But woe to you Pharisees! For you pay tithe of mint and rue and every kind of garden herb, and yet disregard justice and the love of God; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. Luke 11:42
Look at all of my religious acts! Look at me! My name is in your church bulletin, I’m onstage in front of many people! Look at me! Look at me! We need to be careful our religion doesn’t replace our relationship with Jesus Christ!
What is the purpose of Church? Fellowship with a body of believers, right? Then why has it become a “country club”? Why is it more like a “rock concert” than worship service? How many people get down on their knees and break down in tears of repentance?
Jesus didn’t come to create a new religion, he came to reconcile us to our Heavenly Father!
Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the chief seats in the synagogues and the respectful greetings in the market places. Luke 11:43
But we love the social stature of being called a “Good Christian”, Fill up those tithing baskets so we can build a brand new building, put me on the “Board of Directors” so I can tell you how to operate Gods House!
Have we lost our mind? Didn’t anyone listen to Jesus teachings, “The First will be Last and the Last will be First”? To “Deny ourselves and Carry our Crosses”, then why are we puffing ourselves up like were special? All our good deeds are filthy rags in the presence of God
“Woe to you! For you are like concealed tombs, and the people who walk over them are unaware of it.” Luke 11:44
All these corrupted leaders are sending the masses straight to Hell, why? False conversions, they want to live like the world and be with God, you cant!
Jesus said You must be Born Again to enter the Kingdom of God, you have to become transformed not conformed to the ways of the world, Amen!
As the crowds were increasing, He began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it seeks for a sign, and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah. Luke 11:29
The world is continually looking for a sign. There is a lot of “Christian” literature and books about signs, this nation is fighting with this nation, this leader said this, however Jesus is saying “He is The Sign”!
Jesus references Nineveh, there only sign was an unwilling prophet named Jonah. Who eventually answered his calling and brought the nation to come to repentance. So was there some miraculous sign from God to bring the nation of Nineveh to repentance? No , there was one preacher with the Word of God
“For just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. Luke 11:30
Jesus said “Jonah was the only sign for the nation of Nineveh, and Jesus will be the only sign to this generation. Now we can get into specifics about what specific group Jesus is reference here, however here’s the point, isn’t Jesus enough for you?
If you truly believe who Jesus says he is, shouldn’t that be enough? If Jesus is Immanuel, God in the flesh, and rose from the dead after 3 days, what more do you need? If you cant get excited about God coming down here to Earth to deliver us from our sins, what else is going to excite you?
If the resurrection of Christ, which is a historical fact, cant convince you then what else is there?
So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Luke 11:9
This is a scripture that is often confused or twisted, people want to use this as trying to make God your “personal genie”, but this scripture has a lot deeper meaning than our superficial interpretation. Remember its God will be done not our will. Are your prayer requests aligned with the will of God?
Are you seeking God? Trying to understand his diving nature, trying to get closer to him as our Heavenly Father? Are you trying to deepen your personal relationship with your Lord and Savior? Are you seeking Truth? Do you ask God to reveal truth to you?
These are the things we should be praying for, not temporary personal wealth or objects. We should be seeking God to fill us with the Holy Spirit to truly understand and comprehend his nature
For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. Luke 11:10
Who can ask and pray to God for wisdom and understanding? Who can come before The Lord and ask for forgiveness of our sins? The Bible says Everyone, you don’t need a priest or a pastor to mediate for you, get down on your knees and talk to your Heavenly Father!
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” Luke 11:13
So when you read the entire Chapter in context , you see God will send you the Holy Spirit to all those who ask! This is what we should be seeking! Keep seeking God and asking for his wisdom and understanding! Knock and the door (Jesus Christ) will be opened Amen!
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord , that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Jeremiah 31:31 KJV
Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” Luke 10:38-40
Here is the tale of two women that have an encounter with Jesus. One woman (Mary) stopped everything she was doing to focus on Jesus, while the other woman (Martha) continued focusing on her daily tasks that she needed to get done. Can we relate to this? If Jesus visited you today, would you drop everything for him?
Some of us reluctantly would say Yes, but is that really true? Would you call off your important corporate job in fear of being fired? Would you not show up to your kids Soccer game for The Lord? Life is full of distractions, and its easy for us to be sucked into it. God should always be your highest priority, eternity is a lot more important than the things of this temporary world
But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42
Martha was so upset with her sister Mary, that she even complained to Jesus about her. But Jesus told Martha, your worried and distracted about pointless things. Cant we all relate to this? In the grand scheme of things, how often do we waste time on meaningless things?
Jesus confirmed Mary choose wisely, she put God first above all things. Do you love God with all your mind, heart , and soul?
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13 KJV
Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” Luke 10:36
When we call someone a “Good Samaritan” in todays society, we are usually referring to them as a nice person who did a good deed for someone. However the ironic thing is back in the 1rst century in Jewish culture, Samaritans were considered a sub-human race. They were Jews who breeded with other nationalities therefor making them “unclean” in the Jewish culture. They were considered outcasts and not worthy of being in the Jewish culture
So what changed? What brought these Samaritans into a good light? Jesus. The people who were once considered outcasts and unclean have now been entered into his grace. Those who were once not allowed in Gods presence now have God living inside of them. This is the powerful story of the Good Samaritan
And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.” Luke 10:37
Notice Jesus wasn’t concerned about the nationality, or race, or gender. Jesus said the one who showed mercy, eventhough the one man was a priest and another man was a Levite (from the priest bloodline), these good deeds or nationality cant save you
Only the blood of Jesus Christ can save us, only the works that he finished on the cross can bring us salvation. Because of Jesus, the Samaritan and everyone else can be reconciled to our Heavenly Father Amen!
Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord .
Jeremiah 23:1 KJV
Then the Lord said to me, “The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds.
Jeremiah 14:14 NASB