April 08, 2020 – Wednesday
Luke 11:47-49 NIV
47 “Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your ancestors who killed them.
48 So you testify that you approve of what your ancestors did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs.
49 Because of this, God in His wisdom said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.’
As in Matthew and Mark we again in Luke have Jesus naming woes against the Pharisees and experts on the law. Here today Jesus is naming the fifth of six woes against the Pharisees.
He is accusing them of being related (your ancestors) to those who killed prophets in the past and approving of what their ancestors did. Jesus goes so far as to repeat the accusation. After stating what God in His wisdom said, I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute. Some will be killed and others persecuted and it is easy enough to read the Old Testament and see how very true this was. Then Jesus addressed them – not their ancestors – and their responsibility past and present, 50 Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all.
Clearly Jesus was letting them know because of their current behavior they were linked to the sins of Abel to the sins against Zechariah and of their own time. To understand Jesus’ condemnation of the Pharisees and experts on the law, take the time to read through all of the woes beginning in verse 42 through 52 and beyond. Beyond because afterwards 53 When Jesus went outside, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law began to oppose him fiercely and to besiege him with questions, 54 waiting to catch him in something he might say. Then in the next chapter He continues His criticism of the Pharisees and the experts on the law. He sees them for what they are, hypocrites who loved lording it over others.
Message for us is not to repeat the attitudes and actions of the Pharisees and the experts on the law who loved to lord it over others. Instead always remember The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (Galatians 5:6b)
Riley D. Driver-Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton