Luke 7:36-50; Luke 8:1-3; Matthew 12:22-37; Mark 3:20-30

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READ and STUDY the WORD

A Sinful Woman Anoints Jesus’ Feet

Luke 7:36-50 (KJV) 36 And one of the Pharisees desired Him (Jesus) that He would eat with him. And He went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.  37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 38 And stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment.  39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden Him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if He were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth Him: for she is a sinner.  40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.  41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.  42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?  43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.  44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest Me no water for My feet: but she hath washed My feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.  45 Thou gavest Me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss My feet.  46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed My feet with ointment.  47 Wherefore I say unto thee, her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.  48 And He said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.  49 And they that sat at meat with Him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?  50 And He said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

Women Accompany Jesus And The Disciples

Luke 8:1-3 (KJV) And it came to pass afterward, that He (Jesus) went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with Him,  And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, and Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto Him of their substance.

Religious Leaders Accuse Jesus Of Being Under satan’s Power

Matthew 12:22-37 (KJV) 22 Then was brought unto Jesus one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and He healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.  23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?  24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.  25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 26 And if satan cast out satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?  27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.  28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.  29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.  30 He that is not with Me is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad.  31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.  32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.  33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.  34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.  35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.  36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Mark 3:20-30 (KJV) 20 And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.  21 And when His friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on Him: for they said, He is beside Himself.  22 And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth He out devils.  23 And He called them unto Him, and said unto them in parables, How can satan cast out satan?  24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.  26 And if satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.  27 No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.  28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: 29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.  30 Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.

1. Who invited Jesus to eat with him (Luke 7:36)? One of the Pharisees.

2. What did a woman who was a sinner do (Luke 7:37-38)?  She stood behind Jesus at His feet weeping.  As she wept, she washed His feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.  She kissed His feet and anointed them with ointment.

3. What did the Pharisee (Simon) think to himself (Luke 7:39)? He wondered if Jesus was a prophet wouldn’t He know who and what manner of woman was touching Him.

4. What did Jesus do (Luke 7:41-42)?  He told Simon, the Pharisee, a story about a creditor who had two debtors.  One owed him 500 pence and the other fifty.  The creditor forgave both their debts.  Then Jesus asked Simon which debtor would love the creditor most.

5. What did Simon say (Luke 7:43)? He supposed that it was the one who had been forgiven the most.

6. What did Jesus say to Simon concerning the woman’s behavior (Luke 7:44-46)? Jesus reminded Simon that though he had not offered Jesus water for His feet nor greeted Him with a kiss, nor anointed His head, this woman had washed Jesus’ feet with her tears, and wiped Jesus’ feet with her hair, and had not stopped kissing His feet.

7. What did Jesus say about the woman’s sins (Luke 7:47)?  Jesus said her sins, though they were many, were forgiven.

8. What did Jesus say to the woman (Luke 7:48, 50)? Jesus said her sins were forgiven.  And that her faith had saved her.  And for her to go in peace.

9. What did Jesus do throughout every city and village (Luke 8:1)? He preached and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.

10. What was the contribution of the women who traveled with Jesus and His disciples (Luke 8:3)? They helped with the expenses.

11. What does Jesus say when He is accused of casting out devils in Beelzebub’s name  (Matthew 12:26; Mark 3:23-26)? If satan drives out satan, he is divided against himself.  How then can his kingdom stand?

12. Of what will each of us have to give account on the day of judgment (Matthew 12:36; Mark 3:28-29)? Every careless word that we have spoken.

13. Why (Matthew 12:37)? For by our words we will be acquitted and by our words we will be condemned.

HEAR the WORD

Mark 3:28-29 KJV 28 Verily I (Jesus) say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: 29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.  

No matter how many times I read the above scripture I wasn’t hearing it.  That is, I wasn’t understanding it.  So, I included three other translations below.  

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder these translations of Mark 3:28-29 below. If you still don’t understand what is being said perhaps you could find addition translations to read.

Mark 3:28-29 World English Bible (WEB) 28 “Most certainly I (Jesus) tell you, all sins of the descendants of man will be forgiven, including their blasphemies with which they may blaspheme; 29 but whoever may blaspheme against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation.”

Mark 3:28-29 Amplified Bible (AMP) 28 “I (Jesus) assure you and most solemnly say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and all the abusive and blasphemous things they say; 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit and His power [by attributing the miracles done by Me to Satan] never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin [a sin which is unforgivable in this present age as well as in the age to come]”—

Mark 3:28-29 Living Bible (TLB) 28 “I (Jesus) solemnly declare that any sin of man can be forgiven, even blasphemy against Me; 29 but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit can never be forgiven. It is an eternal sin.”

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 12:36 (NIV) “But I (Jesus) tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.”

EASY MEMORIZATION DIRECTIONS

1. Copy a verse you want to memorize on three individual index cards.

2. Choose three places you frequently go to each day and place one of the memory cards in view.

3. Each time you find yourself near one of the memory cards read it aloud.

4. After a week of reading the memory cards you will most likely be able to recall the verse/s without reading them.

5. Try it for a week and find out.

LOVE AND LIVE the WORD

God’s Word is to be believed and lived out.  

TEACH AND SHARE the WORD

And God’s Word should be shared with others.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will continually show our love for You (Luke 7:44-46).  Thank You for forgiving us of our many sins (Luke 7:47).  Lord I pray we will preach and proclaim the good news of Your kingdom (Luke 8:1).  Lord, I pray we will be careful what we say (Matthew 12:36; Mark 3:28-29).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I be careful what we say.” <>< Dona