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Matsa Moments - Pastor Mike


The Hebrew word “Matsa” means to: find, meet, discover, encounter. It is used in Deuteronomy 4:29 where the Lord says, "But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Throughout Scripture, there is an invitation from God to find Him; He actually rewards those who diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6). To see God we must be looking for Him.

This blog is a journal of finding God - discovering who He is; learning more about His character and attributes, as I encounter Him in in His Word and world around me. These posts are theological reflections emerging out of a desire to understand how the Creator interacts with us, His creatures. Hopefully, through these you will see how the Ever-present Holy One also invites you to know Him more.

 

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    Pharisee or sinful woman

    July 8, 2020

    Good morning friends,

    We have arrived on our journey through Luke to a very powerful passage -with only 3 main characters. I don't want to comment on it too much. It is a story about forgiveness, grace, mercy, pride versus humility, male & female, true worship, and true faith. We don't know who the woman is. This story is different than that recorded by the other gospels. I'd like you to read the story, close your eyes, imagine yourself there so you can visualize the whole scene. Now, allow God to speak to you. With whom do you most identify - be honest. 

    Anointing His Feet

    36-39 One of the Pharisees asked him over for a meal. He went to the Pharisee’s house and sat down at the dinner table. Just then a woman of the village, the town harlot, having learned that Jesus was a guest in the home of the Pharisee, came with a bottle of very expensive perfume and stood at his feet, weeping, raining tears on his feet. Letting down her hair, she dried his feet, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfume. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man was the prophet I thought he was, he would have known what kind of woman this is who is falling all over him.”

    40 Jesus said to him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

    “Oh? Tell me.”

    41-42 “Two men were in debt to a banker. One owed five hundred silver pieces, the other fifty. Neither of them could pay up, and so the banker canceled both debts. Which of the two would be more grateful?”

    43-47 Simon answered, “I suppose the one who was forgiven the most.”

    “That’s right,” said Jesus. Then turning to the woman, but speaking to Simon, he said, “Do you see this woman? I came to your home; you provided no water for my feet, but she rained tears on my feet and dried them with her hair. You gave me no greeting, but from the time I arrived she hasn’t quit kissing my feet. You provided nothing for freshening up, but she has soothed my feet with perfume. Impressive, isn’t it? She was forgiven many, many sins, and so she is very, very grateful. If the forgiveness is minimal, the gratitude is minimal.”

    48 Then he spoke to her: “I forgive your sins.”

    49 That set the dinner guests talking behind his back: “Who does he think he is, forgiving sins!”

    50 He ignored them and said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

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