Alright alright, friday night dads with daughters. We have the daddy daughter dance 68 PM now dads dads with daughters, I want you to look over at your daughter right now look him in the eyes, look me in the eyes and say good morning beautiful. Now how can you possibly not bring your daughter to the daddy daughter dance? Looking in those eyes right now man, I know that your, it’s not your ideal, you know, thought of how you want to spend your friday night dancing. But I mean let’s be honest the girls are just gonna mostly dance with their friends right and have fun. So bring your daughters all ages friday night 6 to 8 p.m. We’re gonna have a great time. There’s the youth group, teen girls are gonna be teaching us some line dances to some music. There’s gonna be activities, there’s going to be refreshments, you know, cookies, brownies, lemonade, all the good stuff and then a photo booth as well. So so much going on. It’s gonna be so fun come and bring your daughters or daughter and it’ll be great. Woo that sounds like a good time. Alright, well that’s all the announcements I have for you so parents, you can take your kids up to sunday school and everyone else say hello to a neighbor while we wait for pastor mike to come, continuing our look series what I’ve been saying. The brothers living stuff all tracks, we will find you and I’ve been dozen starving switching lanes. That’s what ST my folks just give me on my walk, yep t mouse even when I missed you, get the rebound, you know what, I didn’t get a veto being on that wrestling Mr please you hear that how it is relief from the ST louis, you know me beat up, you see this seven, mhm jesus and his disciples went onto the villages around caesarea philippi on the way, he asked them who do people say I am? They replied, some say john the baptist, others say Elijah and still others, one of the prophets. But what about you? Who do you say I am All right. Ah ah, welcome. I didn’t know it was a dress update for church. I brought my Ben looked really sharp, dapper, I brought my paul I this morning, this is uh, an old college injury infection from every time you get worn down happens once a year. Don’t worry about me. I got a bloodshot eye once a year for a couple of days. Hi, hi, my name is mike, I’m telling you all my hippo things going on in my life. Welcome. Thank you for coming to church. If you’re on the livestream, good to see you if you’re in person, I’m glad to have you here. I’m excited for this time. Before we jump into this time. I have a short story, I think kinda helps set the mental stage for me as I’ve been contemplating this passage, I am reminded of taekwondo and toilets, I have a generous grandpa grandfather who’s been my wife’s korean and he’s been sending my kids to taekwondo practice and they’ve been working through their belts, there’s a million belts between the belt they are and where they want to be, but this last week they all, we’re doing practice and uh, and he’s like, mike, you’re a pastor, you gotta, you got to pastor your kids and she said it nicer than that, but that’s the sound bite that I remember and I’m like, yeah, she’s right. And so I was at taekwondo practice and one of my kids went off to the, to the bathroom and he went into one of the stalls and he was standing in the bathroom, in the stall with a toilet and I’m like looking up like a dad, I’m like, I’m missing a kid, where is he? And so I went into the bathroom like, hey, what’s going on, bud, how you doing? What’s going on? And he’s like telling me, I’m just embarrassed. It was hard, it was difficult. He didn’t say that. Exactly, but he said, you know, I was embarrassed. It was hard, I don’t know what to do, I couldn’t, you know, jump, kick, do something. So I went to the bathroom and hitting the toilet until it’s over. That’s great practices over get your coat on, let’s get in the car and let’s leave. I don’t wanna have a condo in the bathroom stall with my son and we’re driving home. I’m like, what should I say, do not traumatize my son. And uh, I thought son all over the city of Lincoln, there’s men that have faced hard things in life, difficult, challenging things that are too hard for them and when life hits you and it’s difficult and hard, everyone runs two toilets in their life and I rattle off some acceptable vices, I want to tell a kid that young and then I said, uh, did the toilet talk to you? Did he give you words of encouragement? Did you get a drink of water from the toilet to refresh your brain soul? As you went back out to face the day, he’s like, no, no. And you know, I’m like, son, I’m your father. I’ve been through hard things to, I’m sitting on the edge of the taekwondo mat right by the toilet and you walked off to the toilet and not to meet your father and so if you don’t come to me, you’re not gonna go to your heavenly father, Sunday sun, we gotta be going to God when we have hard times, you gotta go to earthly father when you have hard times and my other son pipes up in the back of the van, he’s like, that was good, you should share that in your sermon this weekend. I was like, bye, bye, thanks buddy, thanks. So, but, but seriously, before we pray, when I was looking at this passage and I was studying this