The Jesus the Logician Project: Luke 7:36-50

In the passage Luke 7:36-50, Jesus uses the logical devise of procatalepsis. He anticipates the reaction of a pharisee named Simon and answers it (with a parable) before Simon could even raise his objection.

Simon asked Jesus to come to and eat at his home. It was the custom in Jesus’ day for people to gather around in the house and around the table any time a teacher was there to eat. They hoped to hear some discussions and teaching from the rabbi.

A woman, whom the Bible describes as a “sinner,” heard that Jesus was going to be at Simon’s house so she went there to see him. When she arrived she opened an alabaster vial of perfume on Jesus. She began to weep and wet Jesus’ feet with her tears, so she started wiping them with her hair, kissing them and anointing them with the perfume.

Simon saw this and thought, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner.” (Luke 7:39 NASB)

Jesus then told Simon he had something to say to him. Then, Jesus told a story of a moneylender and two debtors. One debtor owned the equivalent of 500 day’s wages, then other 50. The moneylender saw that neither was able to repay him, so he forgave their debt. Jesus asked Simon which debtor would love the moneylender more. Simon answered that it would be the one who had more forgiven. Jesus told him he was correct and then related Simon and the woman to the two debtors in the story. The woman had more forgiven (being involved in more sin) so she in turn was displaying more love to jesus than Simon, who did not do anything extra to accomodate Jesus in his home.

This is the first of my contributions to Evangelical Outpost’s Jesus the Logician Project.

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