Good evening. I think we’re on now. Are we on now? Okay. We are in Luke chapter seven. Turn me up just a little bit. It seems quiet. Okay. We are in Luke chapter seven. We’re going to begin at verse 36 this evening. So go ahead. Be turning over there. Let’s get started with a word of prayer,
our gracious heavenly father. We thank you for all that you do for us on a daily basis. We’re grateful for your care and your concern. We’re grateful for all of the many blessings that you shower upon us. We are mindful of all of the things in this life and all of the freedoms that we have in this country. That mean that we are so blessed to be where we are to live,
where we are, to have the freedom that we have to worship you to assemble together without fear of persecution. And we pray that that will continue to be case for many, many, many years to come. We pray for our country and the difficult time she’s going through. And we pray for its leadership at the local level and at the state level,
at the national level, that the choices they make will be beneficial for your kingdom and beneficial for those who are members and citizens of this country. And also those around the world. We ask that you forgive each and every one of us when we sin and fall short of your glory and are willing to repent of those things. And we pray that we might daily seek to become closer to you and live closer to you each and every day.
All this we pray in Jesus name. Amen. Luke chapter seven One to first of all, I guess I should start here. Oh, I know it should start here. I want to say thank you to Michael for filling in on short notice with the first part of Luke seven, just, just a reminder to everybody. If you don’t feel good,
don’t be here. And I didn’t feel good. I felt really bad and I feel much better now. And I’m glad for that. And thankfully it wasn’t COVID so chapter seven of Luke, one thing to remember as you’re dealing with Luke’s writing is unlike the book of acts where the things that Luke writes in the book of acts are in chronological order. He goes from the beginning of the time,
right after Jesus is, is resurrected. And he ascends back into heaven, goes from that point and goes not year by year there’s, there’s a number of jumps in there, but he goes progressively through the history of the early church. But in the book of Luke, he doesn’t do that. The, the history that he records in the book of Luke is more a history by an event and telling a,
a story for a particular reason or rehearsing a piece of information about Jesus’ life for a particular reason, because as Luke introduces at the beginning of the book, many other records of Jesus’ life have already been written, okay. His purpose is not to do what Matthew did and give an account of Jesus’ life from beginning to end. Instead, his goal was to give this particular Theopolis to whom he is writing a better understanding of Jesus’ taking the things that were already known,
had already been written, but delving more deeply into Jesus in other areas, in talking about other things. And so he takes events, not necessarily chronic low chronological order. They’ll those events may be covered in the other books in chronological order. He takes other events and brings them together to convey a message, to convey a thought to declare something. Of course,
all of this inspired by the Holy spirit. So there’s distance<inaudible> there’s there’s debate as to chapter seven 36 through verse 50, is this an event that occurs and happens in the second year of Jesus’ ministry connected to the prior part of the chapter prior part of the chapter and the events of it? Yeah. And everything we’re studying right now. And this,
this part of the material is all part of Jesus’s second year of his ministry. And some will discuss this section and go, well, it’s it belongs here. Yeah. Obviously the people who put together the material we’re going through Bible study guide for all ages believes that this, this belongs in this timeframe. That’s why we’ve jumped from the sermon on the Mount over into Luke is because this is all second year of Jesus’ ministry activities.
Okay. So they believe this is part of the second year, not a similar account. Also not Luke’s version of a similar account found in John and in Matthew about the woman who comes in in Bethany and annoyance Jesus. The week of his betrayal, I tend to disagree. I believe this is Luke’s account of that event placed here for Luke’s reason for it being here.
But if you agree differently as, as the people who wrote this material, do I’m fine with that. There’s, there’s nothing that holds it down to that level of specificity. But I think, again, my opinion that this and John 12 are the same event. If they’re not, then by all means that that is perfectly fine, but that’s just my opinion.
And the fact that it’s here and that is my opinion, gave me an opportunity to talk about the chronology of Luke as you’re reading through it. And you go, well, wait a minute, Matthew has that way over here. And Luke’s got it right up here. Don’t be confused, Luke, doesn’t write in chronological order. So that’s just all for that purpose.
