December 08, 2023 – Friday
Luke 11:41 NKJV
41 But rather give alms of such things as you have; then indeed all things are clean to you.
Luke 11:41 NIV
41 But now as for what is inside you—be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you.
Luke 11:41 NET
41 But give from your heart to those in need, andthen everything will be clean for you.
In this verse Jesus is speaking to a particular Pharisee who had invited Jesus to dine with him, but it applied to all Pharisees and those like them who were so concerned with external appearances only. Let’s look at a few prior verses to provide context of this.
Before the invitation Jesus had spoken of the importance of not having darkness inside one’s heart, 35 Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. 36 If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.” Thus, we know Jesus is concerned about what is inside, darkness or light, and it is light that is obviously desired.
It is at this point, 37 And as He spoke, a certain Pharisee asked Him to dine with him. So He went in and sat down to eat. 38 When the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that He had not first washed before dinner. So, this certain Pharisee was listening to Jesus speak about darkness and light inside a person when he invited Jesus to dine with him. But now he was concerned Jesus had not followed the ceremonial washing practiced by many pious Jews. Barclay tells us, In performing the ceremonial washing, one started with at least enough of this water to fill one and one-half eggshells. One began by pouring the water over the hands starting at the fingers and running down towards the wrist. Then each palm was cleansed by rubbing the fist of the other hand into it. Water was poured over the hands again, this time from the wrist towards the fingers. Really strict Jews would do this between each course of a meal.
Jesus would use this concern about clean hands to make a point about their unclean hearts. He began in verses 39 & 40, 39 Then the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness. Jesus did not dance around this point; He made His point as directly as possible. What good is ritual cleanliness when your inward part is full of greed and wickedness. We see this in church sometimes when some very well dressed folks will turn up their noses at those who came to church simply to hear about God and join in prayer and song praising Him.
And now I will use the NET for verse 41 as it speaks clearly to the point Jesus is making, 41 But give from your heart to those in need, and then everything will be clean for you. It is not enough to give, it is necessary to give from one’s heart, ridding oneself of greed and its associated wickedness and darkness. Jesus followed this with a strong warning to the Pharisees and anyone like them today, 42 But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. Yes, go ahead and tithe but do not think that is the end of what is required of you. Be just in your actions and act in the love of God as well.
Bottom Line: Do not fool yourself with outward appearances of cleanliness. God sees the truth of what is in your heart. Know this and let more and more light come from within as light always defeats darkness.
Prayer: Almighty God, Help us to always examine ourselves for any form of greed or wickedness in our hearts and then to do what is necessary to rid ourselves of such darkness, letting the light of Christ reign in our hearts. Thank You. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
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