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Summary: As a help in understanding the expression "in His human virtues with His divine attributes," let us use some cases in the Gospel of Luke as illustrations. In 7:36-50 a sinful woman came into the home of a Pharisee who had invited the Lord Jesus to eat wit

Example of the Highest Standard of Morality

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bible Verses ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Please read Luke 7:36-50

See notes at the end of lesson.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Words of Ministry ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

As a help in understanding the expression "in His human virtues with His divine attributes," let us use some cases in the Gospel of Luke as illustrations. In 7:36-50 a sinful woman came into the home of a Pharisee who had invited the Lord Jesus to eat with him. As we read the account of this incident, we see that Jesus, the Man-Savior, conducted Himself in His human virtues. He was not at all bothered by that sinful woman... If we had been the Lord Jesus, we probably would have been troubled by the behavior of this woman. We might have said to her, "Don’t you know that I am a guest in this house? Can’t you see that I am eating?" However, to act in that way would be to fail to act in the proper human virtues. In this situation the Man-Savior was very kind and patient, realizing that this woman had been convicted of her sins.

He was also merciful. To be merciful is to sympathize with others in their poor condition and low estate. In addition to exercising kindness, patience, and mercy toward the woman, the Lord Jesus also exercised His understanding. Furthermore, He was wise and loving.

Perhaps you are wondering what divine attributes are expressed in 7:36-50. First, here we have the divine forgiveness (7:47-48). God is the only one who can grant

forgiveness of sins. He alone is qualified to forgive sins. In 7:50 the Lord Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace." The giving of peace is also a divine attribute. God is the only one who can give inner peace. In 7:36-50 we see the Man-Savior in the house of a Pharisee acting in His human virtues with His divine attributes. He could behave in such a manner because He was the God-man. Hence, He acted in the highest standard of morality, for His human virtues expressed His divine attributes.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A Prayer ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Lord Jesus, I confess that I am also like this sinful woman. I come to You to receive divine forgiveness and peace. Thank You for your mercy, kindness, understanding, and love in Your humanity. I give myself to You. Amen.

Luke 7:36-50

[36] 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.

Luke 7:36

a [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] This event found only in Luke. Not the same as Mark 14:3-9.

[37] 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,

Luke 7:37

a [woman in the city, which was a sinner] Not Mary Magdalene, for this was in Nain (Luke 7:11-35), not Magdala on the Sea of Galilee. She was known in Nain as "a sinner" (Luke 7:39). Because Mary is mentioned in Luke 8:2 does not prove she is this woman of Nain. Neither is it proof that she was a harlot just because she was a sinner.

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