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Great Interviews of Jesus (10 of 15)
With a Streetwalker
Clarence E. Macartey
Lights began to glow in the mansion of Simon the Pharisee.
The servants were bustling to and fro in kitchen and pantry
and dining hall, for Simon was giving a great supper on
this night. Through the streets of the town men could be
seen making their way toward Simon's house. In front of
them walked servants holding torches in their hands to
light the way for their masters. Outside the entrance to
the house of Simon a group of the common people of the town
had gathered to watch the notables arrive. As each passed
by on his way to the door, the people made comment,
sometimes favorable, sometimes unfavorable. First to come
was Benjamin, the chief rabbi of a neighboring town, and
after him Dives, the richest man in Capernaum. When he
passed there was a half-subdued murmur of scorn, for the
people did not like Dives. Then came Saul, a notable
instructor in the Hebrew law, to whom the people gave the
deference that the world has always paid to the scholar. So
the guests assembled for the banquet to which they had been
Near the entrance there sat on one side two blind men, and
on the other an impotent man, who, when they heard the
footsteps of the approaching guests, put up their plaintive
wail, "Have mercy on us!" and stretched out suppliant hands
for the alms which were tossed to them. As the guests
entered the atrium of Simon's house, a servant stationed
there motioned each one to a stool and, when the guest had
seated himself, brought a basin and towel, removed his
sandals, and laid them aside and washed his feet. The
guests then in bare feet proceeded to the banqueting hall.
On the way another servant stopped them and from a vessel
in his hand touched their heads with sweet-smelling oil. At
the doorway of the hall stood Simon, handsomely arrayed in
the blue and white robes of his office, with one phylac ...
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