 11, 2022

Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” (Luke 7:39)
As I read today’s Scripture from (Luke 7:39) this morning, I tried imagining how embarrassed Simon must have been when he realized that Jesus knew what his thoughts were about Mary Magdalene, a known prostitute. Just like Simon, Jesus knows everything about us; He can read our minds. He knows what is in our hearts because He is God. Before Simon had a chance to speak, Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you” (v.40). Then Jesus proceeded to share a parable with Simon in (vv.41-42); Jesus said, “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he canceled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
Simon knew the answer; the pity was that it never reached his heart. He did not love Jesus the way Mary Magdalene did. Jesus turned to Mary as He looked back to Simon, and He said to Simon in (vv. 44-47), “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven — for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”
We are saved by grace, not by our works. Simon kept the Law; he was a righteous man; he was a religious man – yet that did not ensure a relationship with Jesus. Yes, Mary Magdalene had broken the Law; she was a sinner – yet she had a love relationship with Jesus. Although Simon had all the knowledge of the Laws (head knowledge), he did not know who Jesus was (had not made a heart connection) – but Mary did – she knew her Lord and Savior.
Friends, has our head knowledge of Christ made a heart connection yet? As we ponder over this question, may we also ask God to, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Psalm 139:23-24). Would you join me in this Prayer?
Father, I come before You today acknowledging my sins. I realize that You know everything about me; as Your child, this is comforting to me instead of being scary. I am thankful that at all times, You know what I am thinking. Father, thank You that You know me so well. I ask that You help me to know You intimately. Amen

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><


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