Re:Verse reading–Luke 7:36-50 (day one)
“Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went.”–v 1.
It was a pattern for the Lord. A choice. An example for us. He stayed in contact and conversation with his critics and opponents. Dinners not distance. Opportunities for friendship.
The Pharisees had a different “wisdom”. Their name is derived from a Hebrew word (prs) which means “to separate or detach”. They shunned people who strayed. Disagreement was disloyalty. Their “go to” moral instinct was to get as far away from sin and sinner as possible. (Note the host’s astonishment when Jesus did not apply this “separation policy” to the sinful woman).
But as long as the Pharisee was open to friendship, Jesus was willing to enter in. The same being true for the woman.
Question–how will people believe unless they hear the message? Question 2–how effective will our words be if we are not friends?