So you understand that verse 36, then one of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him. One of the Pharisees comes to Jesus and asked him to come and, and eat dinner with him, come to a feast, come and gather at his house. And he went to the Pharisee’s house and sat down to eat and behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner when she knew that Jesus out of the table in the Pharisee’s house,
brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil and stood at his feet behind him weeping. And she began to wash his feet with her tears and wipe them with the hair of her head. And she kissed his feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. And when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he spoke to himself saying this man, if he were a prophet,
would know who and what manner of woman this is, who is touching him for. She is a sinner. Okay. Couple of key things as we go through here, first and foremost, Jesus is invited into this man’s house house. In first century times when someone else is brought into your house, you were expected to not just feed them. It was part of the Jewish culture and part of the Jewish tradition that you would go above and beyond goes all the way back to the time of Abraham.
When Abraham had those who visited him and he not only went out and pled with them to come in and at with him and to stay with him and her allow him to give them some food before they traveled on, but he went above and beyond. He served them. He stood aside as they ate. He showed himself to be hospitable. In addition,
when you would have someone who was a teacher in your house, a rabbi, you were considered to have that much more responsibility to show them respect, to treat them with honor and to be hospitable. So as we get into this, one of the things that Jesus is going to draw into his response is the contrast of the act that the woman has versus the Pharisee.
The<inaudible> you think concerning the events are transpiring. If this is in the second year, as, as it’s been placed in the material, then the Pharisees at this time are watching Jesus. They are looking for opportunities to accuse him of wrongdoing. They are looking for opportunities to say he broke the law, he violated this or that thing over here, they’re looking for and paying close attention to anything that they could use to accuse him because he’s becoming popular.
You remember at the end of chapter seven of Matthew, one of the things we read over in Matthew chapter seven, and this is kind of one of those key indicators that Matthew puts in there verse 28. And so it was when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at his teaching for. He taught them as one having a 40 and not as the scribe,
there will be events that transpire in this timeframe where people will be sent to listen to Jesus and to accuse Jesus. And then we’ll come back and say, nobody ever taught like this man teaches that there will be the crowds and the people having an impression that this is not just another rabbi. And this is not just another scribe. And this is not just another one.
Like we’ve always known because remember saved John the Baptist. There had been no prophet in Israel from the time of Malakai until now. So John being the exclusion and what happened when John came on the scene,<inaudible> John went city to city teaching everywhere, right? No. Where did John go? He went out in the wilderness specifically where he went to the Jordan.
Why did he go there? It was wilderness. And there was much water. And what was he doing to the people? Baptizing them. For what reason?<inaudible> For repentance for the forgiveness of sins. So John stands as an anomaly to all the other teachers to begin with. Okay. John is his present bef prior to this time, and John has been out teaching and John has been drawing all Israel.
We’re told people from all Israel came to hear John and the only people he didn’t want to come were the Pharisees. When they showed up, he said, who called you? Who invited you? You brood of Vipers. You snakes. All right, John and the Pharisees didn’t get along. So they’ve already got one person that they don’t like, who’s on the scene.
And they’ve already got one person who they’re trying to get popularity and visibility diminished. And then after that, he says, no, no, no, no, no. John does. I’m not the one you’re looking for. I’m not the Messiah. I, I’m not the one to follow. I’m the one who’s here to point out the Messiah. And then he does exactly that.
He says behold, the lamb of God and points them to Jesus. While now they’ve gone from having one person who’s more popular than they are to two people who are more popular than they are. And that’s beginning to be a problem for the Pharisees and for the teachers. So all of this is kind of encapsulated in the attitude with which the Pharisee who invited to dinner,
didn’t show him the respect and the hospitality that was common and expected. Okay. This would have been as if you get invited over to dinner and the normal procedure is, Hey, take your coat off, leave your shoes at the door, have a comfortable seat. Dinner will be served. Come on, you know, come to the table, you sit this in this place.
