Bible Study Lesson – February 3, 2021 ~ 7:30 pm
Lesson 3: The Two Debtors (Luke 7:36-50)
- What prompted Jesus to offer this parable?
- In Jesus’ parable, what is sin like (What is it analogous to)?
- How does a person’s perception of their own sinfulness affect their ability to love others?
- What does the woman do that makes her different from Simon and what do her actions show?
The Parable of the Two Debtors was only captured by Luke. This story is similar to Jesus being anointed by another woman near the end of his ministry (Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:1-11; and John 12:1-10). The similarities are:
- Jesus was anointed by a woman.
- The woman anointed Him with expensive perfume.
- The anointing takes place at the house of a man named Simon.
The anointing in Bethany differs from this parable because:
- It occurs at Simon the Leper’s house, not Simon the Pharisee.
- The woman at Bethany is not identified as sinful and appears to be Mary, the sister of Lazarus.
- The anointing at Bethany prefigured Jesus’ burial.
- The disciples criticized the woman in Bethany over the value of the “wasted” perfume.
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