Saturday, December 31, 2005

Connect & observe - Lk.7:36-50


vs.39 – “if this man were a prophet”
“They were all filled with awe and praised God. ‘A great prophet has appeared among us,’ they said. ‘God has come to help his people.’ 17 This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.” (Luke 7:16-17 TNIV)
vs.48 – “your sins are forgiven”
“When Jesus saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven.’ The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, ‘Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, ‘Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, “Your sins are forgiven,” or to say, “Get up and walk”? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.’ So he said to the paralyzed man, ‘I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.’ Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, ‘We have seen remarkable things today.’” (Luke 5:20-26 TNIV)
This account in Luke of Jesus being anointed by a woman is similar to an anointing scene mentioned in the other Gospels (Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-8). This anointing in Luke and the anointing mentioned in the other Gospels do have some things in common: (1) they are both anointings, (2) by a woman, (3) in the home of a person named Simon, etc. However, the accounts also have significant differences: (1) Luke’s account occurs much earlier chronologically in the ministry of Jesus, (2) the woman in Luke’s account is depicted as a ‘sinner’ while no such depiction is made in the other accounts, (3) the discussion within the stories and the main point of the stories have nothing in common, (4) Luke’s “Simon” is a “Pharisee” while the “Simon” mentioned in the other accounts is a “leper,” etc. These accounts are similar, but not parallel; they speak of two distinct anointings.