Luke Reading (#21)
Take a few minutes to catch up and pray that God would bless you through the reading of His word.
Read Luke 7:36-50
[7:36] One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table.  And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment,  and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment.  Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.”  And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”
 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?”  Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.”  Then 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 from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet.  You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.  Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”  And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”  Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?”  And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
- Where does this story take place (v. 36)?
- Who came in (v. 37)? What did she do (v. 37-38)?
- What did Simon the Pharisee conclude about Jesus as a result (v. 39)?
- What story did Jesus tell (v. 41-42)?
- What question did he ask Simon (v. 42)?
- How did he answer (v. 43)? Was his answer correct?
- How had the woman shown more regard for Jesus than Simon had (v. 44-46)?
- What conclusion did Jesus draw from all of this (v. 47)?
- What did he say to the woman (v. 48 and 50)?
- How did the people in attendance respond (v. 49)?
- What was Simon’s assumption about how Jesus would react if he knew the background of the woman who was touching him? What is Simon’s attitude towards this sinful woman?
- What’s the point of the story Jesus told? How does it apply to the situation at hand?
- Jesus says that the woman is forgiven because she loved much (v. 47). He also says that her faith has saved her (v. 50).
- How are those two things both true?
- Is Jesus saying that she has done something to merit her forgiveness?
- Why is it controversial that Jesus would offer this woman forgiveness? What does that say about him?
- Are there people that you think (deep down) don’t really deserve forgiveness?
- If you feel your love for God waning, how can you help it to grow?
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