Two young women, a forbidden love and a sense of guilt that visits them in the shape of a monster. She knew that Jesus could forgive her of her sins. What if you are not really sorry? top. But whenever I finally get to the end of my rope, I find God waiting there and know that, somehow, it’s going to be ok in the end. Learn from their example. Simon did not give Jesus water to wash his feet with. His eyes always see me who He created me to be! Wash the children’s feet. Simon did not offer Jesus perfumed oil to put on his head. Whatever her plans, they flew out the window the moment she saw him. 37. Despite growing up in a loving , Christian home, my wild, rebellious heart guided my choices in my youth. But Jesus missed nothing. Her tears, her hair, her kisses, her perfume. Perhaps she felt the same. Why do you think she was there? We all need fellowship and encouragement. WOW. The sinful woman did not come to see Simon. Jesus showed his deity by forgiving the woman. Her sins weren’t listed in detail because they didn’t need to be. Francis. Yes. A Pharisee, A Sinful Woman, and the Savior Luke 7:36-50 The Pharisee was surprised when he saw that Jesus allowed a sinful woman to weep at his feet and to anoint them with sweet perfume. Not Mary of Bethany, and certainly not Mary Magdalene, who has yet to be introduced in Luke’s gospel and who was never called a prostitute anywhere in Scripture. The Lord affirmed the man’s answer, then turned toward our repentant Bad Girl, even as he continued speaking to Simon. No man, no lust, no sex, NOTHING…. Not just once in shy affection, but “over and over again” (GW) with an abundance born of passion. Tears of gratitude for his goodness. Please note – while anal sex between a husband and his wife might not be sinful, that does not mean we endorse it. He sees our hearts, our emptiness, our pain and our despair. YES, he covers us still! Then in the next chapter, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). I have since purchased “Really Bad Girls” and “The Girls Still Got It”… I just had to reach out to you somehow to let you know that this little black girl in kMemphis Tn who is stretching and pressing towards the mark has found in you a BEAUTIFUL, RELEVANT, TIMELY AND REAL sista who is MOST DEFINITELY on the battlefield for the Lord! On so many chapters I’ve wanted to just say “ditto” (smile). Verse 49 tells us that there were other guests besides Jesus. List of all Bible stories and themes on this website. People always washed their hands and their feet before they ate. Try to picture the woman who had the alabaster box. This box was the most valuable thing that she had and she gave it all away. Encourage students to write their sins on the cross. Not only that, they obeyed all the rules that other religious people made up. Questions: 1. It IS hard to grasp, Chelsea. Does He still do this today? If I invited you to my house to eat, the very first thing I would do is give you a kiss on the cheek. Make no mistake, she was “an especially wicked sinner” (AMP), “an immoral woman” (NLT). Simon was a Pharisee who invited Jesus to come to his house for a meal. He has plans for me. “Whom the Son sets free, is truly free indeed”, and I’m totally free! It’s genuine, true, a finished work. Everyone knew that this was a sinful woman. I was never good enough… Would never be good enough….but through the pain and despair I experienced I came to a point where He showed me that I am ok….just as I am. Love, love, love, love. Still, the death sentence for this woman was a Commandment of God that had to be carried out, and not even Jesus could break the Commandments. We just need to remember, Erin-I just listened to this testimony by Kasey Van Norman, I don’t think it’s an accident that it popped into my mind when I read your comment. I abandoned my faith for a very long time but eventually found my way back into a faith community and into a Bible study. Simon did not do any of those things for Jesus even though he had invited Jesus to be his guest. I know He has forgiven me, because my heart, head, spirit and soul told me He did. I have often and recently been one of those Really Bad Girls who looks for love in all the wrong places and with the wrong people. God is faithful beyond imagining or explaining. Jesus knew that he must love people. During the meal a sinful woman came into Simon’s house and washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. To hear again, and again that I was forgiven. Talk about how we all need forgiveness and that God (and Jesus) can forgive us because Jesus died on the cross. This is my favorite part. A sinful woman. Remind the children that this woman was known as a ‘sinful’ woman…. Wow…. He met her gaze. It was not enough to strictly obey the Old Testament Law. Would love to be part of a network that facilitates teaching if young ones in the word. Based upon the Law of God, this woman had committed a sin that required the death sentence. The woman had probably heard Jesus preaching before. Additionally, Jesus tells us that Simon judges rightly when he says that the person who is forgiven more will love more. So well said, Robin. No condemnation that he forgave me and the only thing that was holding me back was forgiving myself. I had to write and say “THANK YOUUUUUUUUUU” for Bad Girls in the Bible. All he seemed to care about