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Lessons In The Pharisee's House
For the most part, it was those who were "under authority" that recognized and accepted the Messiah, while those "in authority" were those who rejected and had Him killed. The primary reason for that is that Jesus Christ came to be sacrificed, and those "in authority" were the only ones who had the "authority" (I emphasize that word because some even in God's Church have self-righteously disobeyed Christ's command with their Satanic "Church government" fiasco that bullied and abused their own brothers and sisters i.e. "22:26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve" Luke 22:26 KJV) to have it, and Him, executed (see Why Can't 'The Chosen People' See?).
The Pharisees nevertheless invited the Christ to public gatherings in their homes. Why would they do that, while they refused to accept or acknowledge Him as the Son of God? It could only be for the purpose of attempting to publicly humiliate Him - an impossible task, primarily because of the Word of God that He taught, but also because He couldn't be humiliated (to humiliate means to humble) because He was already as humble as any human could be. They were the arrogant ones who needed, and got, the humbling - an experience that turned many of them from blind, self-righteous religionists to murderers (see also Was Paul Among Them?).
"For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted"
One day, Jesus accepted a Pharisee's invitation "that he would eat with him." It didn't take long for the Pharisee to set off his attempted ambush. He haughtily declared to all present that "This man [the Pharisee didn't even address Jesus directly - he spoke about the Christ, in the presence of the Christ, as though He were just a piece of furniture] if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner."
"7:36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. 7:37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 7:38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
Jesus did not take the bait. Rather than speaking rudely to His rude host, Jesus answered by means of a lesson in pure logic - something that the Word of God is itself based upon. He made His point to those who welcomed truth, while the others, the jackals, continued to slobber and snarl i.e. "they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves."
"7:40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee.
Later (we know that the incidents are not referring to the same gathering because the two events are described chapters apart in the book of Luke), Jesus accepted an invitation from "one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath day." This time, Jesus opened fire first when He "spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day"?
"14:1 And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath day, that they watched him.
When "they could not answer him," the Messiah provided a teaching about the importance of humility to salvation because "whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." The LORD was giving them the knowledge to repent.
"14:7 And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them, 14:8 When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; 14:9 And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. 14:10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. 14:11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Fact Finder: As proven in the Scriptures quoted above, public gatherings were sometimes held in houses of Pharisees on the Sabbath. Did those who recognized the Messiah also meet in their own homes on the Sabbath? Unlike the Pharisees who did it for their own amusement and phony "show of righteousness," why did the believers often have to meet that way?