The Response of the Forgiven
I. The Request of the Pharisee (36)
36) Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to dine with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.No one was excluded from the attention of Jesus.
- The house of Simon was a house of the rich.
- Simon was one of the Separated ones.
II. The Response of the repentant: (37-38)
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.
- The woman was reacting to a conviction which needed forgiven or from one which was recently forgiven.
- The woman was a bad woman. Likely a prostitute.
- She approached Jesus in spite of everything else around her. Nothing was going to get in her way.
- She came to Jesus in humility.
- She gave what was most valuable to her to Jesus to demonstrate the thankfulness of her forgiveness.
- Like all Jewish women, she wore a little phial (vial) of concentrated perfume; they were called Alabasters.
III. The Remark of the self-righteous (39)
39) 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.” Simon considered himself a better person than the repentant woman.
- Simon also considered his judgment, opinions, and behavior to be better than others. He expected others to (Jesus) to judge and act like him.
- Simon sensed no need for forgiveness or repentance.
IV. The Reactions illustrated (40-43)
40) And 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.
42) When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?”
43) Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.”
- Jesus wanted the undivided attention. That is he wanted everyone at the table to stop, look, and listen.
- From this point on Jesus is answering the thoughts of Simon.
- The point of the parable is to illustrate The Grace of God in freely forgiving sin.
V. The Redeeming work of Jesus. (44-50)
44) 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.
45) You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet.
46) You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume.
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.”
48) Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.” (Luke 7:36-48 NASB)
- Jesus deserved more than common courtesy
- Jesus is the One who had the power to forgive sin
- Jesus was the One whom the people needed to ask about
- Jesus is the One who did save the repentant.
What is remembered most from this passage?
That a woman shed tears on the feet of Jesus as she wiped His feet with her hair as she poured costly perfume onto his feet.
What do you suppose Jesus wants us to remember most from this passage?
That Jesus is the One who forgives sin and forgiveness is for the truly repentant.
What do you suppose we as a body of Jesus Christ should also take away from this passage?
That our self-righteousness can get in the way of our own forgiveness, the forgiveness of others and the work of God in the body of Christ.
My friends, the reason many churches do not flourish is because of the people who make up that local fellowship will not forgive one another.
Until Next Time