was the scandal taking place. Our Former Bad Girl understood that, which is why Jesus told her straight out, “Your sins are forgiven” (Luke 7:48). Common courtesies of the day would have dictated that Simon offer Jesus water to wash his feet. Sinful Woman Forgiven O ur study follows Jesus’ difficult encounter with John the Baptist’s two disciples and His explanation to the crowd about the identity and ministry of John the Baptist. “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:9. Read Luke 7:36-50 – the woman that anoints Jesus with perfume. Sorry for the long post, just full of His Grace, Forgiveness and Love that I can’t be quiet sometimes! Your privacy is vital to me. I always believed in God but I was never sure that God believed in me. A sinful woman had an encounter with Jesus that changed her life forever. Faith–believing that what God says is true. Talk about dusty or muddy streets where animals walked. It would have been unheard of for a woman to touch a Pharisee. I never share your info with anyone, and you can unsubscribe any time. This story is one of my favorites and means a lot to me. You know she must have been mortified. She did not have a towel but she used her long hair to dry Jesus’ feet. They thought all the rules were more important than God. Luke 7:36-50 – Jesus Pronounces a Woman’s Forgiveness Summary While dining at the home of a Pharisee, Jesus is met by a woman who bathes his feet with her tears and dries them with her hair. I helped put those nails in His Hands and Feet but He still forgave me! He didn’t see her as a person, nor had he “noticed” (CEV) her acts of worship for what they were. You are so right, Margaret. He decided to tell Simon a story. He thought to himself, “How dare this woman come into my house! Thanks Again […] http://lizcurtishiggs.com/2013/11/bad-girls-of-the-bible-the-sinful-woman/ […]. In front of this important man and other important guests Jesus shows this woman that she was important because of her repentant heart. 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And I am cheering you on every step of the way, Becky! A sinful woman forgiven… me too :). I know my sins are forgiven every time I look upon the cross with Our Lord hanging there with love and forgiveness for our sins. Praying for you~. Pharisees were religious men who liked to obey lots of rules. How dare Jesus let her touch him, much less wash his feet? Site by Author Media, How to Use the Women of Christmas as a Bible Study. He welcomed her touch. (How to choose the best learning activities for my teaching situation) The story of the woman who washed the feet of Jesus with her tears and her hair is one of the most moving accounts in the New Testament. One borrowed 500 denarii and the other fifty denarii (denarii is a kind of money). I could never seem to please my dad and somehow that translated in my mind into a belief that I couldn’t please my Heavenly Father either. IN ONE OF the cities of Galilee where Jesus was teaching the people a Pharisee named Simon came to hear him. This is beautifully stated, Linda: “His eyes always see me who He created me to be!” YES. But I am forgiven. All her sins? I see you.”, I can know I am forgiven because God’s Word says He would love the lender the most.”. Or you might gather with several women for a Bible study: Thank you for the powerful message. I can still remember scenes from “Bonanza” and “Little House on the Prairie” which nearly brought tears to my dry, masculine, eyes. The sinful woman in this story answered the Lord’s call for faith while the self-righteous Pharisee failed to see his need of it. There He Goes- Jesus on a Donkey Song, Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock Song. He just wrapped His arms around me and said that now I was His. When Jesus asked Simon, “Which of them will love him more?” (Luke 7:42), the Pharisee had no choice but to confess, “I suppose the one he forgave more” (Luke 7:43 HCSB). When Jesus said to Simon, “Do you see this woman?” I sense him looking across the centuries at all of us, and saying, “I see you, my daughter. Sometimes I get far away from God again. Forgiven. Later in the story we find that Simon did not treat Jesus as an honoured guest (verses 44-47). Need more? What is your opinion of the Pharisee, the host in the story? Did she intend to give the Lord this “flask of ointment” (AMP), this “jar of fragrant oil” (HCSB)? But that’s not so. She knew Simon would not help her. Thanks to liz also for her generous gift of this blog. Sing songs from the church songbook about forgiveness. What is … What is his opinion of the sinful woman? Simon, Who washed Jesus’ feet at Simon, the Pharisee’s house? Internally, when passages are read like the one above, Christians either pass it off as “one of those outdated parts of Scripture” and go on wearing what they want, or they just ignore 1 Timothy 2:9-10 and feel guilty about it. What woman doesn’t need more of that in her life? Each teacher is unique so only use the illustrations that best relate to the way YOU are telling the story in THIS lesson. It IS heartening to know we’re not alone in our feelings and experiences. I am FORGIVEN. She was so sorry for her sins that she began to cry. Here’s the story: Simon, a Pharisee, invited Jesus to a large public dinner. I find your website very useful. I’m glad you are finding the