Let’s go back to the question posed at the start. Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. I am a good husband, father, and son. The toes were open and got very grimy. 42 “When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have something to say to you.”. 27 “Therefore You delivered them into the hand of their oppressors who oppressed them. Surely I am acceptable.” Others would argue that their domestic currency ought to make it. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven – for she loved much. 37And 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, 38and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume (Luke 7:36-38). To view more free Studies in this series, click here. What saved this woman? And Jesus said to him, You have decided correctly. ii. But a person who is forgiven little shows only 12 ‘I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’. 24 “When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. Some were quite shocked that Jesus would allow her to carry on in this manner, not rebuking her or sending her away, especially considering her reputation. The triclinium tables stood approximately eighteen inches off the ground and formed a U–shape. Nobody is capable of paying for their sins. Meeting Jesus can mess up one's heart for days in a good way! Over 50,000 words of in depth discovery questions, teaching points, and applications cover each chapter in 23 lessons. 41"Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. What a wretched man I am! “In this X-rated world, my life is a wholesome G. I’m faithful to my wife. Re-read the passage, preferably in a different translation to get a clearer perspective on what the passage is communicating. What does a day’s wage look like for you? 37 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, 38 and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume. 36Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to dine with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. In the life of the one who has not been forgiving. We cannot hide who we are and what we have done. See what over 150,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. Which therefore of the two loveth him most? Edinburgh: Saint Andrews Press, 2001,  p. 94. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. Simon, the Pharisee host, questions that Jesus is actually a prophet since He apparently did not discern that this woman was a sinner. and she wiped them off with her hair. The Scripture says that no man can come to Christ without the Father drawing him or her (John 6:44). The oil was a sweet or olive oil prepared to give off a pleasant smell, as well as to render the hair more smooth and elegant. Read Luke 7:39. Now which of them will love him more?”, Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”, Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? Jesus put it this way: For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:20). Christ can forgive all who truly repent of their sins and turn to Him in faith. 4. Parable of the Two Debtors (Luke 7:36-47 Teaching Outline) Introduction: In the Bible there are a number of metaphors used to express the meaning of the forgiveness of sin. the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this The sinful woman cared that the usual common marks of respect were not given to Jesus. Both were unable to pay. Typically, a great fuss was made over those invited. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. Consider how intimately the Lord knows you and what good can come from God revealing the depths of your own heart to you? 45 You gave Me no kiss, but she from the moment I came in has not ceased [intermittently] to kiss My feet tenderly and caressingly. He is good to his Word. I came into your house, you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has Commentator C. Marvin Pate writes, Jesus then confirmed to the woman that her sins were forgiven. It emphasizes the magnitude of how we should view our need –and adjust our “score” on that imaginary debt scale. Question 3) Why do you think the sinful woman came to the Pharisee’s house? What is the significance of the question, "Which of them will love Him more?" His opinion of himself made him blind to any need of repentance. v. 39. If you speak highly of Jesus in public, others will take notice, and those who have a heart that can be moved, will wonder, and move toward God. Every one of us has a debt of sin that we have incurred. The Parable of the Two Debtors. where the "imagination" gets involved. 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. shown me much love. Now having Simon’s attention and permission, Jesus told him a parable about two debtors. In depth inductive Bible study of Jesus' parable of the creditor and two debtors in Luke 7:41-44 are good for small groups. The imagination allows mental exploration of the past, The guests reclining (vs. 36) could signify that it was a banquet. The shoes of the day consisted of pieces of leather with straps that bound the sandal to the foot. APPLY this to your own life. And just in case Simon missed it, Jesus drove His point home in verse 47. "It's hard to understand, why not make it simpler? Whatever Simon's motivations were, the Lord accepted Simon's invitation. When that need is met through Jesus Christ, there is a bringing forth of certain emotions. This is what Jesus was about to do for Simon by telling him one short parable. Further Reflection: READ Matthew 23. The story is not about Simon having just a little sin in his life and only needing a little forgiveness; it's about Simon's lack of perception of his sin. The smell of the pungent anointing oil filled the room. God drew close to me as I abandoned my life into His hands and asked Him to come into my life and forgive my sin. 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 47“For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.” 49Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?” 50And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace” (Luke 7:39-50). “God, I work with compulsive liars. So, one person owed 50 day’s wages, while the other owed 500 day’s wages. 39Now 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.” 40And Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he replied, “Say it, Teacher.” 41“A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 60 Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he fell asleep. The Gospel of Luke: The Daily Study Bible. She was seen as a person with an infectious disease. Visit our inductive Bible study main page for more topical or book by book studies. See that statement in the two debtors parable - "Jesus answered his thoughts". Read Luke 7:43-47. Those who are spiritually proud think that others should share their disdain for sinners. The woman who was wiping Jesus’ feet with her hair had been forgiven much. I wasn't aware of the burden of sin that I was carrying; I was so used to it. How does this reflect who Jesus’ gift of forgiveness is offered to? He wasn't interested. Luke 7:44; II Corinthians 7:9-10; Hebrews 11:6; I Peter 1:6-9. But this parable really isn’t about how much one has sinned, it’s about recognizing that you are the sinner, the one who owes a debt you can’t repay. The rules of Oriental hospitality allowed anyone to come and go while the meal was been served and enjoyed. Yet - she found forgiveness. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Used by permission. The setting of the Parable of the Two Debtors is the house of Simon, a Pharisee, who had invited Jesus to eat with him. Simon also shows Jesus no warmth or concern when He arrives at his house; in that day's culture, a polite kiss was appropriate in greeting. All three people knew the woman had many sins, but Jesus' declaration that her sins were forgiven—in contrast to Simon's condemnation—conveys great love. Welcome to our parable this week.

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