Text: Luke 11:37-52
To not become self-righteous
To accept God’s gracious correction
For all scholars of law
WE CANNOT FORGET that Jesus was close to the Pharisees. He himself took the study and living of Torah seriously, just as they did; he worshipped alongside Pharisees in synagogue and Temple; he often ate with them. Let us not layer our prejudices against “organized religion” onto the Lord!
That said, Jesus was often in conflict with member of the Pharisees, largely because Jesus was very critical of religious life that was concerned with its self-perpetuation and separation from life, especially life among regular people. The woes Jesus pronounces against the Pharisees and students of the Law call us, as his followers, away from self-regard; away from nitpicking while ignoring God’s desire for love, justice and mercy; and away from confusing people by the gap between our words and our deeds.
As we come to the end of the Church year and hear our Lord’s warnings, let us not be afraid, but, like a stiff, cool breeze, let his Word awaken us to both our need and our opportunity to share what we know and what we can do.
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks