DayBreaks for 05/13/13 – The Courage to Draw Near

DayBreaks for 05/13/13 – The Courage to Draw Near

NOTE: I am on a missions trip/internship to Africa and will be gone until 5/25.  Please pray for God’s work to go forth mightily, for protection for myself and those with whom I will be working, and for my wife in my absence!  Thank you…I cherish your prayers!  You will be receiving DayBreaks as usual (from the archive) until I’ve returned.

jesus_woman_washes_feetLuke 7:36-50 – “36 Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, 38 and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.  9 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is-that she is a sinner.”  40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”   “Tell me, teacher,” he said.   41 “Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”  43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.  44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.   46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven-for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”  48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”  49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”  50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.

In verses 37 and 39, Luke tells us that the woman who came to Jesus was a “sinful” woman.  Literally, the word that was used is “immoral”.  It would appear that she was a prostitute.

What fascinates me about this story is the fact that in this case, as in many others, it is the immoral, not the righteous, that find the courage to drawn near to Christ.  Jesus seemed to always be surrounded by or in the presence of sinners.  Seldom did he find himself surrounded by the “righteous”.  In fact, it was the “righteous” – the Pharisees (seen as righteous in their own eyes, and probably in the eyes of the masses) – who couldn’t bring themselves to come into the presence of Jesus.  Instead, they sent messengers to inquire as to who he was and what he taught.  Not so with the sinful!  They were drawn to him because in him they found a friend, a deliverer, a redeemer, who cared more about them than about his own reputation.  While the righteous sent messengers – the sinners brought their hearts – and found the medicine that they sought that could heal all their wounds.

Perhaps you find yourself struggling to draw near to Him because of sin in your life.  Take encouragement from those who lived with him while he was in the flesh.  He longs for you to draw near to him: “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”  John 6:37

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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One thought on “DayBreaks for 05/13/13 – The Courage to Draw Near

  1. Dear Father I want to Thank You for my friend in Christ Galen for all his works of love and kindness especially in dire straights Africa,please send the ministering angels to watch over him and all his crew for the kingdom of God and all His righteousness,for the saints and those who do not know your name yet but will give their hearts to you and share in your joys some day.Though they be poor and naked you will in no wise cast them out who are we that we should not clothed and feed those who are the least of your kingdom for we that claim to know you should know you are no respecter of man.Help us to understand what it means to those who are in your service across the lands and seas and let us not go to bed tonight knowing we could have helped and didn’t.Lord have mercy,Amen!

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