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Fall Bible Reading Plan Week 12: Luke 7:36-50

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In Luke 7 we see Jesus' full power and compassion on display! He heals a centurion's servant from afar with just his word. He raises a widow's son from the dead.

In answer to John the Baptist's question, "Are are you the one who is to come or should we look for another" verse 21-22 says 'in that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits and on many who were blind he bestowed sight.'

And he answered them, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up and the poor have good news preached to them!"And in verses 36-50 we read the amazing account of Simon the Pharisee who loved little and a sinful woman who lavishly, unashamedly worshipped Jesus. She loved Him much and was forgiven much by the only One who can forgive sins...God Himself.

Luke 7:36-50 (ESV)

36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and reclined at table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”

41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Questions (Luke 7:36-50)

  1. As we continue our Month of Gratitude as a church and celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday together with our families, let our hearts be filled with true worship and deep gratitude to our Savior for all he has done! May we be numbered with those who love Him much because we have been forgiven much!
  2. May it be said of us that we give thanks to the Lord forever; from generation to generation recounting His praise!

I'm reminded of the chorus we used to sing:

Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart,

Give Thanks to the Holy One, 

Give Thanks because He's given Jesus Christ His Son, Give Thanks!

Psalm 79:13 says:

 But we your people, the sheep of your pasture,

    will give thanks to you forever;

    from generation to generation we will recount your praise. 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!