Be Grateful – Luke 7:36-48 MSG


One of the passages in the Bible which attracted me the most is found in Luke 7:36-48.

Jesus has been invited to the home of a Pharisee, and has been treated as second class instead of the guest of honor by the host.

In those days, you would greet your guests with water to clean the dust off their sandal clad feet, and welcome them personally with a kiss. If you were wealthy, you might give them some perfume to help them freshen up after their journey to your home.

The Pharisee (Simon, as we find out from other tellings of this tale) did none of these.

However, a woman with a bad reputation (possibly a harlot, but also mentioned to be Mary of Bethany, sister of Lazarus & Martha) came in with a jar of perfume, which she broke over Jesus’ feet after she washed them with her tears and kissed them.

This didn’t go over well with the host or other attendees, but Jesus took this opportunity to bring the real issue to Simon’s attention.

Those who have been forgiven much are very grateful, and not afraid to express it.

May we never fail to be grateful  as His children for being set free from our past mistakes, & now forever part of His family!


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