(From: LUKE #14 - 7:24-50)
2. 7:24-35 JESUS REJECTS WORLD'S ESTIMATE OF HIMSELF AND JOHN
a. 7:24 JOHN WAS NOT A FRAIL MINISTER
A-pelTHONton de ton agGElon IoAnou, ERxa-to LEgein pros tous OCHlous peRI IoAnou,
And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to say unto the crowds concerning John,
Ti eXELtha-te eis ten Ere-mon theAsas-thai? KAla-mon huPO aNEmou sa-leuOme-non ?
What did you go out into the wilderness to see? a reed shaken by a wind?
b. 7:25a But what did you go out to see? a man clothed in soft garments?
alLA ti eXELthen iDEIN? ANthro-pon en ma-laKOIS hi-maTIois am-phi-esMEnon ?
c. 7:25b Lo, the gorgeously appareled and delicately living are in the courts of kings.
iDOU, hoi en hi-ma-tisMO enDOxo  kai truPHE  huPARchon-tes  en tois ba-siLEIois  eiSIN.
d. 7:26a But what did you go out to see? a prophet?
alLA ti eXELtha-te iDEIN? proPHEten ?
e. 7:26b Yes, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.
nai, LEgo huMIN, kai pe-risSOte-ron proPHEtou.
f. 7:27 JOHN: THE PROPHESIED MESSENGER PRECEDING THE MESSIAH
HOU-TOS es-tin peRI hou GEgrap-tai, I-DOU, a-poSTELlo ton ANgeLON mou pro proSOpou  sou,
This is he of whom it is written, Lo, I send my :messenger before your face,
hos ka-ta-skeuAsei  ten hoDON sou EMprosTHEN sou.
Who shall prepare your :way before you.
g. 7:28 LEAST OF NEW COVENANT - GREATER THAN GREATEST OF OLD!
LEgo huMIN, MEIzon en gen-neTOIS gu-naiKON IoAnou ouDEIS es-tin:
I say unto you, Among them born of women none is greater than John:
ho de miKROte-ros  en te ba-siLEIa tou TheOU MEIzon  auTOU es-tin.
Yet the lesser in the kingdom of :God is greater than he.
h. 7:29 GOD WAS JUSTIFIED BY ALL WHO SUBMITTED TO JOHN'S BAPTISM
- Kai pas ho laOS aKOUsas, kai hoi teLOnai , e-diKAIo-san  ton TheON,
- And all the people when they heard, and the publicans, justified :God,
bap-tisTHENtes  to BAPtis-ma  IoAnou.
having been baptized with the baptism of John.
i. 7:30 TO REJECT JOHN'S BAPTISM, WAS TO REJECT GOD
hoi de Pha-riSAIoi kai hoi no-miKOI  ten bouLEN  tou TheOU
But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected for themselves
eTHEte-san eis he-auTOUS, mebap-tisTHENtes hup' auTOU. -
the counsel of :God, not having been baptized of him. -
j. 7:31 How then shall I compare the men of this :generation, and what are they like?
TIni oun ho-moiOso tous anTHROpous tes ge-neAS TAUtes,kai TIni eiSIN HOmoi-oi?
k. 7:32 LIKE LITTLE CHILDREN PLAYING AND MAKING ALL CONFORM
HOmoiOI ei-si paiDIois tois en a-goRA  ka-theMEnois
They are like the little children sitting in the market
kai pros-phoNOUsin  alLElois; ha LEgei, HuLEsa-men  huMIN,
and calling one to another; who say, We piped to you,
kai ouk orCHEsas-the ; e-threNEsa-men , kai ouk eKLAUsa-te .
and you didn't dance; we wailed, and you didn't weep.
l. 7:33 For John the Baptist is come eating no bread nor drinking wine; and you say, He has a demon.
eLElu-then gar IoAnes ho bap-tisTES me ESthon ARton MEte PInon OInon; kai LEge-te, DaiMOni-on Echei.
m. 7:34 MAN'S JUDGMENT: FOR NOT CONFORMING, JESUS IS SENSUOUS
eLElu-then ho huiOS tou anTHROpou ESthon kai PInon; kai LEge-te, I-DOU,
The Son of :man is come eating and drinking; and you say, Lo,
ANthro-pos PHAgos , kai oi-noPOtes , PHIlos  te-loNON kai ha-mar-toLON!
gluttonous man, and winebibber, friend of publicans and sinners!
n. 7:35 And justified is :wisdom of all her :children.
kai e-di-kaiOthehe soPHIa aPO PANton ton TEKnon auTES.
