March 2, 2023 — When God has Something to say

“As a general matter,” Stan commented one morning while we waited for Ricky to bring our breakfast, “the Pharisees didn’t get along with Jesus very well when He was here.”

“Yeah,” I replied, “they thought Jesus was interfering with what they were doing, as well as causing the people to go away from what they were teaching.”

“That’s it,” Stan said. “But I was looking at Luke’s gospel earlier this morning and I saw at least one Pharisee who looks like a good example for me and my faith walk.”

“A good example?” I questioned. “How so?”

“A quick summary of what was going on,” Stan replied. “A Pharisee by the name of Simon had invited Jesus over for dinner. A woman who is described as a ‘sinner’ was there.”

“A sinner? What had she done?”

“I’m not sure,” Stan replied. “But aren’t we all?”

“But in any event,” he continued, “this woman was at Jesus’ feet. She was weeping with so many tears that she was wiping His feet with her hair.”

“Wow,” I replied, “that’s a lot of weeping. A lot of tears!”

“It is,” Stan said, “and then she anointed Jesus’ feet with some perfume.”

“Okay,” I replied, “but how does this have anything to do with the Pharisee, you, and your faith walk?”

“It’s what the Pharisee was thinking, what Jesus said to him about what he was thinking, and how the Pharisee then responded to Jesus.”

I didn’t say anything, so Stan continued. “Luke writes that the Pharisee was thinking to himself that if Jesus was really a prophet, He would know what kind of woman was touching Him. And, by implication, it seems that the Pharisee was thinking that Jesus should have nothing to do with such a person.”

“But Jesus came to save sinners, didn’t He?”

“He sure did,” Stan replied, “but that’s another story for another day. That’s not the point of this particular Pharisee.”

“What is?”

“After the Pharisee thought what he did about Jesus and the woman, Jesus told the Pharisee that He had something to say to him. And that’s when it happened.”

“What?”

“The Pharisee responded the way I’m supposed to respond whenever God has something to say  to me. The Pharisee said, ‘Say it, Teacher’.”

“Say it, Teacher,” I repeated. “What a great response!”

“It is,” Stan said. “And I’m to have the same response by being open to hearing and listening to whatever God has to say to me, whenever He wants to say it!”

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Bible verses to consider:

And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he replied, “Say it, Teacher.” Luke 7:40.

This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; hear Him! Matthew 17:5.

And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One, listen to Him.” Luke 9:35.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for giving Jesus so that all who believe in Him will spend eternity in your presence. Thank you, too, that you provide the way to know Him and you in an ever-deepening relationship by listening to what you have to say. I confess that too often I don’t listen to what you have to say because I choose to listen to someone or something other than you. Please forgive the foolishness of not listening to what you have to say to me about living this life. Help me to follow every step of your lead. Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this: Have you listened to and accepted what God has to say to you about eternal salvation so you know you will spend eternity in His presence? If no, why? What is keeping you from listening to and accepting all that God has for you? If you are a Christian with the assurance of salvation and redemption, how are you doing with listening to what God has to say while He keeps you on this side of eternity? If you sense the need for change in how you listen to God, how is that going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?

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