To rightly interpret the Scriptures we need to recognize it as a common form of expression. It was the rich religious establishment that felt threatened and resisted his teachings. Our walk in God demands change. Why are the poor so blessed? For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. We will update whenever we hear something new, something authentic.
The washing was not a cleansing washing, but a ceremonial washing. They continue to question, to find something that they might accuse, or some basis of disagreement that they may justify where they stand. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. Jesus spoke of the Old Testament. Of course, but Jesus is using a sharp contrast to make a vital point to his disciples.
Jeremiah spoke about the prophets and priests who bear rule over His people. The Pharisees were the separatists because of their close adherence to the law. Jesus was speaking to the religious system. I find my task as a teacher to promote students positive learning, to spark their interest for learning, and to provide strong foundations for their lifelong learning. They were not warned of God's coming judgment. Man tries to keep us in his bondage. The Pharisees were not warning the people to get their lives in order with God.
They have already received their comfort. God's judgment hand is upon the house of God. But what a blessing the poor have, for the whole Kingdom of which God is Master opens up to them. We see a theme in the Old Testament and New of those righteous people who grieve for the unrighteousness they see all around them. Well you should certainly think about joining my track team. Babylon is called the great whore.
Personal Application As I write these words I am faced with various decisions that are directly related to money and popularity. I'm not sure the poor would agree, and the rich would probably laugh. When we want the glory of His name, then we are wanting to share His glory. If you've ever been on a speaking circuit you probably have prepared several basic speeches. A large crowd is crammed together to listen to an increasingly famous teacher -- people all the way from Judea and Jerusalem in the south, as well as hearers from the Gentile lands along the coasts of Tyre and Sidon to the north, present-day Lebanon.
Those who are wealthy feel insulated by their wealth. The religious systems have robbed the people of the key of knowledge by not teaching a relationship to God through the Spirit, and that His anointing will lead them into all truth. Compare the whited tombs and dead men's bones in the 3rd woe to the religious systems in our day. Today, many churches teach that you sin every day and anything you do causes sin in your life. Being a prophet was never easy, but God honored those who spoke his words at great personal risk.
As many today, the Herodians had made government their God and were persuaded that the answer to all of man's problems would come from the government. Those who appear to be alive but who are walking in death appear beautiful outwardly, but inwardly are full of death because they do not have the life of the Holy Spirit in them. So, as it turns out, Drake is kind of talking about the opposite thing most people assume him to be talking about. Many churches have dress codes. Please don't subscribe your friends; let them decide for themselves.
Their comfort comes from their wealth. He was teaching his hearers the basic truths of the good news of the Kingdom. We are not to seek persecution. Pie in the Sky When You Die By and By Christians are often accused of being otherworldly. It, too, is poetry, not prose, and is meant to speak to the heart as well as the mind. That's what Jesus is talking about -- hunger.
You get so you don't need your notes after a while. Right now, there are lot of speculations around the internet that discusses what he really meant by the word woes. At the end of World War One, the demise of the German Empire was a tough subject for the people, generals, and the right wing political party to digest. If we are not alive now, in the Spirit, and if we are not as He is when He appears, we will never see Him. Then Jesus proceeded to pronounce six woes on the religious system. These were hung between the eyes and over the heart.