Monday, July 16, 2012
Jesus Answered His Thoughts.
Luke 7:36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. 37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. 40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
Don't think for a minute that the Lord doesn't know what is going on inside of you. Simon the Pharisee mumbled his doubts concerning Jesus under his breath. But Jesus knew exactly what he was thinking and addressed Simon's attitude.
The Lord knows what we are thinking and even what we are feeling. Our attitudes are not hidden from the Lord.
We are told that the Spirit of the Lord carries to the throne our requests that we cannot even utter.
There are times when the Lord hears and answers our prayers before they are even prayed.
He knows the very thoughts and intents of our hearts.
Though Simon was primarily thinking critical thoughts about Jesus' messiah-ship, the Lord addressed his attitude about the woman in this account. The Pharisee's silent criticism of her was that she was a disreputable sinner, an unwelcome outcast. Little did he know, at this time, that he carried leprosy and would soon be ostracized by society himself because of his loathsomeness. He would soon learn that the One Who would could love and forgive such a sinful woman could also heal a self-righteous Pharisee.
It gives us pause to consider our thoughts and attitudes. Outwardly, we might look, dress and act righteously, but we must guard even our thoughts and attitudes.
Psa 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.