54. Which of them will love him more?
Luke 7:42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”
Read: Luke 7:36-50
Setting: Nain: 10 miles SE of Nazareth
house of Simon the Pharisee; requested Jesus to join him for a meal – given way Simon treated Jesus, had less than upright reason for invitation
Pharisee who likely prided himself on keeping of “religious” rules failed to observe basic rules of hospitality toward Jesus
no water to wash his feet, no kiss (= handshake or hug) of greeting, no fragrant olive oil poured over his head
given relative social position, Simon looked down, way down on the woman; thoughts could have been reflected in expression, giving him away – Jesus knew what he was thinking
Jesus received permission to speak, told parable of two debtors: one owed two month’s wages, the other nearly two year’s wages, neither had any spendable income to satisfy their debt yet both were freely forgiven
Person(s) being questioned:
as often the case, Jesus intended everyone within earshot to hear and benefit – question was specifically directed to Simon
there were others at the table – see v.49
Question behind the question:
What are the connections between debt, forgiveness, and love?
Who has shown Me greater love?
Since there are two debtors equally destitute and the woman is one, who is the other?
NOTE: they are both in debt, they are both totally unable to satisfy their debt
since Jesus kinda set him up to give the right answer, he expected the one Simon gave
is obviously so from Jesus’ reply to Simon’s answer: “You have judged rightly”
both Simon and the woman had a debt to God they were unable to satisfy – the only difference was perhaps one of degree
the woman by her actions showed her understanding of her need and Jesus’ provision, Simon had showed neither
God’s gift of forgiveness is freely given, yet it comes with an expectation – that the one who receives will show understanding and appreciation
understanding of need and its magnitude, appreciation for the gracious gift, action to demonstrate both
we and others have same kind of debt, same absolute lack of resources to satisfy it, same dependence on God’s gracious forgiveness
really only one difference: we cannot show thankfulness directly to Jesus as the woman did – must be filtered through his statement: Matt. 25:40 “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'”
the more we believe we have been forgiven, the more love we should show to one another