Jesus showed compassion towards the woman by deflecting the attention off of her and putting it on Simon. Luke is even better at drama than Michael Landon. Don’t you love the Lord’s teaching style? It still amazes me that when I sin and fail my obedience and repentance brings forgiveness! Simon did not offer Jesus perfumed oil to put on his head. Oh, how I praise God for your gift of putting us in the story. She did not have a towel but she used her long hair to dry Jesus’ feet. I am redeemed by the one who declared, ” It is finished!” Hallelujah ! I think that’s why her story is a favorite for so many of us. People reclined on cushions around low tables so sometimes you sat very close to people’s feet. I had a vision of the Father calling to me…telling me to come and rest in His arms. Simon was a Pharisee who invited Jesus to come to his house for a meal. 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. He was not only disgusted with this “social outcast, devoted to sin” (AMP), he was also unimpressed with Jesus. Verse 49 tells us that there were other guests besides Jesus. "Word by Word with Liz Curtis Higgs" is a 26-minute podcast exploring women of the Bible. The sinful woman did not come to see Simon. Faith–believing that what God says is true. Except Jesus. Only God can forgive sin. He didn’t see her as a person, nor had he “noticed” (CEV) her acts of worship for what they were. He did this because he loves me. Ms Liz! Little wonder. I often wonder how He could love me so much and forgive me so much everyday. Waving the flag of freedom with you, dear Emily! 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. I was sexually abused by my brother. But Simon had not invited her. Wendy, your real-life description of grace in action brings tears to my eyes. —- WHAT ia the Name of this ‘Perfumed Ointment’ ? This made it even more disgraceful in Simon’s eyes. top. It seems her heart was tender and she wanted to leave the sinful life she had been living. If you could imagine with me for a minute what it must have been like when Jesus entered a room. The legs and feet would be faced toward the outside so that people could sit close together without feet being in the way or near the food. Jesus shows that the faith of a “sinful woman” is respected by God more than the lukewarm faith of religious people. Wow, Shellynne. Pharisees were religious men who liked to obey lots of rules. (How to choose the best learning activities for my teaching situation), Click here for “Sinful Woman” in letter size paper (USA), Colouring page and worksheets (Calvary Curriculum), Colouring page from, A number of activities for teaching children about forgiveness (with printables) at, How to make home-made perfume (will keep up to a month). He welcomed her touch. Only thing is I’m not married or have children. This anointing, though, was done in a different time and place, and performed by a very different woman. I am not saved by works…what I do or do not do. 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. Too good to need forgiveness? Before copying or reproducing any portion of this website please carefully read the Mission Bible Class Copyrights and Permissions Page. The world’s oldest profession hardly requires a job description. Then I found your Bad Women Series and website. Simon did not give Jesus water to wash his feet with. Then she reached for her alabaster box, “and poured perfume” (Luke 7:38) on his feet—the same perfume she wore to advertise her services. You know she must have been mortified. Now that’s a freeing gift! What she really poured all over his feet was love. There was (and still is) an idol in my life and that is Romance. Trying to teach my grandchildren about Our Lord and His Forgiveness has taught me so much more on this very thing. All are forgiven? IN ONE OF the cities of Galilee where Jesus was teaching the people a Pharisee named Simon came to hear him. THE SINFUL WOMEN OF HÖLLFALL is a short film based on an Austrian legend about maids and monsters that we ourselves create, out of guilt and guilt feelings that oppress us at night, and about the freedom of love. Click here for visual aids and story-telling methods. Spread a thin layer of the paint on the soles of children’s feet and print footprint pictures. So glad you are finding comfort and encouragement here, Rebecca, and I PRAISE GOD for being free from hate! As a young adult I searched for love in all the wrong places, even though I was saved an knew His love was enough. People always washed their hands and their feet before they ate. Many of the Pharisees Jesus met were hypocrites in the way they obeyed the religious laws (Luke 