06.21.2020 New Beginnings 2a – Deconstructing and Reconstructing our Faith and Religion

Mike’s message starts at 24:30 Full message at https://gracesummit.org/Messages/20200621 Lord, thank You for Your love – thank You for all the dads… – Help us to a greater understanding of what we mean to You and how deeply You are…

06.21.2020 New Beginnings 2a - Deconstructing and Reconstructing our Faith and Religion

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Mike’s message starts at 24:30
Full message at https://gracesummit.org/Messages/20200621
Lord, thank You for Your love – thank You for all the dads… – Help us to a greater understanding of what we mean to You and how deeply You are in love with us. Speak to our hearts now.
We started a series on New Beginnings.
Luke 7:36 Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to dine with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume,
The Pharisee is the contrast…
How do we know this woman? She is introduced as a woman in the city (small town) who was a sinner. This was her reputation. When it calls her a sinner, it’s not like, I’m a sinner, you’re a sinner… – It was clear that this sin is related to sexual immorality and most likely she was the town prostitute.
Just for her to get to the Pharisee’s house took tremendous faith.
Maybe she saw someone else be forgiven?
Maybe Jesus had already interacted with her – that’s my opinion – and maybe He had already forgiven her of her sin. Her actions indicate that she had already received the love and mercy of Jesus in her life. She knew she would be ridiculed – with judgment and shaming – by going to the Pharisee’s house. In broad daylight – in a public event – others would be watching – and she did what she was about to do.
A little factoid – the perfume would have been a tool of her trade – a symbol of disrespect to her body that becomes a tool of sacrificial service and devotion to Jesus Christ.

38 and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner.”
This is a bit of a before/after story – and the Pharisee is looking at the before side, and Jesus is looking at the after side. Before: Impurity/uncleanness After: Pure/clean devotion to Jesus
Jesus completely flips the way she relates to men. She has spent her adult life relating to men in one particular way – and all of a sudden, this is fully transformed, and she relates to THIS man in an entirely different way.
This Pharisee (and the world and the devil) want to constantly remind us of our sin (and sometimes other Christians – don’t be one of those types of Christian!)
This Pharisee needs his faith and religion deconstructed and reconstructed – even though he is a Pharisee – this woman is a disruptive force to the worldview of this Pharisee. Have you ever been around someone whose approach to Jesus throws you for a loop – someone whose walk is so different from yours that your first thought is that they must be doing something wrong?
Back in the 80s in my life, if someone’s worship was ultra-expressive – I would think something was not right here! Is this thing I am seeing meant to be a disruptive force in my walk with Jesus?
About 8-9 years ago, I started hanging around with some Christians who held to some ancient practices – using words like Lectio-Divina – and it was a disruptive force to my spiritual walk.
40 And Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” (even though Simon didn’t say anything out loud!) And he replied, “Say it, Teacher.” 41 “A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 “When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.”
The parable is directed at the Pharisee and his wrong attitude – his wrong belief system – and this is in contrast to the woman who knows and is living the way of faith and trust – right in front of his eyes – whose theology is really right in many ways.
He gets the Pharisee to accuse himself in the story – 1 finger pointing and 3 pointing back – and this story is used to tear down his belief system. His focus is on the sin out there rather than his own. Do we focus on the sin out there in society? Or on our personal sin and forgiveness that comes from Jesus?
That should consume our focus when it comes to sin.
44 Turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? (Simon only saw a sinner – not a woman created in the image of God) – 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. 45 “You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. 46 “You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume.

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