One of the most heart-warming, moving messages in scripture is about God being a defender of the widow and the orphan. Widows and orphans fit into the category of the defenseless, disadvantaged, and downtrodden. The King of kings and Lord of lords could snub His nose at those who have nothing to offer but instead He seeks to bless the underdog in a dog-eat-dog world where selfish people look out for number one. God is different, and we see that when He comes to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. We especially see it in the gospel of Luke where the painted portrait of Jesus is that of a minister to the outcasts of society. The sinner woman(Luke 7), the prodigal son(Luke 15), the thief on the cross(Luke 23) – all outcasts who end up as insiders because Jesus has “come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).
That’s good news for you and me – because guess what? We are all sinners undeserving of a relationship with God; however, because God is a God of mercy, kindness, and love He will come to help us if we turn to Him. This song, How Many Kings, has some of the best lyrics and melody I’ve ever heard. Listen to it twice so you get all the words in your heart. Read Luke 7:36-50 and put yourself in the sandals of the sinner woman. How Many Kings by Downhere.
Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to eat with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and she wiped them with the hair of her head, and began kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner!”
And Jesus responded and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he replied, “Say it, Teacher.” “A moneylender had two debtors: the one owed five hundred denarii, and the other, fifty. When they were unable to repay, he canceled the debts of both. So which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I assume the one for whom he canceled the greater debt.” And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.” And turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave Me no kiss; but she has not stopped kissing My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume. For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but the one who is forgiven little, loves little.” And He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.” And then those who were reclining at the table with Him began saying to themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?” And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”