Lawyers and Scribes

In Luke 11:37-54, Jesus gives six woes to the scribes and Pharisees.  The Pharisees were more worried about what was on the outside and traditions than what was going on in the heart.  The Lord made the inside and outside.  The Pharisees were wicked on the inside.  They should have given to the poor and that would have helped make them clean.  The Pharisees paid tithes but they did it for men not God.  They loved prestige and the greetings they got more than God.  They were unmarked graves which men walked over without knowing it.  The lawyers put burdens on people they could not bear and the lawyers did nothing to help carry these burdens.  They built tombs to the prophets that their ancestors killed.  These tombs testified of the scribes approval of killing of the prophets.  God told them and this generation they will be held accountable for their blood.  They had the key to knowledge and they kept it from the people.  They did not enter in themselves and kept others from entering into God’s rest.  The scribes and Pharisees hated Jesus and were looking for ways to trap and eventually kill him.  The challenge for us today is not become like these people.