What Jesus wants done

Luke Bible Background

04.08.2018 – New Testament: Luke 11.42

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 11.29–54 on April 8, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

We like to emphasize certain things in religion, and we might be tempted to think that our zeal in that particular area frees us from the same diligence in other matters. Note what Jesus said to the Pharisees,

“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone” (Luke 11.42).

It is easy to tithe spices and herbs. What change in living does that require? However, to practice justice and the love of God requires a life-change from us and it means a great deal of work. However, Jesus did not belittle the tithing, but said that the Pharisees should have done those things, and they should also have practiced justice and the love God. It is not “either…or,” but “both…and.”


  • Do you practice balanced Christianity, emphasizing all that the Lord wants you to emphasize?
  • Do you go out of your way to show people the love of God?

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