MAY 21 - Proverbs 21 and Luke 7:40-43

MAY 21 - PROVERBS 21:3 and LUKE 7:40-43
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"To do justice and judgement is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice."
Proverbs 21:3
The Two Debtors
"And Jesus answering, said unto him, 'Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee.' And he saith, 'Master, say on.'
There was a certain creditor which had two debtors; the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, 
Which of them will love him most?
Simon answered and said, 'I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. 
And He said unto him, 'Thou hast rightly judged.'
Luke 7:40-43
Illustration with 21 - On the bottom base of the #2, I sketch two little stick men (2 debtors,) walking with tears falling; one is a little bigger than the other, reminding me of the bigger and smaller money increments owed. The #1 creates a large stick man (creditor) looking down at the little debtors with arms outreached and extended to both of them. He's wearing a smile on his face because he's delivering wonderful news to them.
We are reminded of the mercy and generosity of the creditor who forgave two debtors their debts ... and asked nothing in return.
Awww, but we love merciful justice.
The context of this parable is significant and worth reading (Luke 7:36-50.)
We have three main characters:
-We have Simon the Pharisee who is hosting a party.
-We have the nameless, scandalous, uninvited woman who appears at the party.
-We have Jesus who is the "special guest" of the party ... and who is also the woman's apparent focal point.
The woman is "the" problem.
 In the midst of a party consisting of social and religious elitists, she not only shows up unannounced and uninvited, she has the gall to openly engage Jesus in an intimate and worshipful act. To make matters even worse, the special guest is actually absorbed with "her."
The most beautiful part of the story occurs when Jesus interrupts Simon's thought process and helps him out with his thinking.
He shares a simple little story called "Two Debtors" and graciously allows Simon time to readjust his harsh judgemental attitude of the woman.
He doesn't condemn Simon and He doesn't condemn her;
He just lumps them both together and sums up their scenarios in a real and understood way through a parable, and then he lets Simon respond to the provoking question at the end of it ...
"Which of them will love him most?"
What a provoking question to ponder and give regard to.
God's not interested in what we bring to Him in the way of tithes, offerings, and lip service.
"To do justice and judgement is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice."
He's interested in our hearts.
The Creditor has found each of our lives to be utterly bankrupt and chosen to forgive each of us our outstanding debts.
This is what we call salvation.
The Creditor doesn't choose to forgive us once but day after day, as we make confession of sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us of debt.
This is what we call sanctification.
If you're an individual preoccupied with the debt "allowance" afforded others and you're using "yourself" as the standard ... Yikes.
But if you're an individual who's just plain captivated by the Creditor, who walked in and cleared you of a hefty debt, and you wish to say "thank you" in a personal way;
Go for it!
Jesus loves unorthodox, unpretentious childlike individuals who are just plain crazy about loving Him ... and aren't afraid to get down on their knees to do it:
Do it openly,
Do it passionately,
And do it without apology.
That's called worship.
To the great Creditor and Merciful Judge ...
Adoration and adulation belong to You.
We give You praise!
Let me be, Lord, as the woman ...
Unashamedly kneeling at your feet, adoring You,
 Profoundly aware of all you've done for me and all you've forgiven me.
Let my focal point be You ... and only You.
For lofty debts incurred and lofty debts paid ...
I give You praise. 
Let me turn to another and do unto them as you have mercifully done unto me.
Let me never hold myself or think myself a standard to which others must conform.
You are the only standard there has ever been and will ever be.
For crediting me with righteousness, holiness, and wisdom,
Thank you.

 For not only forgiving my account ... but filling it,
Thank you.
I love You, I need You, and I adore You.
1) What do you desire your worship of Christ to look like?
2) Do you make judgements of others who worship Christ differently than you?
What does this assert about "you?"
3) What challenges you in this parable and Proverb?