This is where, where our guests at. You get all this attention when you come over to dinner at somebody’s house. And, and instead, the kind of the idea here is in modern terms, you’ll walk in. Nobody tells you where to put your coat. You’re just told to leave it on. You know, go sit over there. That’s the contrast of attitudes because the Pharisees are not happy with Jesus.
Now I’m going to throw in one tidbit here. That is important in my mind, if this passage is a parallel passage to John, John 12, okay. And that is verse 40. And Jesus answered and said to him, Simon, I have something to say to you. So he said, teacher, say it. Now the Simon here is not CFUs.
It’s not, it’s not Simon. Peter, who is Simon. The Pharisee. Now go over to John chapter 12 real quick. And again, this is, if these are parallel passages, if I’ll leave it at that, it either they either are or aren’t. But if they are, this is a really, really interesting tidbit. Then six days before the Passover,
Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, who had been dead, whom he had raised from the dead there. They made him a supper and Martha served him. But Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spike, Nard, anointed, the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair.
And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil, but one of his disciples, Judas, Iscariot, and I believe this is the only time in all of scripture where Judas, his father’s name has mentioned. What is Judas? His father’s name? Simon. They’re in the house of a Pharisee And his name is Simon. And by all indications,
if these are parallel passages, it is Judases fathers House. Okay. Okay. And a few days later. Yeah. Again, if they’re parallel passages, if, if this event is the same thing, it will be a few days later that Simon or sorry, Judas BARR, Simon, son of Simon will betray Jesus to the chief Breeze. So go back to Luke chapter seven.
Yes. So one of the things that we find out in a third passage is Mary is one who at one point was had demons. Okay. So if you take that, so we, we learned that in the third passage, if you take that and this, you put together the fact that while she was demon possessed, she was doing things that had categorized her as a sinner.
Okay. And her actions, which would not have been uncommon if someone was, was demon possessed were things that she would not have done. Had she not been possessed by a demon, but that doesn’t mean that anybody around her and certainly Pharisees would have treated her any differently. Having done those things, even though she was demon possessed. So that’s a tidbit that,
again, it’s in a third location, but we were specifically told that Mary was demon possessed, which by the way also gives you kind of that. Oh, that’s why Mary is so attached to Jesus every time in every passage that we read about her focus, her attention is always on Jesus. Well, if she had been demon possessed and he cast the demons out,
what do you think her reaction would be? What do you think her, you know, Martha might have some question about, you know, certain things and have her attention on other things, but not Mary Mary. And by the way, all right, let me throw this one thing in there. If Martha is one who believes Jesus to be the Messiah,
but has gone through life normally as just a Jew, who’s learning the truth. Who knows who Jesus is and is close to Jesus. But Mary was at one point demon possessed and doing things that she, that were sinful as a result of that, do you not have, as we’re about to read a sinner with a lower level degree of sin in,
in the sense of the story we’re about to get into and one with a great amount of sin. Okay. So these are all just interesting tidbits as we get into this story, Jesus is about to give, but one last thing. So yes, I believe if these are parallel passages, that it is Mary who’s described here as a center that she was before Jesus cast the demons out from her one who was living as a harlot,
because that’s kind of the indication of the text is this is a woman who was a, it’s not just a woman who sinned at some time in the past. This is a woman who is a sinner that would have been common vernacular for one who had been a hard one. Okay. So, okay. By the way, another reason why, if she had demons,
if those demons had been cast out, not only her whole family’s attachment to Jesus Lazarus, Mary Martha, all three, but also the reason why before the disciples have ever even gotten to the point where they realize he’s the Messiah there, they know that they have no doubts and yet the disciples are still questioning things. Also, why is Mary at the tomb of Jesus?
First thing in the morning, Sunday morning, it, all of these things are all tidbits of information. That line up perfectly, if this is the case. Okay? But one last thing that I wanted to mention from verse 39. Now, when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he spoke to himself. I want to, I want to point out something.
This response by Jesus is to an unstated Thought, okay, Much like it was the case. Back when Jesus was there in the house and the men climbed up on the roof and took the roof off and lowered the man in to be healed. And Jesus said, your sins are forgiven you and the Pharisees reasoned within themselves. How good can anyone, but God forgives sins.
