(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. Whatever her plans, they flew out the window the moment she saw him. I continue to make mistakes and fall down. Here’s the best price I found online. She knew that Jesus could forgive her of her sins. His word tells me it is done. Sweet Naomi, you take care of those knees! Remind the children that this woman was known as a ‘sinful’ woman…. I have been through so much in my life. This is beautifully stated, Linda: “His eyes always see me who He created me to be!” YES. They thought rules were more important than people too. Perfumed ointment would have usually been put on the head but she quietly and humbly anointed his feet instead. We were a dysfunctional family to say the least. Learn from their example. Then “a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town” (Luke 7:37) showed up at Simon’s house. Jesus reclined on the cushion anyway. […] http://lizcurtishiggs.com/2013/11/bad-girls-of-the-bible-the-sinful-woman/ […]. She did not speak her faith—no verbal confession, no sinner’s prayer was recorded here—but she certainly demonstrated her love for a God who forgives completely. Love that two-part response on the Lord’s part: He not only forgives (amazing as that is), he will also “purify us from all unrighteousness” (NIV) which leaves us righteous, meaning “in right standing” with God. Luke 7:36-50. What kind of person is he? All her sins? Be selective. Trying to teach my grandchildren about Our Lord and His Forgiveness has taught me so much more on this very thing. Would love to be part of a network that facilitates teaching if young ones in the word. What a joy it is to minister to my sisters in Christ! When I was young I was mostly verbally but also physically abused by my parents including my brother. She was so sorry for her sins that she began to cry. Questions: 1. Talk about what it means to sin. Lessons learned from the woman with the alabaster box. Thank you. They thought all the rules were more important than God. I think that’s why her story is a favorite for so many of us. Mix perfume, spice or vanilla extract in washable paint (like tempera paint). In Hebrews 8:12, He declares that He remembers our sins no more! But I’ve forgiven them. This arrangement made it possible for the woman to come up behind Jesus and wash his feet while he continued to eat. How can we know, as surely as this woman did, that our sins are forgiven? Two young women, a forbidden love and a sense of guilt that visits them in the shape of a monster. Spread a thin layer of the paint on the soles of children’s feet and print footprint pictures. Thanks for another great ‘story’ Liz! WOW. Kind of rocks us back on our heels. He quickly described all the ways she’d honored him—unlike Simon—then finished with this startling announcement: “Her sins, which are many, are forgiven” (Luke 7:47 ASV). A low table or mat would be placed on the floor and surrounded by low couches or cushions. —- WHAT ia the Name of this ‘Perfumed Ointment’ ? Or did she mean simply to anoint his head, a common gesture of respect? Far more personal, more humble, more sacrificial. Talk about how we all need forgiveness and that God (and Jesus) can forgive us because Jesus died on the cross. A lot of them could have resulted in my & or others harm, but did not in any physical way. Such a beautiful story…and you tell it best, Liz. Jesus met a Pharisee named Simon. Thank you for the powerful message. 10:39, 42) and John (chs. Except Jesus. Thanks to liz also for her generous gift of this blog. You are so right, Margaret. Always remain true to the facts found in the Bible but help children connect to its meaning by using drama, visual aids, voice inflection, student interaction and/or emotion. Your privacy is vital to me. Simon the Pharisee had seen enough. Can Jesus forgive us of any sin? He welcomed her touch. 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. What is … I helped put those nails in His Hands and Feet but He still forgave me! I closely relate to Erin and Wendy. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! This woman has kissed my feet and washed them. That is why we call it, “the fragrant oil of repentance”, because she offered repentance through her tears. Simon, Who washed Jesus’ feet at Simon, the Pharisee’s house? Neither are considered sinful. He saw her. Instead, “she wiped them with the hair of her head” (NKJV). The account of the anointing by the sinful woman illustrates further his liberation of those bound to sin and loosely parallels the account of the forgiveness of the paralytic (5:17-26). Then she put oil on them.”, Then he told the woman, “I forgive you of all of the sins you have done. I hope you’ll find her visual story inspiring! I remind myself that I am God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10). 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. She pressed her lips to his feet, “kissing them many times” (NCV). One borrowed 500 denarii and the other fifty denarii (denarii is a kind of money). It’s nice to know that you are not alone with the feelings the study brings to the surface. They obeyed all the rules in the Old Testament Law. I slept with every guy I could and anywhere. When I have continued to question & doubt, I have effectively been calling God a liar. In your heart, you are ever prostrate before him. Pouring or anointing Jesus with this perfumed ointment was a beautiful display of love and devotion for the 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. No man, no lust, no sex, NOTHING…. How refreshing! Thanks Again Over and over I failed at staying faithful and consistent to him. We see these two forms represented today. I imagine His knees may have been pretty painful also!! She was sorry for the bad things and she had done. If we adults can only accept Our Lord’s teachings with the simple faith of a child!!! 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 in this story answered the Lord’s call for faith while the self-righteous Pharisee failed to see his need of it. 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. Playing w/ 2 other children in his grandmother’s NC backyard when he wandered away by himself. But Jesus missed nothing. 