Discussion Questions: Luke 11:37-44

  1. Why was the Pharisee astonished that Jesus did not wash before dinner? Why did Jesus choose not to wash?
  2. Jesus’ rebuke of the Pharisees begins in verse 39. What did he mean when he said, “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.” (Luke 11:39)
  3. What did Christ mean when he said, “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.” (Luke 11:42)
  4. What did he mean when he said, “Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seat in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.” (Luke 11:43).
  5. And what about these words: “Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without knowing it.” (Luke 11:44)
  6. The trouble with the Pharisees was not their religious devotion. Every Christian should strive to be religiously devout. Where then did the Pharisees go wrong?
  7. How does this text apply to you? What have you learned from the bad example of the Pharisees? How does this text point to our need for Christ?

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