passage, trying to go deep in this passage, I’m like, I don’t want to go deep. This is hard because because we talk about stuff at church and talk about like, you know, drugs, alcohol, crack cocaine and how that’s bad. And you’re like, yeah, I shouldn’t do that, you know? But this this strikes close to home. This topic, what we’re speaking on today speaks to people in the room, speaks to religious hypocrite hypocrisy of religious people in the room. I’m a pastor’s son. I grew up in different churches on different church plants with my dad. I I know the christian game, I know how to play the christian game and I can play it as well as many, many of you. Does that make sense? And this passage is hard to study. This passage is hard to give and this passage will be hard to listen to trust me. Jesus is going hard in the paint as he’s facing lunch with a bunch of religious elite as they work through the passage. So will you bow your heads. Let’s ask for some help today. Lord, we need your help. Uh, this strikes close to home or not. It probably will at the end of this message. Lord appeared, you would open our eyes so we can see wonderful things in your law. I bet you let your word do what only your word can do it, correct, instruct teach, rebuke Lord encourage there’s different sides of jesus Lord, there’s the jesus that goes to a social outcast to a cripple to a lame who won’t break a bruised reed. And then there’s a jesus that’s flipping tables and the jesus we’re gonna read about today. Uh, there’s a hard nosed jews and a soft tender jesus Lord. We need the different, we need to experience you today as people, we need to see you in your word correctly and clearly help us to see you clearly in your word today. And I ask that you just really instruct and convict and challenge our hearts, open our eyes. We can see wonderful things in your law and only only you can do with us in your law. They commit this to you in jesus name amen. Okay, so last week Shane, we’ve been working through this message and so Shane was covering jesus public teaching and commonly after a person finished a public teaching, they would invite that guest preacher from the local jewish synagogue. They invite them back to the religious leaders house, the Pharisees house, the religious lawyers house and they’d have a post church lunch gathering and they talk more about the message and jesus doesn’t mince words during lunch. He doubles down on everything he said earlier in the chapter And so we’re picking up in Luke 11 verse 37. If you’d read it along with me on the screen or on a bible in front of you. It says this while, jesus was speaking of pharisee asked him to dine with him. So he went in and reclined at the table. The pharisee was astonished to see that he did not first wash before dinner. So we’re gonna talk about hand washing to start our day. I’m a dad of a couple of kids, I said earlier and uh my boys learned something during the pandemic. I think it’s, I think it’s the pandemic or it’s that Mark rober, youtube video handwashing, but they learned something to wash their hands. And so when they come home from church today, the first thing they do without being prompted or told they walk over and they wash their hands. We’re not talking about physical cleanliness of hands. Does that make sense? So you don’t think 21st century, think first century we’re talking about a religious Jewish custom that was acceptable custom about how to wash your hands and it really mattered how you did it If they poured water from here to the tips of your fingers or the tip of your fingers to your wrist at the water dripped off the tips of your fingers or dripped off your elbows. If you dried your hands on a towel or in your robe on your head. If you had a hand that was ceremonially washed correctly and hand that wasn’t, you can use one hand for non etiquette stuff, another one for more etiquette stuff. It was a complex rich jewish custom and practice commanded by the jewish teachers of the day. There’s a certain specified way of doing it. And the heart behind the ritual was before eating anything, jews had water poured over their hands to remove the defilement contracted by their contact with the sinful world. That was the heart of it. And jesus gets invited to a lunch of a pharisee. The host is watching jesus see if he would omit any of the customary rituals and to his horror or his delight, jesus goes on and he admits all of them, his friends, he offends these aren’t friends, these people he’s eating with, he offends, he offends his host and he offends his host friends as he goes through this meal. The title that Ryan helped me workshop earlier this week was roast over roast because jesus is gonna roast people throughout this entire passage. I told you it was a good hard hitting passage. If we are wise as christians here on sunday morning, we should be very careful about how we listen to today’s message because the reality is hypocrisy lives in you. It lives in me. It lives in all of us and it just comes very naturally. I don’t have to teach my kids how to be hypocrites. And as a kid when you were a kid, you don’t have to be taught how to be hypocritical. Just something that comes out of you to pretend to perform to