Day 158 Out of Tune
On: April 7, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone. “Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces. “Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which people walk over without knowing it.” Luke 11:42-44

Jesus is on a roll by now. The sub-heading for His teaching could be: “Look again, things aren’t what they seem.” The underlying motives of the religious leaders are laid bare … and it’s not pretty. For all their apparent “holiness”, the reality is that they are doing things they shouldn’t be, and leaving undone things they should be doing. As a result, they are leading the people down the wrong path. And the Pharisees find themselves on the receiving end of a “Woe to you …”  Ouch!

What does this look like for me? Two verses come to mind:  “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

“Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! ” Amos 5:23-24

All our religious observance (including our worship, which will sound out of tune to God) will count for nothing if such obedience does not flow through to our actions. It is known as hypocrisy and our lives will not ring true.

Prayer:

Father God, enable me to live a joined up life, where what I profess with my lips is in harmony with what I do through my actions. Amen

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