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Luke Chapter 7 (Part 2)

Jesus, the sinful woman and Simon the Pharisee

Read Luke 7:36-50

Verses 41-43—What provoked Jesus to tell this story? Jesus could read Simon's thoughts, which went something like this: "Why would Jesus let such a sinner touch Him?"

Notice the contrast between Simon and the woman.

How they viewed themselves—Simon was self-righteous, the woman realized she needed forgiveness

How they treated Jesus

What was the normal custom?

  1. ​ To provide water for your guests' feet
    Simon did not do this for Jesus.​
    The woman did—with her tears.

  2. To provide anointing oil.​
    Simon did not do this.​
    The woman did—she perfumed His feet.
    Note: Simon had wealth. The woman did not.​

  3. To greet with a kiss (on the cheek).​
    Simon did not do this​.
    The woman did—she kissed His feet.​

The woman loved because she was forgiven. Her faith brought her salvation. Her faith caused her to respond in love.

(Source: The Bible Knowledge Commentary, New Testament, John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck, general editors, Published by David C. Cook, 1983 p. 223-224)

Faith is what is needed to receive healing, forgiveness, and salvation.

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