37 While Jesus was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him, so he went in and reclined at table. 38 The Pharisee was astonished to see that he did not first wash before dinner. 39 And the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 40 You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside also? 41 But give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you. 42 “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
Thoughts: At first it may seem weird that the Pharisee was so “astonished” that Jesus didn’t wash up before dinner. Maybe he just forgot? Culturally and religiously, it was a requirement to purify oneself, which Jesus chose not to do in this case. Notice how Jesus used this incident to teach a very important lesson. He turned the tables on those sitting with him and confronted a significant heart issue.
1. What was Jesus pointing out about the Pharisees?
2. How, according to Jesus, could one live out true “cleanliness”?
1. Why do you think we sometimes focus on certain aspects of the Christian life and pride ourselves in doing those – while neglecting other things that, many times, are more in line with what God desires from us?
2. How can you apply this passage to your life this week?