Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Luke-Woe, woe, woe

Luke 11:42  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.  

Woe, an expression of grief, regret or distress. Woe unto you Pharisees, Jewish religious leaders who observed their own traditions and also the law of God. You tythe, giving ten percent of your increase even of herbs, that is fine; but ignore the weightier matters of God's law: judgment, knowing right from wrong and the love of God, which is your supreme duty and command.

Luke 11:43  Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.  

They loved the praise of people more than of God. They strutted around as peacocks, thinking they were above others, loving the power over them and their own advantage. Shepherd, do you fleece the flock? Are you using your position to Lord it over others and to gain wealth? Woe unto you, you must give an accounting to God.  

 John 12:43  For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Luke 11:44  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.  

 Inwardly they were as dead men. Outwardly they appeared as regal men of God.  

Mat 23:27  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
Mat 23:28  Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.  

Jesus was not intimidated by His accusers. He let them know what God thought of them, for he was the Son of God.

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