act. So let’s look at verse 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. He’s speaking to the religious leaders, he says, you fools did not he who made the outside make the inside also, but given as alms, those things that are within and behold everything is clean for you. So I’m sure jesus saw their facial expressions as the the the the hands were not washed and then he continues to go right after the heart of the people. He he didn’t mince words. He went straight to the heart of the issue and he spoke to their exact true nature. So when you talk about hypocrisy, I think this is just an experience I’ve had as a parent and as a parent preaching, you kind of can cheat and use a parenting analogy. And so my kids, when they’re little, I would say don’t touch that outlet or do touch that, pick up your toys or don’t hit your sibling or do carry your dishes to the sink. There’s very simple commands do and don’t, and when I, when they were little, you know, chubby little babies grabbing stuff, moving it across the room, that was easy. But as they grew up, they kinda knew they had to obey because dad’s four times five times six times bigger than them. They had to obey or they’ll be consequences. And they’re learning they’re learning something there like I’ll obey in my actions. But in my heart, I’m raging against this. There’s a rebellious heart as they rebelliously like picking up toys and I don’t want to act in front of you if you lose respect for me, but they might be. But this is like the seeding of young teenage angst which we’re going after now as parents. But this, this al obey, but I’m not really obeying. On the inside. There’s this, this duplicity that is in toddlers to teenagers hearts and as adults, we continue that duplicity into our life as people and jesus speaking about that heart, the issues of the heart. Heart obedience, not just hand obedience. What is the heart of the issue? I’m gonna take a moment to set this up more. But we strive, The heart of the issue is we strive to attain and achieve right standing with God. The heart of the issue is we strive to attain and achieve right standing with God. Even the spiritually elites cannot achieve right standing with God apart from the gospel. And first, John 15, it says God is light and and there is absolutely no darkness in him. If you remember jesus sermon on the mount, he went through his teaching, this very famous hallmark sermon and he went through these different topics and he said, if you lie, you’re he says if you lie, you’re a liar. If he says, if you murder, if you have undeserved anger for your brother, you’ve murdered them in your heart. If you commit adultery, if you have adultery in the mind by looking at lust of a young lady, he went along and said murdering his murdering of the mind and and adultery is adultery of the heart. He came along and took the moral law of standard of human achievement to be right in God’s eyes and showed the reality that it is actually unattainable. It is beyond our measure as people, it is out of grass for us as people and jesus is doing that same exact thing here that he did the masses on the sermon on the mount. He’s doing that to the religious elite, the professional believers, the professional faith people. He takes an exact look at the heart of who they are and what they desperately need. The reality is, our world is filled with people that are desperately wanting to be viewed better than they are. Not just Todd, there’s not just teenagers all the way up into our lives in our twenties or thirties or forties or fifties or sixties or seventies. We want to be looked at and viewed better than we really are. This world is for the people that do not really care or want to look like they care. This world is so that people that do not pray, I want to look like they pray, they do not read their bible, but they want to be perceived as bible readers that are not moral, but they want to be perceived as many. That is the reality of our culture we are in and that was the reality of the culture that jesus was speaking to. Then. We as people are obsessed with the outside of the cup, the image, the brand, the reputation, we are obsessed with your image, your brand, your reputation. It’s very american of you. It’s very human. One on one of jesus addressing this very human core problem. We can all relate to this message today, Jesus knew that the religious leaders could obey on the outside, but disobey on the inside. You can obey on the outside and disobey on the inside. You can go to community group with a really bad heart, you can come to church with a really bad heart. You can obey your bible verse for the day with a horrendous heart, you can love your child really poorly on the heart, but fake it on the outside. God. The reality is God sees our motives and our motives matter to God and people are motivated by their motives and God sees our motives. God wants our motives to be right on the inside as they are on the external, on the inside needs of the companies to be transformed by the gospel as well as the external God made our insights and our outsides and when God makes something he’s the master and creator and understands it incredibly well. God understands your