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2021-5-8    

誰是真正的罪人?

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第8天


讀經:   

路加福音七章36至50節

36有一個法利賽人請耶穌和他吃飯,耶穌就到法利賽人家裡去坐席。

37那城裡有一個女人,是個罪人,知道耶穌在法利賽人家裡坐席,就拿著盛香膏的玉瓶,

38站在耶穌背後,挨著他的腳哭,眼淚濕了耶穌的腳,就用自己的頭髮擦乾,又用嘴連連親他的腳,把香膏抹上。

39請耶穌的法利賽人看見這事,心裡說:“這人若是先知,必知道摸他的是誰,是個怎樣的女人,乃是個罪人。”

40耶穌對他說:“西門,我有句話要對你說。”西門說:“夫子,請說。”

41耶穌說:“一個債主有兩個人欠他的債:一個欠五十兩銀子,一個欠五兩銀子,

42因為他們無力償還,債主就開恩免了他們兩個人的債。這兩個人哪一個更愛他呢?”

43西門回答說:“我想是那多得恩免的人。”耶穌說:“你斷的不錯。”

44於是轉過來向著那女人,便對西門說:“你看見這女人嗎?我進了你的家,你沒有給我水洗腳,但這女人用眼淚濕了我的腳,用頭髮擦乾;

45你沒有與我親嘴,但這女人從我進來的時候就不住地用嘴親我的腳;。

46你沒有用油抹我的頭,但這女人用香膏抹我的腳。

47所以我告訴你,她許多的罪都赦免了,因為她的愛多;但那赦免少的,他的愛就少。”

48於是對那女人說:“你的罪赦免了!”

49同席的人心裡說:“這是甚麼人,竟赦免人的罪呢?”

50耶穌對那女人說:“你的信救了你,平平安安地回去吧!”

這是一個只有路加記載的比喻,在其他福音書找不到。它非常簡短,全部只有兩節;然而,當耶穌將它應用到在場的兩個人身上,卻帶出了極大的教訓。

西門是一個心硬的法利賽人。法利賽人是一群律法主義者,他們在路加福音總共出現過28次,每次出現幾乎都是為要反對耶穌。因此,西門為何邀請耶穌到他家中作客,倒是一個相當有趣的問題。

西門的反應是意料中事;耶穌正是順著他的反應而說出這個簡短的故事。比喻中的兩個人都欠同一個債主的債。這正是我們人類的寫照。我們每個人都犯了罪,虧欠了神。比喻中的兩人都無力償還債項,我們也是落在同樣的光景中。當他們聽到債主說:「我免了你們兩人的債。」是何等喜出望外!

好了,焦點如今落在事件中的主角──西門的身上。當耶穌問他:「這兩人誰會愛他更多呢?」西門唯有硬著頭皮承認是那個欠債較多的人。

接著,基督一針見血地向他指出:「你認為你沒有罪,不需要赦免。但這個女人知道她有罪,需要尋求赦免。你的驕傲使你不願意認罪,但她願意認罪,所以便得蒙赦免,難怪她會如此感恩。」

神赦免了我們多少罪債呢?我們能看到我們自己的境況嗎?或是我們仍然被驕傲自大的心所蒙蔽,認為自己比別人優秀?

我們向神為我們所做的獻上感恩。你準備用甚麼實際行動來表達感恩呢?

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WHO WAS THE REAL SINNER?
Day 8


Bible Reading:   

Luke 7:36-50

36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat.

37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil,

38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.

39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”

40 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”
So he said, “Teacher, say it.”

41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.

42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, 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 rightly judged.”

44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head.

45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in.

46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil.

47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”

48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50 Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

Here is one of the parables Luke gives us which are not found in the other gospels. It is very short - only two verses, but is tremendously powerful in the hands of Jesus as he applies it to the other two people involved in the unusual incident.

Simon the cold heart was a Pharisee. This group of legalists is mentioned 28 times in Luke. Almost every time they are shown in opposition to Christ. It would be interesting to know why Simon invited Christ to his home.

Simon's re-action was obvious and it was that which moved Christ to tell this brief story. It is interesting that in the parable, the two men owed money to the same person. That is our position. Our debt of sin is owed to God. Both men had nothing to pay. We don't either. What a surprise when the money-lender said, 'I forgive you both .'

Now came the pointed finger, at Simon. First the question 'Which of these two will love him more?'. Simon had to grudgingly admit it was the man with the bigger debt.

Then Christ pressed home the application. 'You think you hardly need to be forgiven. This woman knows her need. Your pride will keep you back. She admits her position and she has been forgiven. No wonder she had done this.'

How much have we been forgiven? Can we see this ourselves? Or is our pride still telling us that we are better than somebody else?

Why not thank God for what he has done? Is there some practical, tangible way in which you can share your gratitude to him for his wonderful, continuing forgiveness?

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