Woe To You
Jesus said to the crowd in His Sermon on the Mount in [Luke 6:20-26], “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled. Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, for in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.” But to those people who look down on their fellow-man because they have little money, no social standing in life, and their faith is in God; Jesus said, “Woe to you…” Take notice, Jesus wasn’t speaking to gentile unbelievers but to Jews who frequented the temple and synagogues. In modern-day terminology the people Jesus is pronouncing ‘woe’ upon would be Christians most of which attend church just as faithfully as these Jews went to the temple and the synagogues back in His day.
Every sermon Jesus preached has been recorded in the bible for our enjoyment and has a point. They weren’t included just to tickle our curiosity and the Sermon on the Mount is no different. Jesus was teaching the people how to tell the difference between a true believer and a religious person. A religious-minded person loves their position in life more than they love their God. Do you understand? The people Jesus pronounced woe upon are materialistic people. The only difference between the religious person Jesus was talking about and the wealthy unbeliever is the religious person attends church, whereas the unbeliever doesn’t. Even though the religious-minded Jews attended the temple and their synagouge faithfully, they were no more spiritual (or trusted in God) than the computer screen you are reading this blog entry on. For all intents and purposes, religious-minded people are of no earthly good to God, or their fellow-man. They are in every sense of the word a ‘hindrance’ to what God wants to do in the world just like they were back then when they did everything within their power to prevent Jesus from doing what He came to do. Two thousand years have passed since Jesus walked the earth and people haven’t changed one bit because the spirits who control them haven’t changed; and instead of helping their weaker brothers improve their lot in life as they have been instructed to do by the One who blessed them, they look down upon their weaker brothers because of their lack.
Listen to the woes Jesus said would come upon the religious minded person. “Woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full, for you shall hunger. Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” Wow! What was Jesus saying to these people? The dictionary definition of woe in the noun form is: grievous distress, affliction, or trouble. In essence Jesus is telling the people everything the weaker brothers of the rich and famous suffered in this lifetime would be magnified multiple times and forever upon the high and mighty. The rich had their money as their consolation; the full had their fill; and those who were laughing now would have nothing to laugh about then. Those who were the blessed in this life but rejected the blessor, would become the cursed, and the one’s they were looking down upon, would become the blessed. The tables would be turned 180 degrees; the strong would become the weak, and the weak would become the strong and they would maintain their new position in life forever. What Jesus is doing in this passage is forcing the high and mighty to examine their life. If they want eternal salvation they will have to make some changes, because if they continued to pursue material possessions, they will suffer forever because they have received their consolation in this lifetime. DThrash
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