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AND TWO DEBTORS
|The parable of the Creditor and the two
debtors was spoken by Jesus because of a nameless woman, a prostitute of
the village of Nain, in south western Galilee.
One of the Pharisees (Caretakers of God's Word; the way they wanted it interpreted), Simon of Nain, had invited Jesus to his home for lunch. Jesus was invited to lunch out of curiosity by Simon, the Pharisee. As they sat down to eat, a woman of the street, a prostitute, who had heard Jesus preach, courageously entered the house. Jesus had been reclining on a couch, which made it possible for her to anoint His feet with expensive perfume. As she stood there she became very emotional and her tears began to fall on Jesus' feet. She quickly wiped His feet with her hair and kissed His feet, as a mark of humility. Jesus' host disapproved. Jesus defended the actions of the woman which amazed His host.
The Pharisee thought that Jesus was not a very insightful prophet. If He was, He would know that the woman was of ill repute, notoriously sinful, and no decent person would allow the harlot woman near. For a woman to kiss a man's feet in public and let her hair down was a public disgrace. The Pharisee looked at the external. Jesus showed that He knew what Simon was thinking.
Jesus spoke up and answered his thoughts. "Simon,"
he said to the Pharisee, "I have something to say to you." "All
right, Teacher," Simon replied, "go ahead."
Jesus used this opportunity to teach of love and forgiveness. Jesus
publicly forgave her sins. The story provides the moral of the parable.
Jesus explained to him that he, Simon as a host himself, did not provide
water for His guest's feet, which was lacking in social courtesy, a common
custom that went back as far as Abraham's day, and now he had His feet
washed in a much better way, with tears and expensive perfume, out of love,
for the forgiveness of many sins, that was given her through faith in who
He was. The woman had a new life in Christ with her past behind her.
The creditor out of his own graciousness wiped free the debtor's payment. He freed them from the debt to Him. Both were in debt to God. The contrast between the self-righteous Pharisee and the forgiven harlot is vivid. Simon needed to recognise the depth and extent of his own sin and the greatness of God's mercy and love, as the woman did. Both had nothing by which they could clear themselves of the debt, as is the same of all the human race. The woman believed who Christ was. God looks at the heart. No one should judge after the sight of their eyes, for all are guilty sinners, some more, some less. All are bankrupt in the sight of God without Christ, all have sinned.
No sin is too great to be forgiven. Only God can forgive sins to make
sinners right in His sight. God wants to forgive and many people like Simon
the Pharisee, judge without using God's standards and have a judgmental
attitude by magnifying the sins of others while excusing their own. It
is right, however to judge sin when it is confronted, but no person can
judge another's heart for justice. The sinner themselves have to acknowledge
their sin and ask God's forgiveness.
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