Jesus Pronounces Woes
33 total verses: Luke 11:37-54; 12:1-15
Brief description of action taking place or point being made
166. Lunch with a Pharisee in Luke 11:37
167. Jesus does not wash his hands in Luke 11:38
168. Jesus pronounces woes on the Pharisees in Luke 11:39-44
169. Jesus pronounces woes on the Lawyers in Luke 11:45-52
170. Jesus leaves, and they plot against him in Luke 11:53-54
171. Jesus teaches a great crowd in Luke 12:1-12
172. Jesus warns against greed in Luke 12:13-15
1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?
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Broader outline of each section of passage
Luke 11:37. Jesus dined with a Pharisee.
Luke 11:38. The Pharisee thought badly of Jesus for not keeping the tradition of ceremonial washing before eating.
Luke 11:39-44. Jesus chastised the Pharisees for cleaning the outside of the cup, but not the inside (he may have been speaking metaphorically, meaning that they look good on the outside, but inside have all sorts of uncleanness). He also condemned them for tithing even on herbs, but neglecting to love and do justice. Both are required.
Luke 11:45-52. After a lawyer complained that Jesus appeared to be condemning lawyers alongside the Pharisees, Jesus, in fact, made it clear he was condemning the lawyers. They were condemned for making salvation and following God too difficult, requiring things that God does not require.
Luke 11:53-54. Jesus made both the Pharisees and lawyers mad. So when he left them, they plotted to get revenge.
Luke 12:1-12. This section covers many topics, because Jesus was in front of a crowd to teach. But he first began speaking to his disciples. He warned them against hypocrisy. In the fullness of time, everything done secretly will be revealed. Jesus says that don’t fear people, because they can only kill your body. Better to fear God, who can not only kill you, but send you to hell.
And on the positive side, Jesus reminded them that the Father would not abandon them. Not even a sparrow is forgotten, and he knows the hairs on your head, so surely he will take care of you.
Jesus reminds people not to be afraid to acknowledge him before people. He told them not to worry if they are put on trial for the sake of faith. The Holy Spirit would give them something to say at the right time.
Luke 12:13-15. Someone in the crowd shouted to Jesus to tell his brother to divide the inheritance with him. But Jesus refuses to intervene, warning people to watch out for one’s own covetousness.
My favorite passage and other random thoughts
My favorite verses from this passage are from Luke 12:6-7, which say, “‘Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows'” (ESV). I like this because I have been prone to worry about things, and this reminds me that nothing in my life escapes God’s attention, and that he values me and will care for me. Because of this, I have no need to worry.