Scripture: Luke 7:36-50
I. Simon the Pharisee vs. the sinful woman
A. Simon’s attitude toward the Lord (Matthew 16:14; Luke 7:39)
B. Simon’s attitude toward the woman (Luke 7:39, 47)
C. The woman’s need (Luke 7:38; 18:13)
II. The parable
A. Despite their inability to pay, both were forgiven (Luke 7:41-43)
B. God’s love for us (1 John 4:19; John 3:16)
C. Our love for God (John 14:15)
III. When God forgives, He forgives completely and eternally
A. Gone, never to be remembered (Luke 7:48; Psalm 103:11-12; Psalm 32:1)
B. No matter how big your sin is (Acts 2:36-41)
C. Contrast Simon’s unrecognized sin (1 John 1:8-10) and the woman’s “many” sins (Luke 7:39, 47)
Day 7/260: Read Luke 7
Jesus attracted a wide variety of acquaintances. There were some who wanted to learn from Him, understanding His power to transform their lives. Others were looking for reasons to reject Him and mock Him. We see both at Simon the Pharisee’s house.
A woman attended the feast, a known sinner, and she boldly anointed the Savior’s feet with extravagant oil. Simon self-righteously criticized Jesus for allowing the woman to even be in His presence, not realizing his own great need for forgiveness.
Jesus told a parable about mercy, teaching that those who are forgiven much will be more grateful than those who are forgiven little. Simon did not acknowledge his need for grace, but the woman understood who she was and who Jesus was.
Do we see ourselves as Simon, or as the sinner? We must recognize our great need for God’s forgiveness. It matters not who we are, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Do we have the faith of the sinful woman to humbly submit to the Savior? To show our love through obedience and daily service to Him?
Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)
Luke 6:45. “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and en evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
Pray for the humility to see your shortcomings and for opportunities to overcome them through faithful action.