July 25, 2022
37 And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat.
38 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner.
39 And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.
40 Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?
41 But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.
42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
43 Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.
44 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.
45 Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus saying thou reproachest us also.
46 And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.
47 Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.
48 Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres.
49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:
50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;
51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.
52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
53 And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things:
54 Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.
I just happen to love righteous indignation and our Lord gives us plenty of that in these verses. The Pharisees and the lawyers never saw it coming and opened the door, so to speak, for our Lord to ‘tell them a thing or two’.
There is a portion of (uninformed) people who see Jesus as some kind of hippy-dippy flower child like we saw so much of in the 1960s and ’70s and nothing could be further from the truth. Remember His actions at the Temple, when He cleared out the money changers and the folks making profit from the Jews in their devotions to God. That was no hippy, either – that was righteous indignation from the Son of God. Remember the story of the mote in the eyes of others and the big, honkin’ beams in our own eyes?
Jesus is, indeed our loving and constant Friend, but He’s nobody’s fool and we would do well to remember that. He knows what’s in our hearts as we act like little saints. It is only common sense that we check in with Him daily to make sure we are walking in His footsteps to the best of our ability. The last thing I ever want to hear is Jesus telling me ‘a thing or two’.
2 thoughts on “St. Luke 11: 37 – 54”
I often remind myself of the mote and the ‘big honking’ beam when I am feeling self righteous about something. I would however like to hear what Jesus had to say about the perversions taking place within our churches at the moment re women priests, homosexual marriage etc, I don’t think the proponents of such ideologies would want to hear what He said. Not at all.
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I suspect we all know what Jesus would say and it’s only self-delusion that there are those proponents of the things Jesus, and the Old Testament as well – speaks against. The thing is, there is the Judgement – for those who have tried to live in His ways, we will be forgiven much but for those who suppose to know better than Jesus, that judgement could have a very different look.