Chapter 11 – I thought it interesting that the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray just as John taught his disciples. Jesus then shares the Lord’s Prayer and further goes on talking about waking up a neighbor at night and how we should be persistent in our prayers.
Jesus goes on to heal a mute man and the people declare He is casting out demons by the name of beelzebub. So, Christ talks about a kingdom divided against itself. Makes so much sense but I wondered did all hearing what was said that day understand?
Then: “As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” 27-28 NIV
Even way back then, Mary was already getting worshipped. Don’t you just love Jesus’ not so subtle reply saying “No, not that – this is the way.”
He talks about the sign of Jonah (29-32). Did the people listening understand when He said: “…now something greater than Jonah is here.” (32)?
This next section speaks for itself and bears repeating. “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.” 33-36 NIV
I imagine the ‘woe to you Pharisees’ section (37-54) made those men to be seething. No one wants to be called out for the bad they do especially when they think they have covered themselves. So, what do they try to do? Trap Him in the badgering questions they besiege on Him. But, it was not quite that time yet.
I leave you with this: Don’t be pompous, dishonest, don’t neglect justice or the love of God (42). Don’t be like a Pharisee.