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A Certain Priest That Was Strict About Washing Hands Before You Eat (6 of 11)
Ken D. Trivette
The Gospel of Luke is full of several interesting features. The "certain ones" that we have been considering is one such feature. Another interesting feature of Luke is what H.A. Ironside calls, "The Table Talks of Jesus." On several occasions in Luke we find Jesus sitting down to a meal in someone's home. During the course of these meals, subjects came up that provide for us some of the most powerful lessons in all of the Word of God.
On this particular occasion we find Jesus in the home of a "certain Pharisee." He was a man that was very strict about a person washing his hands before he ate. Of course we will learn more about this washing of hands, but the scene Luke describes opened the door for Jesus to confront a need on which heaven and hell hangs for every individual. Once again, let's slip into a home and listen to this dinner conversation.
First we see:
1. A DISPLEASED PHARISEE!
In our last study we visited the home of Martha and Mary. Now we visit the home of a certain Pharisee. Pharisee's were a religious party or school among the Jews at the time of Christ. They were considered the religious leaders of the Jewish nation. Jesus was often attacked by the Pharisee's. In most cases, whenever they approached Him, it was for the purpose of trickery to discredit Him in front of the people.
We see in the story AN OPEN HOME. "And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought Him to dine with him: and He went in, and sat down to meat" (Vs.37). It is always a marvelous thing when people open their homes to Jesus. Martha and Mary had invited Jesus into their home to adore and serve Him. Yet, I doubt this was the reason this "certain Pharisee" had invited Jesus into his home. I am sure his purpose was to attack and slander Him. How sad that in many homes Jesus is given a place but not the preeminence.
We also see AN OFFENDED HOST. "And when th ...
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