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Proverbs 9:17-18 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
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"I believed in once saved always saved", says the greedy of heart and sinful "professing Christian". Sin is Death-Darkness- "The wrath of God!"

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HOLINESS-PEACE!__If the Son therefore shall make you free {from sin}, ye shall be free indeed. (John 8:36) Then said Jesus to those ...which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, {to be holy..free from this worlds lust and love for it} then are ye my disciples indeed; (John 8:31)
For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. (Romans 2:28-29) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-13)"THE ONLY JEW GOD LOVES"
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No Kiss
By Leonard Ravenhill

 

      Luke 7:36 - 47 "...whom little is forgiven... loveth little."

I might suggest that this was the most exciting day in the life of this man, Simon the Pharisee. He had managed to get the most amazing man in history into his home.

I am quite sure Simon thought to filter the number of people he would have come into the place to eat.


          So his first problem was the folk. Of course he got the VIP's there, that's the thing you do... It's the thing the Scripture says you shouldn't do, but we do it. You should have a banquet where nobody can invite you back. But you see, we don't do it that way anymore. So he had a problem getting the right amount of folk. I'm sure he got the millionaire, and the mayor, and the magistrate, and the marvelous people. I think he woke up at night and said, "No, I'll cross that man out and I'll put this name in." Eventually he had the right folk.
          Secondly he had to have the right food. If you are inviting the president of the United States I think you'd prepared something very special; you wouldn't have hamburgers and potato chips.


          Finally he decided on the folk and he decided on the food and then I think he decided on the flowers; he wanted the right kind of aesthetic atmosphere.

Everything was lovely, the garden, the table... he had worked out every detail.
He said to himself, "This is going to be a day that I shall never, never, never want to forget."

It became a day that he never, never, never wanted to remember!

He said, "This is going to be the day of my exhalation."

It became the day of his humiliation!

He said, "People are going to leave this banquet talking about my liberality."

They left it talking about his stupidity!

He was so intent, he was so sure that everything was right.
It became one of those days where everything goes beautifully wrong.

I can imagine that he just got down and conditioned all the servants there and said, "Now, alert me when so and so comes."


And the first thing, the millionaire is coming; not in a Cadillac, but coming with a beautiful carriage and his horses.
          And he runs out.
                    And, as they still do in the orient, he kisses the man on either cheek.
                              And escorts him to the place where his feet can be washed,
                              as it was the custom.
                                        And shows him in to his assigned seat at the table.

This man got excited about this business. Everybody at the banquet and everything was in the right place.

And I think in the middle, somewhere after a few of his guests had come, one of the servant signals and says,
"Master, I want you. You know that certain woman in town...?"
"Oh, don't mention that abominable woman. If she comes near turn the dogs on her." "Well master, I'm sorry but she's..." "She's where?"
"Well, she's here. She's sitting at the feet of Jesus."
"Well, how did He get in?!"

 

Jesus has an awful habit of coming in at the back door.
That's how He came in the world, with a suspicion of illegitimacy on Him. "He came not to be ministered unto, but to minister." I wish some ministers would remember that. We are to be the love slaves of Jesus Christ. We are not here to carry prestige, or power, or personality, or show off. We're the least of all men; we're servants.

And I can see Jesus coming in at the back door. At the back door He wasn't' concerned about the welcome.

And Simon comes and says, "I've missed it. He's no prophet. If He were a prophet He'd know what kind of a woman this is. She is a sinner."
Jesus then goes on with the beautiful story: