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Take a Look Inside! - Luke 11:37-41

After Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee asked Jesus to eat with him. So Jesus came and took a place at the table. But the Pharisee was surprised when he saw that Jesus did not wash his hands first before the meal. The Lord (Jesus) said to him, "You Pharisees {think that washing the outside of the body is so important. That's like} cleaning only the outside of a cup or a dish! {The inside is more important.} And what is inside you? You want only to cheat and hurt people. You are foolish! The same One (God) that made what is outside also made what is inside. So pay attention to what is inside. Give to the people that need help. Then you will be fully clean." (ERV) Full Text

Key Thought

In the previous verses, Jesus warned about the light in us actually being darkness. Now, he is asking those who invited him over for a meal to take a look inside. They were spending a great deal of time, energy, and worry over being clean outside. While there is nothing wrong with that, the bigger issue was on the inside—if their hearts were clean. Knowing them and their values, he challenges them to do something that would reveal just who they were, inside and out. He spoke to their greed. While they may look religious and righteous on the outside, he knew that greed was consuming them on the inside. In our age, Jesus' challenge still stands—take a look on the inside. And the monster on the inside for a lot of us today is still the same: greed.


Today's Prayer

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Father, forgive me for my greed. I know that many of your children live with joy in the midst of poverty. I know many of them are far more generous than I am. Open my heart and cleanse me through and through. Make me more generous with others, just as you have been generous with me. Thank you for all of my blessings in Jesus' name. Amen.


Today's Verses in Context


After Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee asked Jesus to eat with him. So Jesus came and took a place at the table. But the Pharisee was surprised when he saw that Jesus did not wash his hands first before the meal. The Lord (Jesus) said to him, "You Pharisees {think that washing the outside of the body is so important. That's like} cleaning only the outside of a cup or a dish! {The inside is more important.} And what is inside you? You want only to cheat and hurt people. You are foolish! The same One (God) that made what is outside also made what is inside. So pay attention to what is inside. Give to the people that need help. Then you will be fully clean. But it will be bad for you Pharisees! You give God one-tenth of {everything you own}—even your mint, your rue, and every other little plant in your garden. But you forget to be fair to other people and to love God. These are the things you should do. And you should also continue to do those other things—{like giving one-tenth}. It will be bad for you Pharisees because you love to get the most important seats in the synagogues. And you love for people to show respect to you in the market places. It will be bad for you, because you are like hidden graves. People walk on them without knowing it."

Luke 11:37-44 (ERV)

 

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They are like hungry dogs. They are never satisfied. The shepherds don't know what they are doing. {They are like their sheep} that have all wandered away. They are greedy. All they want to do is satisfy themselves.Isaiah 56:11 (ERV)

Then Jesus said to them. "Be careful and guard against all kinds of greed. A person does not get life from the many things he owns."Luke 12:15 (ERV)

You can be sure of this: No person will have a place in the kingdom of Christ and of God if that person does sexual sins, or does evil things, or is a person who always wants more and more for himself. A greedy person like that is serving a false god.Ephesians 5:5 (ERV)

 

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