To read the texts click on the texts:Rom 3:21-30;Lk 11:47-54
The text contains the second (11:47–51)
and third (11:52) woe to the lawyers. The second woe deals with the
attitude of the lawyers to the prophets whom their ancestors killed and the
lawyers approve of that killing by building monuments to the same prophets. In
this way they are accomplices to the murders.
The final woe condemns the lawyers
because though they possessed knowledge, they did not use it as it was meant to
be used, nor did they allow others to use it. They acted as stumbling blocks in
The woes that Jesus pronounces do not go
down too well with the Pharisees, who began to ask many questions in order to
catch Jesus on the wrong foot.
We too can become stumbling blocks in
other’s way to God by the things that we say and the things that we do. When we
point out the negatives in others and in the process forget all the positive
qualities they possess we cause them to stumble.