November 4th – The Table – Dinner & Woe! Luke 11:37 – 54
Luke 11:37-54 When Jesus had finished speaking, a Phariseeinvited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table. But the Pharisee was surprisedwhen he noticed that Jesus did not first wash before the meal.
Then the Lord said to him, ‘Now then, you Pharisees clean the outsideof the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness (Matt – greed and self-indulgence).You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? But now as for what is inside you–be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you.
Pharisees– Good people but blinded to areas in their lives.
‘Woeto you Pharisees, because you give God a tenthof your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the loveof God (Matt – justice, mercy and faithfulness.) You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.
Matthew 23:24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.
Woe to you Christians,you post about love and morality, and boast about your good life, but you have little compassion for those who most need your love and concern.
Jenn – Be careful, when your concern is for rules, laws or policies over your concern for human beings…you might be headed down a slippery slope. You should practice holding both together.
Adam- Woe to you Christians, who spend more energy avoiding things like tobacco, alcohol, movies, and cursing but ignore the suffering and need of your neighbors in your very own backyards.
Is you relationship with God about you, or others?
‘Woeto you Pharisees, because you lovethe most important seatsin the synagogues and respectful greetingsin the marketplaces.
Woe to you Christians,You believe you deserved better than others because of your high values, you crave recognition for the small things you do and only serve and give if it will be recognized and or give you a “feel good”.
Jenn – Be careful not to pay too much attention to how you are “seen”, to a title at work, or your social media status – looking back to see how many comments or likes you have. It is a false world, putting energy in being seen rather than actually being.
Adam- Woe to you Christians who find your identity in titles, status, likes on Facebook, and followers on Instagram.
Would you rather be perceived as something, even though you are not. OR Truly be something, even though people think you are not?
‘Woeto you, because you are like unmarked graves, which people walk over without knowing it.’
Numbers 19:16 ‘Anyone out in the open who touches someone who has been killed with a sword or someone who has died a natural death, or anyone who touches a human bone or a grave, will be unclean for seven days.
Woe to you Christians,Your arrogant and self righteous attitudes and actions are like a cancer that infect everyone around you.
Jenn – Be careful, because in the end, you return to dust. Real legacy comes from how people truly know you, and how you cared for others.
JD – “Woe to you who carry around the hurts you’ve been touched by in a way that brings down others that get close to you.”
Adam- Woe to you professing Christians who have no life, love, or perspective any different than what’s in the worst and darkest environments.
What do people around you get infected with… things like love, joy, compassion? or bitterness, discontent, criticism?
One of the experts in the law answered him, ‘Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.’ Jesus replied, ‘And you experts in the law,
woeto you, because you load people down with burdensthey can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.
Woe to you Christians, you pressure and expect everyone to walk in the maturity that has taken you years to achieve, and in actuality you still struggle with.
Jenn – Be careful not to place judgements, pressures, or expectations on others without first caring about their well-being and attending to true matters of the heart.
Adam: Woe to you Christians who have high expectations for society, but neither contribute your time, money, education, or gifts to move it forward.
Do you make a difference and empower those around you?
‘Woeto you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.’
Woe to you Christians, you teach your biases and personal understandings of Scripture and discourage honest questioning and differing interpretations of the Scriptures that hinders a person truly developing their faith.
JD – “Woe to you bible scholars who have forgotten that your source of wisdom is the God Who is gracious, forgiving and wants a relationship cleansed of guilt that new believers may be feeling.”
Jenn – Be careful not place religion and information above a relationship with me.
Adam: Woe to those who keep accumulating knowledge, doctrines, theologies, and theories. You complicate the simplicity of God. You make access to God more complicated than it is.
Are you a champion of growth in those round you?
When Jesus went outside, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law began to oppose him fiercely and besiege him with questions, waiting to catch him in something he might say.
How would you have left this dinner??We have the advantage of looking backwards, where vision is much closer to 20/20. But are we healthy enough to do self examination and to hear what others around us are trying speak to us?
Take-Away/Change:“In Your Eyes” Peter Gabriel- Lauren with the Pharisee characters
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