No single verse, but in this chapter Jesus addresses Pharisees on two different occasions.
There were over 6,000 men who qualified to be a Pharisee in Jesus’ time. Only a fraction of them were on the ruling council of Israel, the Sanhedrin. Some Pharisees were followers of Jesus, like Nicodemus in John 3. It occurs to me that not every interaction in the Gospels between Jesus and those called Pharisees was a confrontation or power struggle. In the first part of Luke 6 Jesus and His disciples, some of whom were Pharisees, were walking through a field. Why would the ones who opposed him, as is seen later in the chapter, be walking through dirty farm field? I think those who ask why the disciples ate the grain as is contrary to the law weren’t confronting but genuinely curious and wanted to understand. Jesus, as always, graciously taught them.
Pharisees were experts at least in the Torah if not the rest of the OT, as was Jesus. Yet they wanted to understand “why”. It’s important to always be a student, always be a learner. Once you think you know it all (or at least enough) you will stop learning, and therefore stop growing. At the same time, always be a teacher. Always be ready to share what the Lord has shared with you for the benefit and growth of others.
Lord, help me to pay attention better because I know that you are always trying to teach me and I always need to learn. Also help me to teach, not just from the pulpit but in every day interactions. Show me the opportunities to share Your Truth with others. Amen.
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