Date: July 21, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Luke 11:37-40 |


A Pharisee invited Jesus to a meal and quickly found fault with Him not washing prior to eating. The washing was not hygienic, but ceremonial, and it was meant to have spiritual benefit. This was one of many rules "or fences" that had been added to God's Word.  From an account in Mark's Gospel we see the fences were actually detrimental. Jesus quickly let the Pharisee know the fence didn't "clean the inside." Looking at David's psalm of confession we see the inside is cleaned from confession, versus man's tradition.

Lesson 1: The fences the religious leaders created:

  • (Part I) ______ to ________ fences (Luke 11:38; John 2:6; Mark 7:1-5; Gen 2:16-17 cf. 3:1-3).
  • (Part II) ________________ God’s Word (Mark 7:8-9, 13).
  • (Part III) Didn’t __________ the ____________ (Luke 11:39).

Lesson 2: ______ __________ about the inside more than the outside (Luke 11:40; Jer 18:1-11; Rom 9:21-23; Pro 25:4; 2 Tim 2:20-21). 

Lesson 3: __________ the ____________ through confession (Psa 51:1-2, 6-7, 10, 17; 1 John 1:9).

Family Worship Guide
Memory Verses: Luke 11:34

Day 1: Read Luke 11:39, Mark 7:8-13 and discuss: How do the rules in addition to God’s Word change our proximity to God? Does it fence us in or keep us away? Why would keeping a standard inferior to God’s standards make us feel successful? Who is glorified by keeping these other standards?

Day 2: Read Luke 11:40, 1 Sam 16:7; Pro 25:4; and 2 Tim 2:20 and discuss: What part of our lives do we constantly seek to have hidden? Why would it be natural to promote how we are perceived by others rather than who we really are? What does God look at primarily? How can we be vessels that are fit for use for God?

Day 3: Read Psalm 51 and 1John 1:9 and discuss: According to Ps 51:6 why would God want wisdom to benefit the inside? What is the only means of purifying a corrupt heart? If we are unable to fix our hearts, how does confession enable God to do so?

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