Chapter # 7 Paragraph # 6 Study # 2
November 23, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<486> Thesis: Consider the extravagance that forgiveness brings. Introduction: The focus of our study this morning is upon Luke 7:37-38. It begins with the words, "And, behold...". The "and" points us backwards to the question we asked last week: Why would a man who considered Jesus a gluttonous drunk invite Him to his house to eat? The focus of that study was upon the pharisaical hypocrisy of Simon. [By the way, the definition in The Sage's English Dictionary and Thesaurus of "pharisaical" is "hypocritically pious".] The "behold" points us forward. So, it is "forward" that we go. Luke clearly wanted his reader to ponder the relationship of the character of the woman to her behavior. He had already characterized a man in the same way as this woman and told us of his behavior back in chapter five. That man was Simon Peter and his reaction to Jesus in the light of his own self-description was to plead with Him to leave (5:8). This woman was a complete and absolute opposite. She not only did not wish for Jesus to leave, she took pains to find Him so that she could be near Him. Why the difference? Was this merely a Mars/Venus thing? Perhaps we will find out if we do as Luke instructed Theophilus: "Behold".