“And one of the Pharisees desired Him that He would eat with him. And He went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden Him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if He were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth Him: for she is a sinner.” Luke 7:36-39
Sometimes, skeptical people will be very cordial when hearing the Word of God, and may even go out of their way to be kind to they who speak Truth. But, sometimes, they are merely looking for the very first thing they can point to that appears to them to be fault in the speaker, that they might dismiss all which was spoken.
Notice that the Pharisee desired to eat with Christ. Seems innocent enough, since after all, the Master had to eat and was homeless. It would be a very nice gesture to invite Him home and feed Him. Notice, also, that this Pharisee knew the woman in question. How is unclear, but he absolutely knew who she was for he knew her sins. The only way to know a sinner as the specific sinner they are is to know their sins. Notice one more thing. She freely entered the Pharisee’s home. He did not try to stop her from entering his home, and when she knelt behind Jesus and began to wash His feet with tears, he did not throw her out. He allowed it to continue, regardless of what he was thinking. Noticing all of this, one could say that he was testing Jesus by allowing this woman the freedom to do what she was doing, so he could dismiss Jesus as a prophet for not knowing and rebuking her.
We need to know that sometimes what appears to be good intentions from another might actually be judgement. The world needs Jesus, but when they look at we who are His representatives for an example, they are looking for the very sin upon us that we claim they must be forgiven of. In doing so, they justify their own behavior and dismiss our testimony. We must always be aware of this and know that we are His. As His children, we should remain holy, separate, and obedient to Christ. We should live beyond reproach, so that no matter when someone looks at us to judge, they see Jesus through us. We will sin, it is a struggle in the flesh which we will fight until we leave this earth. But, we should not do so flagrantly, nor intentionally. When we commit a sin, we should immediately repent from it, confess, and move forward in grace. We should never give opportunity for someone to point out our sins and then deny Christ. We should be the salt and the light in this world that Christ shine forth from us and draw men to Himself.
God knows our thoughts. God knows all men’s thoughts. We cannot control the thoughts of others, but we can bring our own under control and submission to Christ. If we focus on Jesus and walk in the Spirit, chasing after Christ, we will have lives that are sanctified. It is a sanctified life that proves Jesus in us and through us. Let God deal with the thoughts of the doubters. God will use us who trust in Him to prove to the doubters His Truth, even as they doubt our testimony. His glory will shine forth if we abide in Christ.
He will prove Himself, just as He did when He spoke to Peter a parable that exposed the pharisee’s thoughts on what was happening. He will do the same in our lives. We are to trust in that. Vengeance is His and He will use us to prove Himself to others, even when they think evil against us. Christ will prove Himself.