thoughts, your motivations, your desires, your intentions of your heart. He made those, he understands those and he wants the inside of you as a person to be, to be pure just like the outside. I was encouraged by a brother sharing this verse psalms 36 Psalms 36 verses 25. It’s talking about this heart problem we have as people sometimes. I’m sorry Ezekiel 36 Ezekiel 36 verse 25 to 27. It says I will also Sprinkle clean water on you and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will place my spirit within you and cause you to follow my statues and carefully observe my ordinances. There’s this hard hearted stone that we inherited they’ve had since our childhood and God takes that hard away from us with the gospel. God wants you to be pure on the inside and the outside. So if it was lunch today and jesus was addressing this church, post the sermon at lunch, he’d be speaking to the lifers, the in christian crowd, the pastors, the staffers, the pastor kids, he’d be speaking to us, who who who make it make it more than just a you know, quarterly frequent visit to this place, what are what are known as a member of this church, the people who mastered the art of the spoken being nice and polite, but the unspoken being selfish and self centered, jesus addressing the hypocrisy to his audience at that table of their extortion of the poor and the wickedness and the leaders heart. If it was today, jesus would say things like you may like your friends post, but inwardly you are full of jealousy, jesus stressing the importance of the inward and the outward being immunity for us to be authentic. In our walk of God. See, Jesus is not looking for a bunch of hipster hypocritical christians to change the world. They can’t change nothing. We need to be authentically genuinely changed from the inside out by the Gospel of jesus christ. The Gospel genuinely changes the person’s inner life and their exterior life both. And when the inner life, the inner motivations, inner desires are transformed by the Gospel. Everything on the outside comes into focus and is able to be changed drastically simpler. And when that happens when the inner man or woman is authentically changed by the Gospel, the exterior person is changed by the Gospel to there’s an authenticity to our walk. There’s a genuineness to our faith. The loss can see a fake, they can see a hypocrite, they can see a con man and God’s name was not glorified when there’s this, this conflict with the inner and exterior jesus God and we need to think and pause and pray about that. Since jesus is God, God’s nature is not our nature. God judges the inwardness of man and the inner private, intimate side of people that no one sees but that person, It’s like when I see you, I see you and I assume the best about what is behind closed doors in your private life. But God sees you and he sees the interview at the same simultaneous time, he sees the outward manifestations of your public person and he sees the private manifest manifestations of you when no one is house watching God created the inside on the outside, and he judges them both rightly and fairly simultaneously. God judges people’s motivations, attitudes, and God is and will judge the seen and the unseen. This is very bad news for religious people who will live for a performance based relationship with each other and performance based relationship with God. God sees God judges and God judges correctly. And you cannot, I cannot, we will not con God or mislead God, God desires the inner brand and the outer brand to be working in complete unity of the Gospel. Why does jesus care about the inner and the outer person? Why does you just care about your motives? Does it matter? Hands down, yes, at matter. It matters to jesus. It matters all throughout your bible when you’re working, when you do religious work, religious manifestations of the Gospel and life transformational work and your walk of God is off. You don’t draw people closer to God, you push them farther from God. Like I said earlier, people are excellent sniffing out fakes fake christian disingenuous leaders and hypocrisy. The biggest problem with Christianity in our city is hypocritical christians theologically. This this belief structure is incredibly sound. I argue amazingly. So the best minds and businesses in the world who tried to dismantle it from the academic side. It is undefeated, it is defeated, A bunch of hypocritical hypocritical christians walking around being and pretending something they’re not. Our external actions and our internal motivations both can be changed by the Gospel, our external actions and our internal motivations both can be only changed by the Gospel. Only the Gospel produces a holistic life change that people desire. I went on a rabbit show come back to verse 42, Jesus continues his roasting, he says, but woe to you, Pharisees for you, tithe mint and rude and every herb and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done without neglecting the other. You need to know whoa is an expression of regret. The Pharisees is a religious leader, it’s like a modern pastor, clergy, it’s like a career religious worker and jesus grieved over the Pharisees and he’s gonna work through a variety of topics