Scandalous Women of the Bible | Day Nine
By: Brittany Green
Reputations are hard to live down. We tend to make judgments on people that stick. Unfortunately, I can remember some nicknames or jokes about classmates from elementary school that stuck with them through high school. It shaped our grades' view of them even if we didn't make the joke or comment.
Reputations can put unnecessary labels and pressure on people - with both good and bad judgments.
Today's scandalous woman had a reputation that preceded her. She was known around town for being scandalous. They labeled her "a sinner". And yet she comes to Jesus with her mess, offers him all she had, and walks away changed.
Let's check her out. Read Luke 7:36-50.
What stood out to you in this passage?
Write down as many observations about this situation as you can.
What did you learn about Jesus' character from his interaction with the woman?
Did anything stand out to you from the parable Jesus told?
How did Jesus treat Simon, the Pharisee?
This woman came to Jesus knowing how her reputation would be perceived. Yet, she came and anointed his head and washed his feet--a very humbling thing to do, but also very honoring to Jesus. Jesus told her that her faith saved her, not her actions.
Actions follow faith and heart change.
It takes great faith to go to Jesus with our mess. Do you ever feel like you have to have everything together before approaching God?
Let me reassure you that God is with you in the midst of your mess. He makes beautiful things out of our scandal and mess.
There were two types of people in the room with Jesus - the woman and the Pharisee. The Pharisee claimed to have everything together while actually struggling on the inside because of the walls he had put up to maintain his reputation. The woman knew her reputation and came open-handed to Jesus.
Which one are you?
How can you let your reputation rest on Jesus and what He did for you in the cross?
Take some time to think and pray through who you are in Christ and how you can better live that out.