by Stephen Whitney

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Thanking My Savior (2 of 7)
Series: Parables of Jesus
Stephen Whitney
Luke 7:36-50

G.K. Chesterton was a remarkable writer in the early 1900’s. He wrote novels, poems and detective stories and was also a popular theologian. Toward the end of his life he wrote his autobiography in which he tried to state in a single sentence the most important lesson he had learned from life.

After struggling to find one principle he came up with one. He stated that the critical factor in life is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.

Gray Inrig wrote, ‘‘An attitude of overflowing thankfulness is one the prime indicators of our relationship with God. When gratitude is lacking, grace has either not been received or not been understood.’’

Psalm 136:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for his mercy endures forever. God’s goodness is the source of all of our blessings which includes the forgiveness of all of our sins.

Personal invitation :36
Many religious leaders wanted to spend time with Jesus and he accepted this Pharisees’ invitation just as he had earlier accepted an invitation from Matthew a tax collector (5:29).

In Bible times you did not sit up to a table on a chair. The tables were low to the ground like a coffee table so you would sit on a pillow on the floor and lean on the table with your left arm and your feet behind you away from the table.

The dinner takes place in the courtyard of the house as houses of the well-to-do were built around an open courtyard with a garden. In the warm weather the meals would be eaten in the courtyard when there was a large group of people.

Thankful heart :37-38
It was the custom that when a Rabbi was at a meal, all kinds of people would come into the court yard to listen to the conversation. This explains why a woman, who was not invited to the dinner, could walk up behind Jesus without anyone stopping her.

Sinner (NIV lived a sinful life) - kind way of saying a ...

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