And Jesus answers their argument out loud as if they had made it, but they never made it. Simon. Doesn’t say a word he’s watching. But he’s thinking if this man knew Who this person was, who’s touching him. He wouldn’t let her touch him To mind. Two things. Number one, the rabbis perspective towards women, most rabbis in the first century in that time period would not even speak to a woman in public would have no dialogue with a woman in public,
let alone allow a woman to touch them in public. Okay. Secondly, if you look at this from the Ferris scenic perspective of the legalism of a Pharisee, If a Woman has been involved in that, which is on godly sinful, if she’s a sinner, if she is unclean and anything, that’s unclean touches you, you become what on claim. And so the mindset is if he knew that this woman is a sinner,
if he knew the type of woman, this is, and that he as a rabbi would become unclean by her touching him, he’d never let her do it. Okay? All of these pieces are tied up into this context. And Jesus responds to this unstated thought to the thing that he stated to himself, but not out loud. Simon, I have something to say to you.
So he said, teacher say it, there was A certain creditor who had two debtors, one owed 500 denarii and the other 50. So what’s the, what’s the separation between the two, a multiple of what? Okay. One owed 500 and the other owed 50, a multiple of 10. All right. 10 X Separation between the two, one,
a huge debt and one, a smaller debt. But Jesus adds another factor. And when they had nothing with which to repay, okay, detail here that matters the man with the small debt smaller, could he repay the debt? No. Okay. He has a debt. He Can not pay. The other man has a much larger debt. Is he any more capable of paying?
No. You have two people, both of whom have a debt. They can’t Can not pay. Okay. That’s an incredibly important aspect of the story because we really, That at least in A regular sense, there is a difference between one sin and another. Not all sins are equal, right? Because if I say something mean to you, that’s on toward and unkind.
That’s sinful bloody. If I murder you Also sinful, but it’s not anywhere close to the same kind of sin. Isn’t we recognize there’s a difference. But For the one sin that I committed by being unkind and unthoughtful in my speech and in my statements towards you, do I have the ability to repay that sin and get, make it be forgiven by God can hold on.
Can I, by my actions alone, not through grace, not through mercy. Can I get, can I repay the debt of that sin? No. Okay. It is a debt. Any sin is a debt. I cannot pay on my own. Now here’s this great sin over here. I, I murdered you. Instead of saying something unkind to you,
I killed you. Is that a debt? I can pay no two different debts, but neither of them Can I repay on my own? Here’s a Pharisee. Do you think he knows that he’s sinned at any point in time in his life? Sure. Even Paul who’s the Pharisee of farracies in his Pharisaical upbringing knew that he couldn’t keep the law perfectly.
And he says as much in Romans chapter seven, with his mind, he desired to keep the law and yet failed to this Pharisee knows he’s not perfect, but in the mind of a Pharisee, he ain’t like that woman. He’s not a sinner. He’s just somebody who sin. That woman is a sinner. Now, do we see a problem with the thought process?
Careful, because sometimes we’re guilty of it. Sometimes we see a person sitting in the Pew doing the best they can, and it services every week. And, and being a person who’s reliant upon the grace of God and the forgiveness of God to cleanse their sins. And we think that’s a good person. And then we see someone out in the world who’s messed up,
trashed up and, and just in the gutter. And we think that’s a center. And sometimes in our mind, we forget the person sitting in the Pew is no more capable of paying for their own sins. Then that person is, We Need this reminder too, because sometimes we get the mindset that that person would hear the gospel and that person never would,
but that’s just simply not true because here’s the perfect example. Simon answered and said, I suppose the one whom he for gay more, did I reverse? I don’t think I finished verse 42. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely for gave them both tell me, therefore, which of them will love him more. Okay. So the one who has the,
the, the, the creditor who has two debtors, one, he forgives a great amount and an astronomical amount by way of, of that day on money. And this other one, he forgives a significant amount, but the point is neither one of them could have paid it. And he forgives them both. And Jesus wants to know from Simon, which one would love the creditor more,
the one to whom he forgave a small amount or the one to whom he four gave a great about. And Simon says, I suppose the one whom he four gave more. And he, Jesus said to him, Simon, you have right Leigh judged. Then he turned to the woman and said, now here’s a phrase for you. This is Luke.
