"How Much do you Love & Forgive? Luke 7:44-47 on this week's Word of Grace Devotional with Pastor Joe Marquez
The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of March 27, 2017
How Much Do You Love and Forgive?
Luke 7:44-47, “Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “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. 45You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”
Beloved, in Luke 7, Jesus is invited to the house of a Pharisee to eat. As Jesus reclined to eat, a woman with an alabaster flask of ointment begins to anoint Jesus with this ointment and her tears. The Pharisee is aghast because this is a sinful woman and if Jesus were a prophet, He would know this and He would not allow her to do this.
Jesus, however, looks at the heart of this sinful woman and the heart of the Pharisee. Jesus then compares their hearts. The Pharisee never washed Jesus feet, as was customary- the woman washed Jesus feet with her tears. The Pharisee never kissed Jesus nor did he anoint Jesus’ head with oil. The woman kissed Jesus’ feet and anointed Him with a flask of very expensive ointment.
So, what were the differences between the woman and the Pharisee? The differences were love and forgiveness: Luke 7:47 says, “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”
The differences truly were one of humility verses self-righteousness. The Pharisee, in his self-righteousness could not see his own sin. The woman, in her humility, recognized her sin, her need for forgiveness, and her worship of the one who could forgive her sin and set her free.
She loved much and forgave much. The Pharisee loved little and forgave little. Beloved, do not allow your self-righteousness to lead you to love little and forgive little. Rather, humble yourself and allow yourself to love much and to forgive much. As one brother declared in a devotion once: “We all need a heavy dose of humility!” Amen!
Beloved, I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!
In Jesus’ Name-
"Hearing the Voice of the Lord." Numbers 7:89 on this week's Word of Grace Devotion with Pastor Joe Marquez.
The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of March 6, 2017
Hearing The Voice of The Lord
Numbers 7:89- ‘Whenever Moses went into the Tabernacle to speak with the Lord, he heard the voice speaking to him from between the two cherubim above the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—that rests on the Ark of the Covenant. The Lord spoke to him from there.”
Beloved, how do we hear the voice of the Lord? Numbers 7:89 has some clues that will assist us in hearing God’s voice.
(1) First, we, like Moses, need to go into the tabernacle. Numbers 7:89 begins, “Whenever Moses went into the Tabernacle to speak with the Lord.” I know that this sounds so simplistic but it is true. If we want to hear God’s voice, we need to get to a place where we can hear Him. In the days of Moses that place was the Tabernacle. In our time, because of God’s grace, that place can be just about anywhere. The key is to seek a quiet place to be with the Lord. Moses went and we also need to go find a quiet place where God can speak to us.
(2) Secondly, notice the location where Moses went, “he heard the voice speaking to him from between the two cherubim above the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—that rests on the Ark of the Covenant.” The key here is the place of atonement. The place of atonement was where Israel’s sin was covered. We also need to have our sin dealt with as we go to hear the voice the Lord. Psalm 66:18 says, “If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” Beloved, ask the Lord to forgive your sin so that He can hear you!
(3) Finally, we hear that, “The Lord spoke to him from there.” We may have to wait expectantly to hear God’s voice. He often speaks to us in a low whisper, a still quiet voice. 1 Kings 19:11-13 says, “And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. 13And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Beloved, I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you! Praying that this week you may hear God’s voice!
In Jesus’ Name,