resources useful. God’s Word declares that truth, again and again, like a shower of kisses: “Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered” (Romans 4:7). Simon invited Jesus to his house to eat. Thank you Jesus. (which we are suppose to do anyhow) I know for me, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, forgave me, continues to forgive me on a daily basis simply because He loved me first, before I ever loved Him. wants me to use as of these situations to help other girls/ women going through similar situations. Simon, “The man who owed the most money would be the happiest. Jesus knew the man’s thoughts, and so responded with a story about two men in debt to a moneylender. The sinful woman’s approach was through a true hunger and thirst for forgiveness. When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table. “Simon,” Jesus said, “once two men borrowed money. He saw her sordid past, her humble present, and her glorious future. Then I found your Bad Women Series and website. When the “grands” as I call them disobey or sin in any way and tell me they are sorry and will I forgive them, my first response is, “What does Jesus say?” Even the youngest says, “if we really are sorry, He forgives us our sin and throws it into the deepest part of the ocean, never to be remembered again!” Then washes us clean so we can start again! In today’s story Jesus was invited to someone’s house for a meal. It was a display of enormous gratitude and love that could not be hidden and was not concerned with what others thought. Liz, I am so grateful for your ministry to so many women. I was sexually abused by my brother. Lower Austria in the 18th century. It doesn’t get better than that! Why? Praise His Holy Name, He is faithful to forgive each and every shortcoming, sin nature and thought! Back to the Bible I go, learning to trust that God’s Love for me surpasses any romance. I’m not sure where you are located but I hope you can get together with teachers from other churches in your area. So glad you are finding comfort and encouragement here, Rebecca, and I PRAISE GOD for being free from hate! In the style of the day, the Lord reclined at a low table, propping himself up on his left elbow, eating with his right hand. GOD BLESS YOU!!! All are forgiven? How to Use the Women of Christmas as a Bible Study. Waving the flag of freedom with you, dear Emily! The other guests began murmuring among themselves, as Jesus offered the woman a final word of assurance: “Your faith has saved you; go in peace” (Luke 7:50). People reclined on cushions around low tables so sometimes you sat very close to people’s feet. Instead of sitting on the cushions it would have been common to recline. Jesus didn’t pull away, didn’t scold her, didn’t make her feel foolish. But in truth we fail miserably on our own, and so are wholly dependent on his forgiveness to give us a future and a hope. I am on my way to becoming a Former Bad Girl. Sign up here for my free, once-a-month Bible study post (short and sweet, with a lovely giveaway), and a once-in-a-blue-moon email, when I have exciting news to share. Jesus is holding you close in his embrace! When the men in the world (literally) failed me I substituted that to he failed me as well, during this pregnancy emotionally I struggled not knowing where to turn, what to do next and how to forgive myself. In the end Simon has to admit that the one who is released from the greatest of debts responds with the greatest love. her and forgave her. Why did the sinful woman wash Jesus’ feet? In my estimation Jesus’ story in verses 41-43 portrays the sinful woman and Simon the Pharisee as the two people who owe a debt that they can’t repay. Who knows what Pharisees were? Sweet Naomi, you take care of those knees! Two of John’s disciples had been sent to Jesus to discover if He was in fact … : an attractive woman who seduces someone. Pharisees were a legalistic group who often felt they were elite. And my mother just, well, I’m not didn’t stop it. Chelsea, it says in the Word that we are to forgive 7 times 7, endlessly forgive others. Enter into their story, he beckons. Yes, God is love and He sent His beloved Son to show love and forgiveness to all who would receive Him, once for all. This made it even more disgraceful in Simon’s eyes. Over and over I failed at staying faithful and consistent to him. Sometimes servants washed guests’ feet. Luke 7:36-50 : Jesus is Anointed by a Sinful Woman Study the Inner Meaning 36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. the sinful woman trusted that God can change her situation, God was her last hope beacuse people were judging her looking at what she has done but God doesnt not look at your past he wants us to come as we are, crying, stressed, hurt if we just surrender to him, we will have peace, Jesus is the Prince of peace, I could relate to these bad girls so well. Simon should have greeted his guest with a kiss and anointed his head with oil. In the first century people would not have sat at a table on chairs to eat a meal. Kindly take a moment to post your Comment below. Of all the secular experts, Michael Landon is, in my opinion, one of the most effective at creating drama on the television screen. Jesus read his mind. But I know because He is my Lord and Savior and that He sent His precious son to die for me that every