systematically. As we go through this passage and he starts with their practices of finances, the type In the Jewish culture, the tie that’s supposed to be a command in Leviticus 27 and Deuteronomy 14, it’s supposed to be a joyful love offering of a 10th of the person’s income, just to show their gratitude and their love and their admiration and their dependence on God, their generosity, their stewardship, their faith, God’s faithfulness and their faithfulness. And it’s just supposed to be a love offering to God, done from an abundance of joy and worshiping God, To take a 10th of your tithe and go down to a 10th of your garden herbs, made a mockery of it. This finally tuned attention to detail way of living, took the love out of the law. People tend to add man made rules to God’s rules and we can add to the law of God and miss the heart of God. Behind the law of God, the heart of God is to do what is right and don’t neglect the love of God. We are prone to champion the trivial, prone to champion our preferences, our opinion and we tend to not champion a genuine authentic love for God. We had to, we had to stand on the word of God and not make a stand on preferences, opinions and trivial matters where the christian walk gives us liberty and christian freedom allowing us to have liberty and rest and work, and if I take the christian freedom and God’s grace and God’s acceptance and God’s forgiveness for me and I turned around on you and I give you judgment slander, shunning cancel culture. That’s hypocritical. That’s wrong. Grace for me. Law for you, leniency on me, legalism for you. There’s a disconnect and not our worst Christianity in America has this every you got to see the hypocrisy right? The macro structure of Christianity is God reconciled people to God and the grace of God that we experience as people, we have trouble giving that same grace to the people around us and God gives them grace and we don’t Verse 43, what would you Pharisees for? You love the best seat in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplace. Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves and people walk over them without knowing it. So the best seat in the synagogue. So in a jewish synagogue, there’d be people gathering and the Pharisees would sit up front and their fancy robes and the seat facing the congregation. And so as a person was teaching a rabbi was teaching, they’d sit there and they’d be like nodding or scowling unfurling their brow and the whole congregation would look to them to take cues for how to respond to what was taught and they use that platform for manipulation for self centeredness for their vanity for their narcissism, they use that platform for their personal gain. We have this rampart in Christianity. Religious people, pastors using their platform to manipulate people con people for their personal game and feed their narcissism. We see this all over american Christianity. This verse, jesus words is brutal to those demographics. We should use our position to serve people not to have them serve you. We should use our people to love them and lead them to christ not to manipulate them. People would greet them in the market place. It’s like people greet you at all these we shop at all these some some of us right. I almost fell over. Okay people gush over them at the grocery store in the marketplace and I found this this last week and I thought this was hysterical. So I’m gonna share it with you. They would say things like oh rabbi, glorious Doctor of the Torah report repository of solomonic epigrams. Son of so and so son of so and so son of so and so just this gushy speech to their their their pharisee, their local religious leader when I see all all these we act like we don’t know each other. I’m kidding. I’ll give you I’ll give you a wave. But If we’re honest in verse 43 we do this today as Christians, vanity, pride, self centeredness. Narcissism is very common in Christianity. It’s almost celebrated in a subculture of Christianity. I just don’t get it. I think we’d get over it by now but we just keep going back to that well and keep drinking Pharisees had a preoccupation with the outward with people loving them in the public eye, this should sound very familiar to us being a pastor’s son, I could walk into churches, I didn’t start people I didn’t know and they had nobody because of my last name and they knew my dad, people knew me, they thought highly of me, not because they knew me because they knew my dad, I know how this world works and and I’m not saying I’m saying there’s a danger there that we should be aware of God is not a respecter of people. God does not show partiality and favoritism. If you’re a lifer, you might have been raised by parents who wanted to praise of their peers more than the praise of God and they really want you to perform in public. That’s a level of hypocrisy being different in one arena and not the same in another arena. This type of hypocrisy. People live their lives built on it, conceal sin hide sin lie, omit, misrepresent the truth, minimize things to look better in the eyes of christian circles. That’s hypocrisy, that’s wrong. This kind of living is a ticking time bomb and God hates hypocrisy. God will not be