Bible Study

Because She Loved Much

September 22, 2017

In the Roman Empire women had little positions of power and it was no better for ladies who lived in Israel, at the time. So you can only imagine how people viewed women who lived on questionable advances that lowered their moral reputation. One day, after Jesus declared how there has never been a prophet like John the Baptist He is invited to dine with a Pharisee named Simon.

Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat.  And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.  Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”

Luke 7:36-40 NKJV

Here we see how the Pharisee was very familiar with the woman who wept at His feet. I can only imagine the crowd of people who wanted to see Jesus but this woman knew the house and the place where He was welcome. It doesn’t say they stopped her from coming inside. The only thing the Pharisee observed was the fact Jesus let a sinful woman touch Him.

And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”

So he said, “Teacher, say it.”

“There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”

Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”

And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in.  You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”

Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Luke 7:40-50

So we must believe what Jesus said…Those who are forgiven much, will love Him much! It’s not condoning sin, but it is celebrating the lives of those who were deep in sin and darkness, turning away from their old ways. Therefore, the great love of this woman is celebrated in the Body of Christ. It’s a beautiful scene of a woman who wasn’t ashamed of her love for the Messiah.

 

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