F. 7:36-50 FORGIVENESS OF ANOINTING-WOMAN BASED ON FAITH
a. 7:36a And a certain one of the Pharisees asked him that he eat with him.
E-ROta DE tis auTON ton Pha-riSAIon HIna PHAgemet' auTOU.
b. 7:36b And he entered into the house of the Pharisee, andsat down to meat.
kai ei-selTHON eis ton OIkon tou Pha-riSAIou, ka-teKLIthe.
c. 7:37-38 THE ANOINTING OF JESUS' FEET
kai iDOU, guNE HEtis en en te POlei, ha-mar-toLOS;
And lo, a woman who was in the city, a sinner;
kai e-pigNOUsa HOti kaTAkei-tai en te oiKIa tou Pha-riSAIou,
and when she knew that he was sitting at meat in the house of the Pharisee,
koMIsa-sa  aLAba-stron  MUrou , kai STAsa oPIso paRA tous POdas auTOU, KLAIou-sa,
she brought an alabaster cruseof ointment, 38and standing behind at his :feet, weeping,
tois DAkru-sin  ERxa-to BREchein  tous POdas auTOU,
began to wet his :feet with her:tears, weeping,
kai tais thriXIN  tes ke-phaLES auTES eXEmas-sen ,
and wiped themwith the hair of her :head,
kai ka-tePHIlei  tous POdas auTOU, kai Elei-phen  to MUro.
and kissed his :feet much, and anointed them with the ointment.
d. 7:39 THE INWARD QUESTIONING OF JESUS' HOST
iDON de, ho Pha-riSAIos ho kaLEsas  auTON EIpen en he-auTO,
Now seeing it, the Pharisee who had invited him spoke within himself,
LEgon, HOUtos, ei en ho proPHEtes, eGIno-sken an
saying, This man, if he were the prophet, would have perceived
tis kai po-taPE he guNE HEtis HAPte-tai auTOU, HOti ha-mar-toLOS es-tin.
who and what manner of :woman this is that touches him, that she is a sinner.
e. 7:40a And :Jesus answered andsaid unto him, Simon, I have something to say to you.
Kai a-po-kriTHEIS ho IeSOUS EIpen pros auTON, SImon, EchoSOI ti eiPEIN.
f. 7:40b And he says, Teacher, say on. ho de DiDAska-le, eiPE, pheSIN.
g. 7:41 TWO DEBTORS
DUo chre-o-phiLEtai  Esan da-niSTE  ti-ni:
A certain lender had two debtors:
ho heis Ophei-len  deNAri-a pen-taKOsi-a, ho de HEte-ros penTEkon-ta.
the one owed five hundred shillings, and the other fifty.
h. 7:42a They not having with which to pay, he forgave them both.
meeCHONton auTON a-poDOUnai , am-phoTErois e-chaRIsa-to .
i. 7:42b Which of them therefore will love him most?
tis oun auTON PLEIon a-gaPEsei auTON?
j. 7:43a Simon answered and said, He, I suppose, to whom he forgave the more.
a-po-kriTHEIS SImon EIpen, Hu-po-lamBAno  HOti, ho to PLEIon  e-chaRIsa-to.
k. 7:43b And he said to him, You have rightly judged.
ho de EIpen auTO, OrTHOS Ekri-nas .
l. 7:44a And turning unto the woman, he said to :Simon, Do you see this :woman?
kai straPHEIS pros ten guNAIka, toSImo-ni Ephe, BLEpeis TAUten ten guNAIka?
m. 7:44b JESUS CONTRASTS THE HOSPITALITY OF THE WOMAN WITH HIS HOST
eiSEL-THON sou eis ten oiKIan, HUdor moi ePI POdas ouk Edo-kas:
I entered into your :house, you gave me no water formyfeet:
HAUte de tois DAkru-sin EbreXEN mou tous POdas, kai tais thriXIN auTES eXEma-xen.
