Saturday, October 16, 2010


1. In Lk 6: 24-26, the woe was issued against the rich, filled and well reputed, In 10: 3 it was spoken against the un converting cities; In 11 42-44 three woes are issued against the Pharisees and the next three verses, three other woes are pronounced against the lawyers.

2. The offering of tenth of one’s produce or possessions to the Lord is recorded in Deut 14: 22-29; Lev 27: 30-33, Mal 3: 8-10. The purpose is expressed in Deut in support of the Levites and the poor in the land, sojourners, orphans and widows.

3. Why did Jesus pronounce woes?
· The first woe contrasts their concern for minutiae and for the building of fences around the law, neglecting what is really important.
· The 2nd woe castigates the Pharisees for Self-aggrandizement.
· The 3rd woe is for not realizing that they are not what they seem to be. They appear to be holy but they deceive others.

4. The lawyer or legal expert, up to this point, had excluded himself and his profession. He was applying all that Jesus was saying to someone else. It never dawned upon him that Jesus could be talking to him! All of a sudden something struck the lawyer’s mind and he felt Jesus included his profession. Jesus did not spare anyone. He was speaking to all who put religion, ritual, ceremony, heritage, and anything else before God.

5. Lawyer: The lawyer’s job is not finished when he points out to the weak in his following that they have sinned and must repent; he must raise his finger to lighten the load, bringing his followers to a lightsome comprehension of God’s law as an expression of God’s love for his people.

Jesus vehemently attacks those who make the law absolute. When we stress too much on the legal issues we forget the persons involved in that. The grain storage issue which became quite controversial can be an example. The Government was scared to make a policy which might become a precedent, and comfortably forgot the suffering people. Rules and Laws are made for human kind not the other way about. We come across people who are strict with themselves but liberal with others, there are some who are strict with themselves and the others, there are some who are liberal with themselves and the others and while there are some who are liberal with themselves and strict with others. The first category would be the ideal, the rest of the two are tolerable while the last category is intolerable. It is against this attitude Jesus issues woes. To which category do we belong to?

The Pulpit Commentary
The Preacher’s Outline and the Sermon Bible
The Anchor Bible Commentary

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