This, this is, this is just, this is the epitome of Luke’s writing. He describes it with such eloquence. He turns to the woman Jesus does and speaks to Simon. Notice that he doesn’t speak speaking to the woman. He turns to the woman and said to Simon, do you see this woman? I entered your house. You gave me no water for my feet.
What did they commonly wear in that day in time, footwear sandals. And it was nice paved roads. And all of it was cleaned every night with a street sweeper, right? No, they walked on what kind of paths? Third, have you ever worn sandals and walked on a dirt path? What is the end result? Dirty feet. It was common when you came into a house to have someone there,
even a servant to wash the people’s feet as they came in. And yet Simon didn’t do that. He said, do you see this woman? I entered your house. You gave me no water for my feet, but she has washed my feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave me no kiss, the common greeting of the day,
but this woman has not seized to kiss my feet. Since the time I came in, you did not anoint my head with oil, but this woman has anointed my feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many are forgiven for, she loved much, but to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little. Then he said to her,
your sins are forgiven.<inaudible> Is Jesus saying that this woman by her actions, by the deeds, which she did to him, the kindness she showed to him is Jesus saying that by her actions she’s earned her forgiveness. No. Okay. Jesus is setting a contrast between this woman’s actions and Simon’s actions. And while Simon views her as this great center,
She’s not okay. Oh, she may have been in the past, but she’s not. She’s a debtor whose debt has been paid. And as a result, she is showing by her actions. The love that she has for the one who paid the debt and Simon as one. Now let’s say you mentioned this one more time. If Simon is Judases father,
if he is, if it’s a parallel passage with John, with John, John 12, and if that text draw to draw those two things drawn together as proper, then the Simon know who Jesus is. Sure did. Peter’s mother-in-law know who Jesus was. Sure. Oh, by the way, if these two passages are parallel, who’s sitting right there too.
Hazaras is if this is a repair, if this is a parallel passage, does Ironman know who Jesus is? That evidence is sitting at the table. There’s a man who was dead and in the tomb for three days. And you sitting at the Table, Simon is not a fair ASEE who just ran into Jesus and invited him to dinner. Simon though,
is a Pharisee who is not treating Jesus with the respect. He would have treated any of the other Pharisee Teachers. And Jesus is allowing this woman’s actions to draw out that Simon’s actions towards God Are not what they should have been. Even if he was a sinner who only needed to be forgiven Little, he still wasn’t doing what he should’ve done. He wasn’t acting the way he should have acted then.
And those who sat at the table with him began to say for themselves, who is this who even forgives sins. So we’re not told, and this was by the way, this was common. Someone who’s prominent in the city has a big feast. Notable people are in the city. They get invited, but there’s, there’s more than that. There’s more than that around.
If this is again, John chapter 12, then the 12 disciples are there to Lazarus is there to Martha’s serving food. Mary’s there too. And probably others from the city. Maybe other acquaintances of Lazarus are there too. If not, we at least know that in this context alone, if this is a separate event, that there are others present. And again,
you get this perspective Who is this that can forgive sins. That is, Is such an anomaly because even the prophets didn’t Say such things, okay? You wouldn’t have Isaiah walking through the streets, telling someone your sins are forgiven. You okay? That, that just wasn’t going to happen. Why? Because that was a function of God. John would say repent and be baptized for the remission of sins,
but not, Hey, you come here. You’re forgiven. Okay, John, wasn’t doing that either. This is an anomaly and they’re seeing it as such. Then he said to the woman, so now he he’s the reaction of the people. The reaction of those present is who is this, that forgives sins. And he says to the woman, your faith Has saved you.
Not the crying, not the wiping, not the oil, not the cost of the oil, none of that, But her faith and always with Jesus. And even in the story, even In the example he provides, it is a faith tied Action. The one who’s forgiven, the greater debt. Does he, the creditor who forgave his debt more?
