St Luke 7 Reflections

The Gospel According to St Luke: Luke Chapter Seven: Read here:

https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/7?lang=eng

07 Anoints feet

Jesus Healed Centurion’s Servant: Luke 7:1-10:

‘Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum.

And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. 

And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. 

And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.

‘Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him,

“Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

‘When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him,

“I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”

And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.’

This man believed that Jesus had the power and authority to heal his servant. He knew that if Jesus spoke the word, it would be done. He did not need to witness the miracle to believe it would happen. Can we have faith in the Lord’s word and in His timing without seeing everything here and now right before our eyes?

Jesus Raised Widow’s Son from the Dead: Luke 7:11-17:

‘And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.

‘Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.

And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her,

“Weep not.”

‘And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said,

“Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.”

‘And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother’ (vs.11-15).

While Jesus was on earth, He performed many miracles. Importantly, we have a record of them. Can we believe without seeing? Can we learn to live by the Spirit and recognize truth through the Spirit and be believing and not fearful?

He that cares for the sparrow cares for you and me. Sometimes we do face the sadness of the death of loved ones, but His miracles should be a testimony to us that He has the power to raise them from the dead and that He will do so in His own time.

For now, should we not rejoice in the joy of others who have experiences His miracles and also find joy in the miracles that happen all around us daily? Should we not find great joy in our hope of the resurrection?

‘And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying,

“That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.”

‘And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judæa, and throughout all the region round about’ (vs. 16-17).

Will we be fearful when He comes again in his power and might? Will we glorify Him with everlasting praise? He will raise the dead, both great and small, both good and evil, just and unjust, old and young, male and female, free and slave. This is not a rumor, but the truth of His everlasting mission. Do we find joy now in the prospect of the glorious resurrection? Are we preparing for the day of judgment that will come? Will we behold Him with love and joy?

John Sends Two Disciples to Ask Jesus if He is the Christ: Luke 7:18-23:

‘And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things.

‘And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying,

Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?”

‘When the men were come unto him, they said,

“John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?”

And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.

‘Then Jesus answering said unto them,

Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.”’

Jesus Testified of John’s Mission: Luke 7:24-28:

‘And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John,

“What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

“But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings’ courts.

But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet. This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”

Pharisees and Lawyers Reject God’s Council: Luke 7: 29-35:

‘And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

‘But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him’ (vs. 29-30).

Those who heard Jesus pay tribute to John and testify of His mission to prepare the way of the Lord were then baptized. They heard Jesus’s words and accepted His council. But the Pharisees and lawyers would have none of it. They did not justify God. What does that mean for them? What does it mean for us if we do not humble ourselves and become willing to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost for the remission of sins and to enter into their kingdom?

‘And the Lord said,

“Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.

“For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!

“But wisdom is justified of all her children” (vs. 31-35).

Jesus Dined at House of Pharisee; Woman Anoints Jesus with Oil: Luke 7:36-50:

‘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.

‘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, 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.

‘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’ (vs. 36-39).

The Pharisee made a wrongful judgment in his heart. Are we also quick to judge, making many wrongful judgments?

Jesus uses this as an opportunity to teach a lesson about love and forgiveness.

Parable of Creditor: Luke 7:40-43:

‘And Jesus answering said unto him,

“Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee.”

‘And he saith,

“Master, say on.”

“There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?”

‘Simon answered and said,

“I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most.”

And he said unto him,

“Thou hast rightly judged.”

Love and Forgiveness: Luke 7: 44-50:

‘And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon,

“Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.

“Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.

“My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.

“Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.”

‘And he said unto her,

Thy sins are forgiven.”

‘And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves,

“Who is this that forgiveth sins also?”

‘And he said to the woman,

Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace” (vs. 40-50).

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