day when I say and do things that hurt Him, He forgives. She knew that Jesus could forgive her of her sins. Talk about what it means to sin. Too good to need forgiveness? Too many illustrations can be confusing so eliminate any that cover other stories or details you do not wish to emphasise in this lesson. Christmas at the Farm: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib5UAzymZ1E&feature=youtu.be, http://lizcurtishiggs.com/category/bible-study-embrace-grace/, Bad Girls of the Bible: The Sinful Woman | Liz Curtis Higgs | Ventures In Faith, http://lizcurtishiggs.com/2013/11/bad-girls-of-the-bible-the-sinful-woman/. When she saw that Jesus’ feet had not been washed, she used her tears to wash his feet. It’s hard to believe that my sins are forgiven….especially when I keep on falling back into the same sins I repented of. Just what we need. Simon could not believe what he was seeing! You get the ball rolling and the commentators bring out thoughts that are so familiar to everyone reading. This story can be told using a variety of methods. Neither man could afford to pay back his loan, so the moneylender canceled their debts and “freely forgave them both” (Luke 7:42 AMP). Lessons learned from the woman with the alabaster box. She came alone, bearing a small alabaster vial of perfume. I am so thankful for the gift of His Spirit. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. One child can be Jesus, another Simon and someone can be the woman. In your heart, you are ever prostrate before him. Then “a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town” (Luke 7:37) showed up at Simon’s house. Luke 7:36-50. God’s grace is so amazing! Thanks Liz for an amazing study once again!! If a man lies with a woman and has an emission of semen, both of them shall bathe themselves in water and be unclean until the evening.” It seems to me that this passage suggests two manners a man may have an emission of semen. Watch our webcast, anytime! Too right, Simon. Thank you very much, for the perception you have shared. Don’t have a copy yet? Sometimes we read a story, but don’t really ‘see’ the story. Now you can go in peace.” What do you think happened after that? Instead, “she wiped them with the hair of her head” (NKJV). He used the rejection of classmates and dysfunction of family to try to keep me from coming to a point where I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that I am lovable. How can you know, as surely as this woman did, that your sins are forgiven? If he were a prophet… Clearly Simon was not convinced. I don’t even know who they were. UK Apologetics Reply: Okay, here is the Scripture: 36. In this comparison, her debt is much greater than Simon’s. If you could imagine with me for a minute what it must have been like when Jesus entered a room. Thanks be to God! The story that has filled our newsfeeds this past week about the Stanford woman who was dragged unconscious behind a dumpster and raped by a male student is frightening evidence that our branding of the “sinful woman” is as much a part of our culture as it was in Biblical times. As you do this talk about how people used to walk outside wearing sandals. Peace? Click here to download these illustrations and the slideshow. Don’t you love the Lord’s teaching style? Help the children to draw a cross on a piece of paper. Love your point about how Jesus treated this sinful woman. The sin of my thoughts has died, and I go to bury it." Here’s the best price I found online. 10:39, 42) and John (chs. All of us should be reduced to tears of gratitude. I hope you’ll find her visual story inspiring! A woman in that town who lived a sinful life ... Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman - When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at Menu Which of those men do you think loved the money lender the most? I am not saved by works…what I do or do not do. Pharisees talked so much about obeying rules that they forgot to think about God. Because her sinful lifestyle was common knowledge, people whispered about her, eyed her with disdain, avoided her company. While the Pharisee sees this as shocking behavior, Jesus explains that the woman is expressing loving gratitude in response to the forgiveness of her sins. Click here for visual aids and story-telling methods. This was something that was precious to her. Playing w/ 2 other children in his grandmother’s NC backyard when he wandered away by himself. Everyone knew that this was a sinful woman. “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.” Ephesians 1:7-8 When you have time, you might read through my blogs on EMBRACE GRACE: http://lizcurtishiggs.com/category/bible-study-embrace-grace/ I hope they will encourage you and ground your faith in God’s truth: you are forgiven! Your privacy is vital to me. Sound good? Until one day at church I gave it all back to him on the alter during prayer. Jon Daniels. The world’s oldest … But she couldn’t stop her tears—not when her heart was filled to overflowing. That is why we call it, “the fragrant oil of repentance”, because she offered repentance through her tears. Whether we say it or not, He sees our hearts! Perfumed ointment would have usually been put on the head but she quietly and humbly anointed his feet instead. But it’s so hard to forget. . 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