Yes. Then how would he show it by actions? And the whole story is an account of someone who showed no actions Of recognition And admiration and respect and honor and hospitality, and one You showed love instead. So chapter eight, Verse one, we read now it came to pass afterward that he went through every city and village preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God.
And the 12 were with him and, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities. Mary called Magdalene out of whom had come seven demons and Joanna, the wife of Chusa Herod’s steward and Susanna, and many others who provided for him from their substances here. You’ve got a list of other who are involved in Jesus’ ministry by providing For him,
but they’re not the disciples. The disciples are traveling around with him. The disciples are going with him day in and day out. And someone is providing for them. Someone’s giving them money and food and, and stuff, Substance. And we find out that A nucleus of that, a nexus of that is A group of women. The people that the rabbis would have shunned Nord were the people who were Doing what needed to be done to keep Jesus and his disciples going throughout the city.
He’s teaching and preaching. So Just an interesting tidbit here in chapter eight, that here you have these women who are involved in all ways through, throughout the new Testament and throughout, especially Jesus’ ministry, you see women being Key characters, Key individuals in the life of Christ in the life of, and the existence of the church in the early first century.
Many times you have women who are described, who are doing incredible things and serving in incredible ways. And I dare say, there’s, if there are, Are any that I, that aren’t coming to mind, there are very few times in all of scripture and especially in the new Testament where any woman is spoken of in a negative sense, without there also being a husband or a man spoken of in a negative sense as well.
For instance, an and Safira, you know, they together are spoken of in a negative sense because of their negative deeds, but quite often you have these highlights of women and their actions in these texts. There’s chapter seven and chapter eight. Let’s go through the questions real quick. And then we will be done at whose house was Jesus eating. When the woman washed his feet with her tears,
Simon, the Pharisee, the Pharisee who invited Jesus, a washed his feet, be poured oil on his head. C kissed him, D fed him, fed him not true of the woman who washed Jesus’ feet was that she a was a faithful Jew, be anointed. His feet with perfume, see wet his feet with her tears, or di she wiped his feet with her hair.
Hey, she was not a faithful Jew. What did Jesus say had saved her, her faith? Isn’t it interesting. She’s she’s not described as a faithful Jewish she’s described as a center and yet it was her faith that saved her. Yes or no. Did the Pharisee thing that Jesus should let the sinful woman wash his feet? No. In Jesus story about the money lender who did or excuse me,
what did the money lender do about the two debtors who owed him money for gave them mode, which debtor loved the money lender more? The one who was forgiven the most, a person with many sins loves Jesus a little, or be much when he is forgiven of them be how were Jesus and the 12 apostles supported during Jesus’ ministry. All right. Women all the way up to those within the very house of Herod supported him in his and his disciples in their ministry.
Okay. Thank you for your attention. I don’t have too many announcements tonight, but I want to conduct a little bit of a survey with the congregation here about, about our mask wearing. So let me just run through this. First of all, welcome to the Collierville church of Christ Wednesday evening, worships, right? I’ll just call it a Bible study.
And I’m also a devotional are sick that we need to remember Rodale and Dorothy Wilson with their chronic problem. Dorothy, with her high blood pressure, Joan Springer is still suffering from the headaches that she has and also just being very, very weak. Janie Marlin is doing much better. In fact, she spent the night with Francis, I guess it was Friday night or Saturday,
Saturday night, Sunday night, Sunday night. Okay. And lucky Hanks thank is doing much better with his pacemaker. So these folks we really need to keep in our prayers. And also Noah Olson. He is recovering from COVID he’s the student that we are temporarily supporting over in the school of preaching. And I guess he is probably he’ll be back Sunday. Is he going to class?