but SHE has wet my :feet with her:tears, and wiped with her :hair.
n. 7:45 HE CONTINUES
PHIleMA  moi ouk Edo-kas: HAUte de, aph' hes eiSELthon,
You gave me no kiss: but SHE, since the timeI came in,
ou diEli-pen  ka-ta-phiLOU-SA  mou tous POdas.
has not ceased to kiss much my :feet.
o. 7:46 My :head with oil you did not anoint: but SHE has anointed my :feet with ointment.
eLAIo ten ke-phaLEN mou ouk Elei-psas : HAUte de MUro Elei-psen tous POdas mou.
p. 7:47 A STRONG APPLICATION
hou CHArin LEgo soi, aPHEon-tai  hai ha-marTIai auTES, hai polLAI,
Therefore I say unto you, Forgiven are her sins, the many,
HOti eGApe-sen poLU: ho de oLIgon aPHIe-tai, oLIgon a-gaPA.
for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven,heloves little.
q. 7:48 And he said to her, Forgiven are your :sins.
EIpen de auTE, A-PHEonTAI sou hai ha-marTIai.
r. 7:49 INWARD QUESTIONING
kai ERxan-to hoi su-na-naKEIme-noi  LEgein en he-auTOIS,
And the fellow-guests began to say within themselves,
Tis HOU-TOS es-tin hos kai ha-marTIas aPHIe-sin?
Who is this that even forgives sins?
s. 7:50 And he said unto the woman, Your :faith has saved you; go unto peace.
EIpen de pros ten guNAIka, He PIstis sou SEsoKEN se; poREUou eis eiREnen.
NOTE: (2010-11-20) - 7:24-25 - You and I face the same spirit of the world that John the Baptist and Jesus faced. The world hasn't changed in 2000 years - or in 6000 years! but how do weface this spirit? Do we understand its nature like Jesus - and simply go ahead serving our Lord and Heavenly Father? Or - do we see the spirit of the world as a “mountain” - and talk aboutit, and how terrible it is? Joel Osteen says, “Speakagainstthe mountain - not about it! command it to be removed and cast into the sea. To speak aboutit causes it to growin our mind. To speak against it causes it to diminish! “Be subject therefore to :God; but resistthe devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7. “because greateris the onein you than the onein the world” 1 John 4:4.
Jesus thoroughly and completely understood the spirit of the world - and alwaysconfronted it in truth, let the chips fall where they may! The world crucified Him for it - but all of this was in the Father's hands - for as the Master Chess-player - He had arranged the moves, and Satan played right into His hands. The death of Jesus - God's only begotten Son - brought potential salvation to the world, andthe complete defeatof Satan. First at Calvary - his head was crushed by Jesus' heel! At Christ's Second Coming he will be cast into the bottomless pit for 1000 years. And at the end of the Millennium, he will be cast into the Lake of Fire, where the Beast and the False Prophet will have been for 1000 years.
With thisunderstanding, let us then perceive the true nature of Satan and the world - andGod's predetermined end for them. In thislight we too can speak against ourmountains, not aboutthem - and see them cast into the sea. After Pentecost - thisis what the 12 apostles, Paul and others did! Let us join this band of good examples. Weare already on the Victor'sside. We already knowhow it will all end. We have read the last chapter of the Bible!
7:36-50 - Greater love has no man than this - that he will lay down his life for his friends. Thisis what Jesus has done for us! Thisis what we ought to do for one another. This is what George Whitefield did for John Wesley. This is what Jesus did for this poor sinner-woman who first wet His feet with her tears, dried them with her hair, and anointed them with ointment. Sheknew what Jesus had already done for her, and was about to do on Calvary. His Finished Work2000 years ago explains it all.
And for the critical Pharisee? He was rudelyexposed from his point of view. And could Jesus forgive sin in advance in the light of what He was about to do on Calvary? Of course! And did the Pharisees see Him as the Father's only-begotten Son - the Son of God? The Messiah promised to come? The seed of David, the seed of Abraham? The Second Adam? No - and they crucified Him for acting and living as God's only-begotten Son. J.A.W.