mocked and we will reap what we sow believers, so pay attention as we work through this passage. And if Jesus was giving the sermon the year 2022, he would roast us for our hypocrisy. We’ve seen online, you edit your quiet time photo of your bible with filters and specialized hashtags. But you haven’t really connected with me in the bible for months. You like your friends photos. But in really you desire harm to befall them. Your real emotion you feel is jealousy, not love, jealousy and mojo mojo, not lava mojo. I don’t know what that is either. You post these photos of you and your cool, popular beautiful friends the one time you hang out with them in months, but you neglect all the average normal people. I’ve set in your life daily. We have hypocrisy in the christian culture. Let’s be honest, we should all be brutally honest. This passage is difficult to work through social media puts our hypocrisy and hyperdrive and it’s not just for toddlers and teenagers on Tiktok, it’s for all of us. Does that make sense? All of us, It just shows what’s happening in our hearts. The reality is in our hearts, there is no space for good deeds to flow from. Apart from christ hypocrisy is as far as you can get apart from christ hypocrisy is as good as it will get in your christian life. Even our best days, All of our lives apart from God are a sad lame sitcom joke that the angels in heaven are not laughing at men and women. This is real. Just get serious about. I think we should get serious about in our own lives verse 45. So jesus speaking to a group of people in any pivots on verse 45. To another demographic that’s sitting at the table. This is a lawyer, a professional legal experts on the Torah. The old testament law. They spend a career studying the old testament law. Their religious lawyer. Never heard of that. I don’t think you can google a religious lawyer and have someone show up on google verse 45 is this is jesus talking to religious lawyer says one of the lawyers answered him. Teacher is jesus, he’s asking jesus is in saying these things. You insult us. Also, a pharisee is professional religious worker. A lawyer is like their wingman. They know the bible. They know the tour and they will help spin the bible make it say what they want when they want, where they want and they know the law really, really well. They’re expert teachers of the law, but they really add to the law is what we’ll find. If you think of the Bible, a little background. There’s 613 commands in the Bible, of them are in the negative posture. 240 of them are in the more positive disposition, positive posture, posture. That’s moral law, uh, social law and uh, ceremonial law. That is what the jewish nation is working through Just some context. The United States federal law includes more than 300,000 rules and regulations. So 613 bible, 300,000 rules and regulations. That’s more than the city of Lincoln. I think even if you count Hickman more than the city of Lincoln, men and women, 613 isn’t that bad. So these religious lawyers and these Pharisees were adding to the, to the law of the Old Testament Law. They were adding thousands of extra laws and about 6000 total laws were being added to the 613 loss. So let’s read verse 46 it says, and he said, well do you lawyer also for you load people with burdens hard to bear and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. So the hypocrisy here is in verse 46 they took these traditions and customs and they made them more important than the law itself. So rest on the sabbath. That’s what they’re talking about carrying burdens on the sabbath resting on the sabbath. A jew is supposed to rest from the work of God. The workout has given them and be if the people God has placed them with and enjoy God and enjoy their life on the sabbath to take a rest from their physical labor, just like God rested one day a week When he built the whole everything uh, in the beginning, God created everything. He took a break on day seven. The Sabbath and the Jews are supposed to model that also. So that’s a spiritualized don’t do a ton of physical labor that one day a week, but rest and enjoy God and what God gave you. So the Spirit of law, the addition to the law is an example from below the chapter 10 verse three. This is not the bible, this is what we’re talking about On the sabbath, taught, a man may not carry a burden in his right hand or on his left, in his bosom or on his shoulder, but if he carries it on the back of his elbow or in his ear or in his hair, or in the wallet, mouth downward or between his wallet and his shirt or in the hem of his shirt or on his or in his shoe or in his sandal. So, I mean, you’re like, yes, I know. It’s it’s it’s ridiculous. It’s confusing. It’s complicated. It took the spirit of the law and added a whole bunch of secondary manmade rules behind it. These religious lawyers wrote and exercise loopholes that they rarely followed themselves. The average person that heard that at a jewish temple would just have quit on this pursuit of God, understanding who God is who this God is and how it relates to their life. You mentally checked out and we just read that list. If you sit on that list, day after day after our sermon after sermon. No, it would