Monday, March 9, 2009

Lent '09 - Day 11: Interesting Woe

Jesus' woes to the Pharisees in Luke 11:37-53 are startling. They remind me that I'm not dealing with a pushover in Christ. One thing that stood out when reading them this time, was when Jesus said:
Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? But give what is inside the dish to the poor, and everything will be clean for you.
This giving what's "inside the dish" is what struck me. I need to research this to understand what was meant exactly, but given the context of the Pharisees looking good externally, I assume that "inside the cup" refers to internal things like one's heart or mind. If this is the case, then Jesus isn't pushing them to just give their money to the poor, but also themselves in relationship.

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