7:30). After a while, the lender told the men that they did not have to pay him back. They thought all the rules were more important than God. As you do this talk about how people used to walk outside wearing sandals. I ask Him to be patient with me and to hold my hand so I can draw closer through the temptation of life every single day. A sinful woman had an encounter with Jesus that changed her life forever. Sometimes I get far away from God again. Peace? When Jesus arrived at Simon’s house Simon did not give him a kiss. Let’s find out what happened. This arrangement made it possible for the woman to come up behind Jesus and wash his feet while he continued to eat. Try to picture the woman who had the alabaster box. Im still a little nervous about being a mother of 2, but in googling and finding your blogs in the past couple of days has helped me so much especially this one. He loved me so much that He came here Holy, Sinless, being God Himself, and chose, chose again I say to take upon Himself each sin I have commited in the past, what I have sinned today and what I will sin tomorrow! 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. 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. I always hurried ahead of God, never seeking His guidance in choosing a husband. Perhaps she felt the same. 7. Forgiven. A lot of them could have resulted in my & or others harm, but did not in any physical way. That I am seen through the righteousness of Christ by a loving God…and nothing ….NOTHING can separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Chapter 10: I Beg Your Pardon Jesus is holding you close in his embrace! I continue to make mistakes and fall down. How can we know, as surely as this woman did, that our sins are forgiven? Read Luke 7:36-50 – the woman that anoints Jesus with perfume. Then I would either give you water to wash your feet, ask a servant to do it, or if you were an important guest, I might even wash your feet for you. You know the Ruth and Mary I thought I had to be to be acceptable in God’s eyes…were always out of reach for me. Precious Liz….on my face (if I could) before our Holy God…knowing that we are holy in His sight because of Jesus, His blood sacrifice. I, then, abused right back. To be 27, unmarried and pregnant with my second child, I was sure that I have fallen completely short of his glory, mercy and grace and that there would be no way possible that he could and would accept me again. One day when on the train coming home from babysitting I was raped and figured this is my punishment. Jon Daniels. In comparison, Jesus told Simon, “He who is forgiven little, loves little” (ESV). Tears of sorrow for my sins. Grateful for both! Oh how he loves you! Forgiven. Too right, Simon. It IS hard to grasp, Chelsea. And do take a quick look at The Sinful Woman’s amber Pinterest board. This is another powerful lesson on the power of God to forgive. Love, love, love, love. What woman doesn’t need more of that in her life? Jesus knew the man’s thoughts, and so responded with a story about two men in debt to a moneylender. My father physically, emotionally, and mentally abused me. 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, List of all Bible stories and themes on this website. I know beyond a shadow of doubt that Jesus covered & protected me. You are so right, Margaret. He only thought these things to himself. Based upon the Law of God, this woman had committed a sin that required the death sentence. I am FORGIVEN. Activities: Check the Teaching Ideas page on this website for ideas that are adaptable to any lesson. God is faithful beyond imagining or explaining. I am still here. This story can be told using a variety of methods. Sometimes we read a story, but don’t really ‘see’ the story. The pharisaical host turned up his nose and judged Christ unlikely to be a prophet since he was allowing this sinful woman to touch him. What is important to him? Her sins weren’t listed in detail because they didn’t need to be. “Whom the Son sets free, is truly free indeed”, and I’m totally free! Make no mistake, she was “an especially wicked sinner” (AMP), “an immoral woman” (NLT). Perfumed ointment would have usually been put on the head but she quietly and humbly anointed his feet instead. Her tears, her hair, her kisses, her perfume. Jesus reclined on the cushion anyway. (Thai) ใครเป็นผู้สร้าง Who is the Creator? How refreshing! “Saved By Faith!” Sunday School Lesson, Luke 7:36-50 | Word For Life Says . Jesus knew that he must love people. All of us should be on our faces before him. Thanks to liz also for her generous gift of this blog. 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