“Teacher, by saying these things You reproach us also.”
– Luke 11:45
The Scribes and the Pharisees are often seen with each other in the Scriptures. That is because the Pharisees followed what these lawyers wrote. The Scribes, or attorneys, were the copyists, editors, and teachers of God’s law when Jesus walked the earth. They were the ones who wrote the rules for human conduct. In-fact, their interpretation of the Mosaic Law became law and more important than God’s Word itself.
As Jesus was pronouncing warnings to the Pharisees, we do not even read that the Scribes were present at the outset of Jesus’ conversation. The Messiah was pointing out their sins, yet there was not a sound from the Scribes. However, when the Lord comes to His third woe, they are called out by name and included with the Pharisees. In one moment, they were silent watching the Lord correct the Pharisees, but when their own sins were pointed out, they immediately began defending themselves.
The Bible tells us there is none righteous, we all have a sin problem. If you say you do not, then you call God a liar, and Jesus died for nothing. Sin must be dealt with, sometimes harshly. It cannot be dealt with if it is never exposed. Many times when it is revealed to us, we begin defending it. Proverbs 12:1 tells us, “Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.” When our hearts are closed off to correction, sin will never be remedied.
Jesus caught the attention of the Scribes by calling them by name and then pointing out their sin. Why? Was it because the Lord hated them? That is what the Scribes thought. Their charge was that Jesus was rude to them, and they did not like that. The Lord was not harsh, He pointed out the truth because He loves! Jesus came to save that which is lost, that is His entire desire for souls. Maybe today, Jesus is pointing out something in your life that needs to be remedied. Perhaps He has pointed to something, and it “hit a nerve.” How will you respond? Be corrected and be restored through the love of Christ!
“My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline and don’t be upset when He corrects you. For the Lord corrects those He loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom He delights.”
– Proverbs 3:11-12