PASSAGE: LUKE 11: 37–44

HYMN: MHB 547 – THE THING my God doth hate

MEMORY VERSE: Luke 11: 39 “And the Lord said unto him, now do you Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.”


It is the custom of the Jews to dip or wash their hands and feet before eating. The host would provide bowl of water for each guest as in Luke 7:44. The hosts also gives the guest a welcome. In our passage, Jesus, perhaps deliberately, avoided the custom because it would not be likely that our Lord would go about with dirty hands. His eating with unwashed hand must be deliberate to score a point.

The passage offers many lessons for us as Christians:

We must not harbour grudge in our heart. The Pharisees and the Scribes were the greatest destructive critics of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and His ministry, and we don’t expect Him to accept any invitation to eat in a Pharisee’s house. Jesus accepted the invitation because He did not harbour any grudge against His critics.

We must not allow any invitation, favour, offer of money or job to becloud our sense of judgment. It is least expected that Jesus would lambast his host for being hypocritical or deceptive.

Say the truth and nothing but the truth whatever the situation may be. Many people, including some pastors cannot speak the truth to some influential members of their church because of money or influence.

We must not be hypocritical in whatsoever we say or do.

Note that six woes (curses or misfortunes) were laid on the Pharisees (including His host) and lawyers by Jesus- at the occasion – all for hypocrisy, self-righteousness, self-exaltation, putting heavy burdens on others, shedding of innocent blood, and for leading people astray by “taking away the key of knowledge” from people.

All these shortcomings would not allow anybody to enter the Kingdom of God. Do away with hypocrisy as from today and God will be your friend.

PRAYER: Holy Spirit of God, remove every iota of hypocrisy from my life and make me Your humble and obedient servant in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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