make it impossible. The religious, these religious professional employees were supposed to teach God’s word in such a way that helped inspire the people instead of making them feel burdened and burned out when they left. People are coming to hear about God and desire to draw close to God instead after hearing these teachings, they left confused about God and feeling farther from God. The gospel is simple. It’s so simple. Your kids upstairs are learning about the Gospel. There’s a powerful, simple tool that God uses this change and transform and radically change lives. But the gospel is also complex and you can and God willing will spend the rest of your life appreciating it, studying it, learning the multifaceted beauty of the Gospel. But the gospel is supposed to draw people to God, supposed to draw the believer who is being saved to God verse 47. What do you for? You build the tombs of the prophets whom your father killed? So you are witnesses and you consent to the deeds of your fathers for they killed them and you built their tombs. So jesus talking about virtue, signaling, building a tomb for the people your parents killed. The point of jesus saying here is corporate sin and guilt continues among the descendants of the wicked unless they repent good deeds apart from repentance isn’t doesn’t make the bad deeds go away. We have to repent to humbly confess our failures and our shortcomings and repent. Exodus 20 verse five, Deuteronomy 23 verses two through six first, Samuel 15 2 through three And Isaiah 1: verse four. Talk more about this. I don’t care what you say publicly. I don’t care what you post online. God is looking for a genuine, authentic confessing, humbling repentance and that’s what can change things. Nothing good can happen apart from our sin, apart from us. Starting off of humility and confession and repentance. The reality is juices, eating lunch with folks who would kill him if the romans were not in charge of the country that was viewed as civil unrest. And they had a long history of killing profits like him who rocked the boat. They later will kill john the baptist I believe, but the roman occupation views us as civil unrest and if they weren’t in charge, they would probably have stoned him and killed him. They later killed jesus, the people at this table and their friends killed jesus, jesus, john the baptist considered the greatest prophet of all time. His enemies killed him just gets killed by these religious leaders. Later in the book of luke. Hypocrisy and good works is still hypocrisy verse 49. Therefore also the wisdom of God said, I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute, so that the blood of all the prophets shed from the foundation of the world may be charged against this general against this generation. From the blood of Abel, the first martyr in the bible to the blood of Zachariah, the last prophet before john the baptist who perished between the altar in the sanctuary which is viewed as the third most holiest place for jews. They went and killed him, the third most holiest place. Yet I tell you, it will be required of this generation. So that is what happened to Abel and Zachariah was nothing compared to is about to go through the lawyers this generation that killed jesus called the greatest that killed john the baptist, the greatest prophet. They went on to kill the Word of God himself, jesus christ because of their hypocrisy and their jealousy, the blood of all those slain for their faithful. Their faithfulness to God will be required of this generation that rejected the ultimate and final prophet. Priest King Jesus, the messiah Verse 52, won’t you, lawyers for you have taken away the key of knowledge, you did not enter yourselves and you hindered those who were entering. For he went away from there and the scribes and the Pharisees began to press him hard and to invoke him to speak about many things, lying in wait for him to catch him and something he might say. The purpose of scripture of you reading your bible is under a better understanding and knowledge of God. The purpose of what I’m trying to do here teach the bible to use to help you have a deepening understanding and knowledge of God because knowledge of God lights up and illuminates your life, your heart, your mind and God changes the heart. It changes the mind through the word of God and the whole rest of a man or woman can be transformed as your mind is renewed, as your mind is transformed. Our purpose is to help you grow a knowledge of God. The teachers of the law, the lawyers of scripture made everything about the bible confusing and complicated that people couldn’t grasp the real nature of God and they’d walk away from a God that was confusing and overbearing. They turned the bible into obscure obscurities, riddles that only the experts could understand, but they wouldn’t explain to people, I am reminded and sobered by these two verses in 2nd Timothy two and 2nd Timothy four. Talking about what we’re trying to do here as a church today, it says, do your best to present yourself to God as one approved a worker who has no need to be ashamed rightly handling the word of truth. And then chapter Chapter four, I charged in the presence of God and of