Okay, so he’s doing better. Okay, great. And Barbara Dillard, we announced that she had a procedure on her shoulder. Her arm is still immobilized and she’s in a, quite a bit of pain with that. So need to keep Barbara in our prayers to what I was referring to about the mask there. As you know, there was a men’s business meeting Monday night,
and someone had suggested we bring the mask wearing up and consider the fact that everyone needed to perhaps wear a mask. And even while we were singing, we discussed that like noses, all of us have an opinion about that. And it’s Okay. A whole, every, like I say, everyone has an opinion and we all differ a little bit on that.
We have operated now for several months with the idea that if you’re not feeling well, don’t come to church and risk contaminating the whole church building with it. That may not be the smartest thing in the world, but there’s a lot of different ways. We can probably approach this continue as we are. This building will hold approximately 400 people and we rarely have more than 50 in attendance.
In fact, since this COVID has hit, I would dare say we’ve been over 40 maybe once or twice through the summer. But my point being, we got plenty of rooms, plenty of room to scatter out. And Eric has taken the time and trouble to put some little blue tape marks on the pews that are every other Pew, which gives us approximately the six feet that they recommend that we stay separated.
If we are uncomfortable with the distance, there’s nothing wrong with this moving four or five fuse up the way. And that will be taken care of. We Can wear a mask even while we’re singing. I think our singing is going to be a little bit hampered and I just want to get a reaction from, from the congregation here. What do you all think?
Does anybody have an idea?<inaudible> Well, if we’re going to chastise people singing, I probably need to stay home, but I hear you. I hear you on that. Any other, I know Eric has pretty strong feeling about this. He thinks we’ve operated. I think fine the way it is and the masks are not required.<inaudible> That is a very logical,
I do think that the cases are becoming more and more frequent here in Shelby County. And we’re probably getting to the point where we’re experiencing the peak in, in this Terry’s he’s had it. So he’s home free.<inaudible> Okay. Well, okay.<inaudible> But with that high percentage rate comes a greater possibility that you’re probably going to be exposed to it.
I guess what I’d like to see a show of hands. Terry has got a very logic to me. The times that we all violate the six foot clearance rule there is when we come through the four year and we’re coming to her seat, we stand a lot of times after the service is over and talk to one another and people have to squeeze by us because we,
the hall or the ILS here are made to talk in. Right. So anyway, could I see a show where the hands of people that think we ought to wear the mask the entire time we’re in the building? How about a show of the hands that we stay, where we are and just press on, well now let me count. This is going to be close.<inaudible> That was about 13 or so.
How about those that would feel like we ought to wear them as we come through the door, wear them to our seats, like Terry suggested, take the mask off, make sure we have the six foot separation other than within our own families and put them on. When we get up to exit the building, how many people feel that way? Anybody want to change your mind?<inaudible> Well,
I knew this was going to be kind of a, kind of a wishy-washy Morrissey thing to do, but I guess if it bothers you wear the mask<inaudible> Well, thank you for that, that input. I would like to kind of second that another thing that I really, really would like to express and how much everyone in the congregation here kind of does their share,
picks up their load and looks after the, for instance, with Francis, I think almost everyone in the congregation has at least called her or touch base with her to see if they could do anything. That really means a lot. And it means a lot to everybody watching as well. And just the daily administration of the church here, everyone is pretty well doing,
doing their job. And I do appreciate that. It sure does make the men’s oversight or what did they didn’t oversight. But the men’s trying to keep a lid on things so much easier when people are so cooperative. That’s all I have<inaudible> Later will be Michael Dale. Aaron has the devotional and Terry Sanderson has the closing prayer<inaudible> Because I didn’t get to hit you up before I wanted to ask all y’all for prayers.
One of my supporters and dear friends, he is 72 years old, found out Monday that he has COVID. He passed out on his living room floor and had to be rushed to the emergency room where he had emergency surgery to remove eight blood clots in his lungs and is now fighting for his life because of COVID in the hospital. So yeah, the blood clots were caused.
