Wednesday Devo

Scripture Reading:

Luke 7:41-47
41 Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver to one and 50 pieces to the other. 42 But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?”
43 Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.”
“That’s right,” Jesus said. 44 Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume.
47 “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible:

7:41 five hundred denarii. Equivalent to about 20 months’ wages. Fifty denarii is about two months’ wages.
7:42 cancelled the debt. For the analogy of sin with debt, cf. 11:4; Matt. 6:12; 18:21–35.
7:43–46 Simon’s answer (The one [who owed] the larger debt) leads to the comparison of Simon’s lack of hospitality (no water for my feet … no kiss … did not anoint my head with oil; cf. Ps. 23:5; 141:5) with the greater love of the woman (washing his feet with her tears, continually kissing his feet, and anointing them with expensive ointment).
7:47 For she loved much refers not to the cause of the woman’s forgiveness but the result of it.

Study Questions:

  • In the parable Jesus gave, we are the one with the larger debt. But when we are faithful to attend church and read our Bible and check off all the spiritual boxes, we can tend to slide into a kind of self-righteous thinking like we are "good" people. But the truth is, we owe a debt that could never be repaid. Because of our sin, we have infinitely offended an infinitely holy and righteous God. We have sinned much! But because of God's love for us and our faith in Jesus, our sins were forgiven. Which way of thinking describes you most of the time? How often are you consciously aware of how sinful you are before a holy God?

  •  One of our main problems in this area is that we fail to realize that Jesus didn't die for us to simply give us a better life. He died so we could go from death to life. He literally saved our lives, saved us from an eternal death. How should remembering these truths affect the way we look at others? How might it change our level of passion for serving the one who saved us? How do we keep this truth in front of us on a daily basis?

Pray: 

  • That you would remember how holy God is.
  • That you would live your life in light of the truth of the Gospel.

This Week's City 7: 

Try to commit to memory!

1. Who is Jesus? I believe Jesus is God because Jesus said He is God and proved it by rising from the dead and appearing to His disciples, His brother James, 500 others at one time and Paul.
(Mark 3:21; John 8:58, 10:30-33, 14:9-11; Acts 9:1-6; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:2-3; James 1:1)

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