Christ, Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead and by his appearing and his kingdom preach the word be ready in season and out of season, jesus opponents mishandled the word of God, jesus opponents were livid with him for calling them out on it. His intense venom. This hatred to jesus to catch him and to hunt him down and what he said and did was intense and all the while jesus on the road to Jerusalem. The context of this whole narrative is uses this next chunk of the book of luke. He’s moving to Jerusalem, he’s going into dark arenas and dark chapters of heavier and heavier hitting chapters with more and more enemies of God attacking jesus. This heated exchange we looked at today, bows over to the next chapter, which dan will pick up next week for us and it, it ends with the last third of the book of luke which focuses on the systematic dismantling of jesus, The God man to the point where the disciples think that all hope is lost and the popularity and fame, a juice is destroyed. But God, God’s ways are not like our ways. God saw the way God made a way when there was no way before the world began, people knew God knew what would happen, he predicted and he prophesized that the bruised heel would crush the head of the serpent in genesis for God’s perfect providential plan is being rolled out in Luke. 11, so as we close, these woes should strike a warning to theologians, teachers and leaders in the church today, but I don’t work at the leaders of the churches today, I work with y’all, I’m with y’all, every discipleship, group leader should take take stock of this passage, every community leader should take stock of this passage, every community apprentice, every college staff, every campus director, every missionary, every pastor should read and think. But for the grace of God, this could be me because you saw on the road to Jerusalem without the grace of God, we’re on the road to hypocrisy. That is our fallen condition. Our original disposition of the heart is, it is too hard to pursue a relationship with God. It’s too scary. It’s too high stakes. I’m gonna go to the toilet, I’m gonna hide in the toilet of acceptable christian sins and I’m gonna, I’m gonna drink from the water of hypocrisy because that is easier in your mind’s eye than actually having a real relationship with God a meaningful so an application for all of us. If you’re like, I’m new to Christianity, this is crazy. I’ve been here my whole life. This is, this is, this is not fun mike. You know, why don’t, why don’t you get the easy passages mike? It’s the bible. That’s hard. All of this is good parts too. But the application for us all, it seems to always start with our time with the Lord, a meaningful time of God, a meaningful time of you and your bible for you and God not to be shared a community group, not to be spammed out to your roommates, not to be calling your mom and tell her about you read the bible. I mean it’s just supposed to be for a private thing between you and God. No instagram story. Live reels about this moment. This is like you and God, not for display you in private and God time you’re reading the word of God, you praying scripture, you praying. What’s on your heart? You letting God speak to you? As I’ve read my bible, There’s many a days I’ll be reading along thinking hunky dory mike, lighthearted mike, can I read a passage? I’m like, oh, I’m gonna write that down in my journal. I’ll look at it later in the day, I’m like ah, yep, that’s for the meeting. I just walked out of, I was a hypocrite or that’s me I’m walking into. I’m gonna be tempted to be a hypocrite. That daily connection of God because the presence of God drives out hypocrisy from from he can’t stand to be around hypocrites. Being with God in a relationship of God, pursuing a loving walk with God helps flush out the attitudes, dispositions and affections in my heart, it changes my heart going to God daily with the gospel and reading the bible, reading throughout the gospels of jesus life. What he said and he did is so refreshing the book of psalms is so good for me to process my emotions and what I’m thinking if you’re beat up or discouraged, run down. Look at the book of psalms. It is amazing, refreshing thing of how you they take his thoughts captive and give his concern to birth Lord and worship lee praises God and models for us how to think, healthy as christians minimum in the bible is your word to feed your soul. We have to read the bible daily and genuinely authentically connected God through prayer and reading of the bible hip hop, because because hypocrisy lives in you, it lives in me, it comes naturally to all of us. Nothing can address our motivations, our intentions, our heart like God and his word God always seems to poke the hypocrite in the eye. Amen, Let’s pray God, I thank you for today. Thank you for the word of God and how it can transform lives. If we let it, it’s powerful enough to protect itself. If we let it out in our lives scott, you are a God who takes amazing care of your sons and daughters. I ask that you just teach us Lord how to walk with you and inviting you as individuals and as a corporate church, we just love you and thank you for the gospel in jesus name. We pray Amen.