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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."

The Holy Scriptures

"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.

7:39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner." (Luke 7:36-39 KJV)

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.

And he saith, Master, say on.

7:41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. 7:42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

7:43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most.

And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.

7:44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. 7:45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. 7:46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. 7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

7:48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.

7:49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?

7:50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace." (Luke 7:40-50 KJV)

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.

14:2 And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. 14:3 And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day? 14:4 And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;

14:5 And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the Sabbath day? 14:6 And they could not answer him again to these things." (Luke 14:1-6 KJV)

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.

14:12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompense be made thee. 14:13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14:14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just." (Luke 14:7-14 KJV)

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?
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