25 Ways to Teach Children About the Resurrection of Jesus, Colouring Pages: Christian (Bible) Colouring Pages, Visual Aids: Free Christian Illustrations, Mission Bible Class Copyrights and Permissions Page, What was the name of the Pharisee who invited Jesus to his house to eat? Speechless, she drew closer, then “stood behind him at his feet weeping” (Luke 7:38). God who created me to be His very own masterpiece will never forsake me and His love is everlasting! Lower Austria in the 18th century. Oh, how I praise God for your gift of putting us in the story. A Holy God welcoming a well known unholy sinner’s touch. I, then, abused right back. 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. 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. Satan tried to use my sexual abuse that led to promiscuity to convince me that I would never fit in. 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/. I can hardly wait to turn to page one! If Jesus would have been concerned about his reputation like the Pharisees then he would not have allowed this woman to touch him. It IS heartening to know we’re not alone in our feelings and experiences. How to Use the Women of Christmas as a Bible Study. Here you’ll find my favorite photos, snippets from my books, interesting bits of Scottish history, tips for travelers, recommended Scottish books and music, and my wee blog. Despite growing up in a loving , Christian home, my wild, rebellious heart guided my choices in my youth. 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). “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! Why do you think she was there? 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. It was not enough to strictly obey the Old Testament Law. Let’s find out what happened. 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. Everyone knew that this was a sinful woman. Perhaps you’ve been there as well. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. We’ve called her silent adulation worship. 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. IN ONE OF the cities of Galilee where Jesus was teaching the people a Pharisee named Simon came to hear him. 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. Try to picture the woman who had the alabaster box. What hope that gives us! Her sins weren’t listed in detail because they didn’t need to be. I ran to Him and laid my head on His shoulder and knew, no matter what had happened or would happen in the future, I found my true home. 37. Too right, Simon. A Sinful Woman Forgiven. Watch our webcast, anytime! Jesus showed his deity by forgiving the woman. Are. page on this website for ideas that are adaptable to any lesson. God is faithful beyond imagining or explaining. Simon, “The man who owed the most money would be the happiest. In fact, it is our conviction that anal sex is wrong, even within the confines of marriage. He showed true concern and love towards this woman. When Jesus arrived at Simon’s house Simon did not give him a kiss. So glad you are finding comfort and encouragement here, Rebecca, and I PRAISE GOD for being free from hate! I often wonder how He could love me so much and forgive me so much everyday. Wendy, your real-life description of grace in action brings tears to my eyes. One owed a lot, one owed a little. In His Blessings, TJ. And also in thanks for Jesus forgiving her sins. 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Most of my life I felt inadequate, unlovable, and certainly not forgiven. 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 Just what we need. The sinful woman answered and said to him,(even) to Satan, after his speech: "Well hast thou said that I go to inter the dead, one that has died to me. The person that came in was not someone who liked to obey rules like Simon. This creates two discordant parallel gospel accounts and would mean … Common courtesies of the day would have dictated that Simon offer Jesus water to wash his feet. The love of Christ truly is beyond comprehension (Ephesians 3:18)! What is your opinion of the Pharisee, the host in the story? Thanks be to God! Simon did not show Jesus the simple gestures of hospitality common for that time including greeting him with a kiss and then washing his feet. Simon, the Pharisee, invited Jesus to come to his house for dinner. Need more? her and forgave her. This anointing, though, was done in a different time and place, and performed by a very different woman. She cried so hard that “her tears began to wet his feet “(Luke 7:38 CJB). Jesus read his mind. Thank you!!! Surely, she has not been invited. I learned too, that nothing fills the hole in our hearts. Chapter 10: I Beg Your Pardon I’m glad you are finding the resources useful. I have truly been touched by the story of the sinful woman. Make no mistake, she was “an especially wicked sinner” (AMP), “an immoral woman” (NLT). Make no mistake, she was “an especially wicked sinner” (AMP), “an immoral woman” (NLT). even though everyone was sinful, she was known for the things she had done. A sinful woman. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Yet God’s Word promises us over and over again that we are forgiven…over and over again! I’m glad to be a part of Liz’s study blog where I can relate in so many ways to the Bad Girls Of The Bible as well as all you who have contributed to it. Jesus must not be a true teacher.” But Simon did not say one word out loud. To be specific, she sold her body for money. 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. Too good to need forgiveness? Why do you think she was there? Didn’t Jesus know about following rules? But she couldn’t stop her tears—not when her heart was filled to overflowing. I hope to find more readings where you go in depth with things further in the bible since I want to know him so much more than I had before. Once I realized that the ultimate romance is God’s love for you, for me, for all his people, my desires changed rather dramatically. 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). Yes I have to be the most “incurable romantic”. When Mary of Bethany anointed Jesus on a later occasion, “the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume” (John 12:3). We don’t know her name, her age, or her history. 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, 8:12, he gladly received the baptism of her and putting it on Jesus feet the. Check your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by.... They did not say one Word out loud at first ( verse 39.... 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