Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Forgetting one

August 23, 2010

The life of Jesus. Read Today: Jesus pronounces woes on the Pharisees; Luke 11:39 - 44

Luke 11:42 (International Standard Version)
42 “How terrible it will be for you Pharisees! For you give a tenth of your mint, spices, and every kind of herb, but you neglect justice and the love of God. These are the things you should have practiced, without neglecting the others.

Interesting concept.  God wants us to follow the rules and to show love.  So many times we do not want to do both. We want to tithe and do work in the church to show how good we are, but then come home to the wife or husband and yell at them like they were the enemy. Or maybe as a guy, we marry and stay married only to let our eyes wander.  Maybe as a wife, the same, but we wonder why our lives are not like the romance novels we read.

No, God wants the total package.  He wants us to do the spiritual works, and He wants us to do the right things by the law.  Not too many verses before this, we hear the parable of the Good Samaritan.  Jesus asks the lawyer what is the greatest command. The answer is to love the Lord with all your heart and to love your neighbor as you love yourself. Can we really love God and neglect the justice and love of God?

Read for next time: Jesus pronounces woes on the Lawyers; Luke 11:45 - 52
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