Tuesday Special: Woe to Pharisees and Scribes

pharisees2Luke 11: 33-36

33″No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness.35 Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness.36 If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”

My Take:

The text is from Verse 33-53. The initial paragraph highlights that we must remain pure in our own hearts -and that no deceit,subterfuge and pride must be part of it. Our good works will become futile if we fail here.

Jesus was invited to a dinner by a Pharisee -but failed to wash His hands before eating-thus risking physical contamination-and to the Pharisees-spiritual contamination. And here Jesus jeard their thoughts-and did He politely told them what He thinks? NO! He castigated them for these wrong perspective. In fact the Phjarisees felt insulted themselves.

The reaction of Jesus is commensurate to the importance of the issue-What is really important to Him-Internal motives and purity-or outward morality-without concern to those in need?

What are the activities that merits his warning-and even disapproval:

1. Washing of cups and dishes-instead of giving alms to the poor

2. Tithing spices and herbs-yet neglecting justice and the love of God

3. Having prominent seating location during dinner-instead of having a new life.

4. Burdening the people with endless rules-instead of using their knowledge to open the road to heaven. And killing the prophets who showed the way.

It is not easy to follow the Lord-His Word will be our guide-but we need constant renewal in Him to be able to do good in His sight.And that good is for Him to see-not for others to praise us for.

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