Summary: Parable of the 2 Debtors--Good theme for NASCAR or INDY race weekends. One was forgiven 50 denarii and the other 500. Jesus uses this to aid our understanding of sin and forgiveness. Link included to formatted text, audio, and ’Race Style’ PowerPoint Temp

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The Jerusalem 500

Luke 7:41-43

The Indy 500 was this afternoon [5-27-07], but the biggest race of our life should be the race to the place of forgiveness to be saved! Make no pit stops at good works, baptism, or communion…just trust completely in Jesus’ finished work on Calvary. Don’t go in circles, like Israel making laps around Mt. Sinai. Just go straight to Christ, the starter and finish line of our faith!

It matters not if you’ve done 50 sins or 500…we all must fall in line behind the pace car and get saved the same way…and maybe you’ll have the privilege of being forgiven for more than I have! [if you believe I’m innocent then I’ll bet you’re the type to pay $4.50 for a soda as you watch tonite’s race!]

1. Do you appreciate what Jesus has done for you? Does your service

and devotion to Jesus demonstrate the true extent of your


a. If you are slack in your service, what does that indicate?

b. If you wish you could be more diligent in your service, what

would help to motivate you?

2. Answers to these questions are found in a parable and its setting

that Jesus told on an occasion where He was invited to eat at the

house of a Pharisee - Lk 7:36-50

[As we continue our series on "The Parables Of Jesus", let’s examine

the setting and parable itself that has become to be known as the

parable of "The Two Debtors"...]



1. Jesus accepts an invitation to eat at a Pharisee’s house

- Lk 7:36

2. A woman "who was a sinner" (perhaps a prostitute) comes in...

a. She brings an alabaster flask of fragrant oil - Lk 7:37

b. She first stands behind Jesus, weeping - Lk 7:38a

c. She then washes His feet with her tears, and wipes them

with her hair - Lk 7:38b

d. Finally, she kisses His feet and anoints them with the

fragrant oil - Lk 7:38c

3. The host wonders whether Jesus could truly be a prophet, for

if so He would know what kind of woman she was - Lk 7:39

4. Knowing what is in the Pharisee’s heart, Jesus offers to say

something - Lk 7:40


1. A creditor had two debtors - Lk 7:41

a. One owed five hundred denarii

b. The other owed fifty denarii (a denarius was equivalent to

a day’s wage)

2. The debtors could not repay, yet the creditor forgave them

both - Lk 7:42a


1. He challenges Simon (the Pharisee) with a question - Lk 7:42b


a. "Which of them (the debtors) will love him (the creditor)


b. Simon’s response: "I suppose the one whom he forgave more"

1) Does "I suppose" suggest a reluctance to respond on

Simon’s part?

2) Could it be he has already begun to see the point of the


c. Jesus replies that Simon has properly judged the correct


2. Jesus then makes the contrast between Simon and the woman - Lk


a. Simon gave Him no water for His feet, but she washed them

with her tears and dried them with her hair

b. Simon gave Him no kiss, but she has not ceased to kiss His


c. Simon did not anoint His head with oil, but she anointed

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