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Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7; & Matthew 11


Of all the follow-up anecdotes to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, I want to zero in on the sinful woman (that sounds wrong…).  Specifically, I want to compare and suss out the differences between Luke 7:47 and 50.

7:47a | ‘”Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven – for she loved much…”‘

7:50 | ‘And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”‘

Does the ‘for she loved much,’ imply that her love (and/or her acts of love, including the anounting of Jesus’ feet) caused or earned her forgiveness?  Verse 50 would seem to say that it doesn’t.  Then what does that mean?

The ESV folks suggest that the verse, coming on the heels of the story about the debtors and the question in v.42 of which debtor would love their creditor more, implies that her much love comes as a result of her forgiveness, not as a cause.  The ‘for she loved much,’ would suggest, then, that her anointing came because she knew that Jesus came to forgive her sins. 

But the wording is still weird, and that seems to be reading a lot into her thought process.  Any thoughts?


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