Thursday, May 18, 2017

Luke 11:42-44

We strive to do what is right out of our love... not out of our need to impress others. 

LOVE and MERCY please GOD. We must keep in mind that the letter of the Law kills the hope of an imperfect people but the salvation of the Cross gives hope to all of humanity.

What does God require of us?
He requires us to be fair
to forgive quickly
and to remain humble knowing that it is all about Him and not about us. 
Micah 6:8

Justice and love for God Echoes the two greatest commandments (Luke 10:27–28), as well as the teaching of the prophets. The reference is to Mic 6:6–8, whose third element of all acceptable religion, “walking humbly with God,” comprehends both “love” and “faith.” Faithlife Study Bible

The Law spoke of tithing all produce, but what constituted food was debated. Some Pharisees took the strictest interpretation and counted almost anything, including spices. However, they neglected two basic things that the prophets also had warned about: love and justice. The NKJV Study Bible.

The Pharisees, the paragons of purity, were in fact the height of uncleanness.

Luke 11:42–44 (NKJV)

42 “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. 43 Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces. 44 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like graves which are not seen, and the men who walk over them are not aware of them.”

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