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06/24/12 Most Grateful!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Monday, June 25, 2012 Under: Sermon

Text: Luke 7:41-42

"There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?"

Intro: “What if”: what if someone knew what you were thinking? Many a conversation has started with someone saying you’re reading my mind, or I am glad you can’t read my mind. What if someone really knew what you were thinking? What if the ugly attitude that was recessed in the back of your mind was amplified so everyone could hear? What if! What if that false remark you made to someone could really be heard! (I like you haircut, but what you’re really thinking; that is a terrible haircut) what if! Well someone can – guess who, yeah you got it God, the omniscient one. The Lord knew the heart of the self-righteous one, just like He knows the heart of everyone!

What Is Sin

Man calls it an accident; God calls it an abomination.
Man calls it a blunder; God calls it blindness.
Man calls it a defect; God calls it a disease.
Man calls it a chance; God calls it a choice.
Man calls it an error; God calls it an enmity.
Man calls it a fascination; God calls it a fatality.
Man calls it an infirmity; God calls it an iniquity.
Man calls it a luxury; God calls it a leprosy.
Man calls it a liberty; God calls it lawlessness.
Man calls it a trifle; God calls it a tragedy.
Man calls it a mistake; God calls it a madness.
Man calls it a weakness; God calls it willfulness.
Moody Monthly

Application: The grace of God freely forgives sin.

1. Debtor #1: “One owed five hundred denarii”

"Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee's house, and sat down to eat. 37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, 38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil." Luke 7:36-38 (NKJV)

In the parable the behavior of the two debtors toward the moneylender or creditor is similar to the behavior of Simon and the sinful woman’s behavior toward him. Forgiveness and love: One leads to the other. As Jesus dined in the home of Simon the Pharisee, a woman known to be a sinner began washing his feet and weeping in sorrow for her sins. When Simon reacted with contempt, Jesus told a parable about a money lender who forgave two debts, one large and one small. He applied the story to the sinful woman and Simon:

• Repentance leads to forgiveness from God, resulting in affection for Christ - as the woman had shown.
• No repentance leads to no forgiveness, resulting in no affection for Christ - as shown by Simon.

Here we have a boaster! Thinks he is special, more important than others! This dude is cool he is someone. Simon was Debtor #1 he owed 500 Denair. It wouldn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the one who owed 500 denarii should be the most grateful. This sum would be approximately one and a half years’ wages. This moneylender (God) canceled the debts of both.

Sin is frequently referred to as a “debt,” so this analogy in the parable would easily be understood as parallel to the forgiveness of sins.

We do not know why Simon the Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him. Perhaps he wanted to get to know Jesus better, or perhaps he was hoping to get some new evidence with which to accuse Him. It certainly embarrassed Simon when a prostitute came into his house to anoint Jesus! This could have been a life-changing experience for Simon, but he was too blind to see the truths involved. Jesus is the Son of God; therefore, what a man thinks pales into insignificance when facing the One who knows all thoughts, including what one really thinks and feels within. Jesus knows the truth of every thought and feeling within a man. If a person is self-righteous, Jesus knows it. If a person is repentant, truly repentant, Jesus knows it. No one hides anything, no feeling, no thought from Him.

This debtor should have been the most grateful! the debtors little respect and affection for Jesus gave him little forgiveness. This debtor was only thinking about self.

2. Debtor #2:“One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.”

Fifty denarii would be about two months’ wages.

Simon said to himself, “She is a sinner”; but he needed to say, “I am a sinner.” In His parable, Jesus made it clear that all of us are in debt to God and are unable to pay because we are spiritually bankrupt. The two debts ($80 vs. $8) represent not the amount of sin, but the awareness of guilt. The woman knew she was guilty of sinning against God, but Simon had no conviction of sin. Yet he desperately needed to be forgiven! And he could have been forgiven if he had humbled himself and trusted Jesus. Jesus tenderly pointed out Simon’s sins of omission, for he had not treated Jesus with kindness and hospitality. The woman was guilty of sins of the flesh, but Simon was guilty of sins of the spirit: a critical attitude and a hard heart. "Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." 2 Corinthians 7:1

As I have already made mention too, sin is frequently referred to as a “debt” The Debtor #2 admits their fault their sin and is grateful for the grace of the Lord!

The grace of God freely forgives sin. "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

The Debtor #2 was most grateful and sought forgiveness. It took boldness for the prostitute to go into Simon's house to show her love and quilt to Christ! "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

Verse 50 in Luke 7 makes it clear that the woman was saved by her faith: "Then He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."

How do we know we are forgiven? We have the assurance of the Word of God:"Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon." Isaiah 55:6-7

Because the woman was justified by faith, she had “peace with God”. "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Jesus had offered her rest, and she had received it by faith.

Are you most grateful? debt is sin, which debtor are you? The grace of God freely forgives sin have you be forgiven?

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