They said by COVID. So I don’t know how that works, but just keep him in your prayers. His wife is 74 and I don’t know what she’s going to do if she loses him. So they, they really need a lot of prayers right now. They’re their family. All right. Our song before the devotional will be number 560 living by faith five,
six. I care. Not today. Tomorrow may bring if shadow or sunshine or Ray and the Lord. I know, rule Thor, every thing. And all of my worry is living by faith. Hey Jesus, I’m trusting.<inaudible> I’m living by<inaudible>. Our Lord will return to this. There are some sweet hay or troubles. Well then I’ll be<inaudible> the masters.
So Jen Lee will lead us way beyond that. Blessed<inaudible> living by faith. Hey, in Jesus.<inaudible> in his great<inaudible> living by faith. Hey,<inaudible> he word, please? Mark song number 907 heart. The gentle voice. That’ll be the song Of invitation number nine, zero seven, Michael. What’s the name of that family? The Phillips family are the ones who he mentioned that are dealing with the husband in the hospital and the blood clots.
So keep the Phillips family in your mind. And in your prayers, Luke chapter five, we read beginning in verse 29, then Levi, who we also know as Matthew gave him a great feast in his own house. Jesus has called Matthew to be one of his disciples to follow him. And we read concerning Levi, Matthew getting up from his tax collector’s to follow Jesus.
So by all indications, he was a man of, of wealth. He at least has his own house and can’t afford to throw this great feast in Jesus’ honor. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them and their scribes and Pharisees complained against his disciples saying, why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?
They’re astounded That Jesus would sit down, would share a meal with wood fellowship, With tax collectors, Who were known to be thieves who were known to be dishonest, who were known as the worst. Not only because some of them were thieves, but because they worked with the wrong And government and centers, Jesus answered and said to them, those who are well,
have no need of the physician, but those who are Sick, Jesus said his reason for interacting with these people, these people who would have been shunned by the scribes would have been shunned by the Pharisees. Instead he interacts with them and he says, the reason is because sinners need A physician. Those who are sick, need a doctor. And that’s why He goes on to say,
I have not come to call the rights. Yes, but sinners to repentance, all of us are grateful when We have need of a physician. When we have need of, as some of us, at times a surgeon, we are all grateful to have access Says to such a person. And yet Jesus makes it clear. Sinners Above anyone who is sick with a physical disease,
even a life-threatening one, every sinner Needs a physician. Every sinner needs a savior Because while a disease might kill you, sin will dam you to an eternal hell. And so Jesus would set aside these peoples Past for their future and teach them How to be something they had never been before, not a keeper of the law, but one who was righteous and one who could have hope and trust and faith and grace through the blood of Jesus Christ.
Every one of us at some point in our lives will be one who is lost and needs a physician. If you’re in that condition tonight, the only physician who can heal you from sin is Jesus Christ. The only physician who can save your soul and change your destiny, eternally is Jesus Christ. So who is your doctor that can heal you from the real plague that persists in the life of humanity?
Because Christ is the only, and the good physician you have need of that salvation. Whether you’re outside the body of Christ and need to enter into it, having heard the word of the gospel and having believed that Jesus Christ is the son of God. You can repent of your sins. Change your course of life. Confess the name of Christ and be immersed in water for the remission of your sins.
Having those sins washed away, never to be held accountable to them again, and rise to walk in newness of life, living the life of a forgiven person. But if you’re a person who was forgiven in the past and you’ve walked away from that, and you’ve begun again to live in sin and serve on righteousness, you too can return a Christian who’s returned to sin,
can repent and seek the prayers of the church and repentive something that is public. And before given publicly, no matter your situation, as we all have care and concern about a virus that can kill a person. The greatest concern we have is sin and salvation. If you have need of the invitation, why not come now as we stand and as we sing,
Jen told boys 17<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> Let us pray. Father in heaven, we thank you for this time to come together as your children to study that word, we pray private. We will all be safe on my way home and be safe everywhere we go, keep her safe from the virus, or you pray that you would forgive us when we do wrong.
Where you thank you for the teachers here at Chi. Well, we pray that they will have a long and useful life in your service. We pray that you would be with those that are sick from the virus and others that have other illnesses in our congregation, pray that you would be with them and be with those that are taken care of them. Pray to keep us safe.
Do we meet again in crash name? We pray. Amen.