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The Home of Simon: To Strengthen a Saint (19 of 34)
Series: Bible Oases: Spiritual Refreshment From Unlikely Places
"Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the home of Simon the leper, There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head as he sat at meat." Perhaps Martha was busy in her kitchen when she heard a voice saying, "May I come in?" She smiled when she saw her friend who lived down the street. She liked him, but that was not a cause for amazement; she liked everybody! Simon, who had been a leper, asked, "Is it true the Master is expected today?" His face became radiant when she replied, "Yes, Simon, Jesus will be here this afternoon." When her visitor seemed embarrassed, she asked, "What is on your mind, Simon?" He thought for a moment and then answered, "Well, Martha, you know I was a leper, and but for the Master's help I would have died. He was kind to me, and now I would like to do something for Him. I know He always stays in this house, and that is wonderful, but would you object if I invited Him to supper tonight? I am not a good cook and would appreciate your help." That gracious lady agreed to become the hostess for the forthcoming meal, and later when the Savior arrived, she whispered, "Master, You remember Simon the leper. We are going to have supper in his house tonight. It will mean so much to him for he thinks he will never be able to pay the debt he owes to You."
The name Simon was common throughout Palestine, and that led to the practice of adding something that resembled a surname. To differentiate between people bearing the same name, neighbors referred to them as Simon the tanner (see Acts 9:43); Simon the Pharisee (see Luke 7:40); Simon the leper (see Matt. 26:6). There were others such as Simon who carried the cross of Jesus and Simon the sorcerer. There has been much speculation regarding the Simon who lived in Bethany; some teachers believe he was eit ...
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