Woe to the Lawyers! (Part 2)

In Luke 11:37-54 Jesus teaches us about the nature of true obedience by way of contrast with the false obedience of the Pharisees and Lawyers. This past Sunday we considered Jesus’ second and third “Woes” against the Lawyers. Jesus rebuked the Lawyers for paying lip service to the prophets while actually rejecting them. As people who are confessionally committed to the absolute authority of God’s Word in all questions of faith and practice, we would do well to ask ourselves if there are areas in our lives where that commitment is little more than lip service.

You may listen to audio of the sermon and download a copy of the manuscript at www.trinityprescleveland.com/#/sermons.

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Woe to the Lawyers!

This past Sunday I preached from Luke 11:45-54. These verses form the second half of a narrative which began at v. 37 when Jesus was invited to a dinner party at the house of a Pharisee.

Jesus’ table conversation with the Pharisees and lawyers at the party teaches us about the nature of true obedience. In the previous narrative, Luke 11:14-36, Jesus taught the crowds what it means to be with him. In sum, he said it is the one who hears the word of God and keeps it who is with him. But what does that mean? At the dinner party, Jesus teaches something more about what it means to hear and keep the word of God.

Jesus does this by way of contrast with the obedience of the Pharisees and lawyers. In the first half of the narrative, Jesus shows us that the hypocritical, ritual-focused obedience of the Pharisees is not the sort of obedience he desires. In the second part of the narrative, Jesus shows us that the legalistic, casuistic obedience of the lawyers is not what he has in mind either.

He does this by way of three “Woes.” We looked at the first of these “Woes” on Sunday. You may listen to the audio of the sermon and download a copy of my manuscript at www.trinityprescleveland.com.

NOTE: I have now added manuscripts for all my sermons this year, so you can listen to and read previous sermons too by following the same link.