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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Luke Chapter 7 

he centurion's servant healed. (1-10) The widow's son raised. (11-18) John the Baptist's inquiry concerning Jesus. (19-35) Christ anointed in the house of the Pharisee The parable of the two debtors. (36-50)

Verses 1-10: Servants should study to endear themselves to their masters. Masters ought to take particular care of their servants when they are sick. We may still, by faithful and fervent prayer, apply to Christ, and ought to do so when sickness is in our families. The building places for religious worship is a good work, and an instance of love to God and his people. Our Lord Jesus was pleased with the centurion's faith; and he never fails to answer the expectations of that faith which honours his power and love. The cure soon wrought and perfect.

Verses 11-18: When the Lord saw the poor widow following her son to the grave, he had compassion on her. See Christ's power over death itself. The gospel call to all people, to young people particularly, is, Arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light and life. When Christ put life into him, it appeared by the youth's sitting up. Have we grace from Christ? Let us show it. He began to speak: whenever Christ gives us spiritual life, he opens the lips in prayer and praise. When dead souls are raised to spiritual life, by Divine power going with the gospel, we must glorify God, and look upon it as a gracious visit to his people. Let us seek for such an interest in our compassionate Saviour, that we may look forward with joy to the time when the Redeemer's voice shall call forth all that are in their graves. May we be called to the resurrection of life, not to that of damnation.

Verses 19-35: To his miracles in the kingdom of nature, Christ adds this in the kingdom of grace, To the poor the gospel is preached. It clearly pointed out the spiritual nature of Christ's kingdom, that the messenger he sent before him to prepare his way, did it by preaching repentance and reformation of heart and life. We have here the just blame of those who were not wrought upon by the ministry of John Baptist or of Jesus Christ himself. They made a jest of the methods God took to do them good. This is the ruin of multitudes; they are not serious in the concerns of their souls. Let us study to prove ourselves children of Wisdom, by attending the instructions of God's word, and adoring those mysteries and glad tidings which infidels and Pharisees deride and blaspheme.

Verses 36-50: None can truly perceive how precious Christ is, and the glory of the gospel, except the broken-hearted. But while they feel they cannot enough express self-abhorrence on account of sin, and admiration of his mercy, the self-sufficient will be disgusted, because the gospel encourages such repenting sinners. The Pharisee, instead of rejoicing in the tokens of the woman's repentance, confined his thoughts to her former bad character. But without free forgiveness none of us can escape the wrath to come; this our gracious Saviour has purchased with his blood, that he may freely bestow it on every one that believes in him. Christ, by a parable, forced Simon to acknowledge that the greater sinner this woman had been, the greater love she ought to show to Him when her sins were pardoned. Learn here, that sin is a debt; and all are sinners, are debtors to Almighty God. Some sinners are greater debtors; but whether our debt be more or less, it is more than we are able to pay. God is ready to forgive; and his Son having purchased pardon for those who believe in him, his gospel promises it to them, and his Spirit seals it to repenting sinners, and gives them the comfort. Let us keep far from the proud spirit of the Pharisee, simply depending upon and rejoicing in Christ alone, and so be prepared to obey him more zealously, and more strongly to recommend him unto all around us. The more we express our sorrow for sin, and our love to Christ, the clearer evidence we have of the forgiveness of our sins. What a wonderful change does grace make upon a sinner's heart and life, as well as upon his state before God, by the full remission of all his sins through faith in the Lord Jesus!

 


David Burnette's Life Application

Come to Jesus

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Luke with Chapter 7. In our text today we see Luke's account of the Roman soldiers faith, the widow's son raised from the dead, Jesus message to a discouraged John, and the Alabaster Box which shows a picture of how Jesus can and will forgive a persons sin. In making application we see how we can come to Jesus to have our sins forgiven. Today we are saved the same way by coming to Jesus, confessing our sins to Him, and receiving His forgiveness through His finished work on Calvary. How about you? Have you been to Jesus for your Salvation? Let us learn from our text today and the Ministry of Jesus to see that our only hope is for us to come to Jesus, confess that we are a sinner, repent and ask Jesus to forgive our Sins through the price He paid for you on Calvary.

 

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Luke 7

Luke 7

 1Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum.

 2And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.

 3And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.

 4And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:

 5For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.

 6Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:

 7Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.

 8For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

 9When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

 10And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

 11And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.

 12Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.

 13And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.

 14And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.

 15And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.

 16And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.

 17And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about.

 18And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things.

 19And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

 20When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

 21And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.

 22Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

 23And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

 24And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

 25But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.

 26But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.

 27This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

 28For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

 29And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

 30But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.

 31And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?

 32They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.

 33For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil.

 34The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!

 35But wisdom is justified of all her children.

 36And 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.

 37And, 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,

 38And 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.

 39Now 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.

 40And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.

 41There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.

 42And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

 43Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.

 44And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.

 45Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.

 46My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.

 47Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

 48And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.

 49And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?

 50And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.