Jesus ate with Pharisees

One thing that is often overlooked about the parable of the two sons in Luke 15 is that it ends with the father going out to the elder brother, to call him to repentance and to join in the celebration over the younger brother. Jesus told all the parables on Luke 15 to the Pharisees and scribes. He wasn’t merely explaining why He ate and drank with sinners and tax collectors, He was calling them to repentance as well. Sometimes the impression is given that Jesus hated the Pharisees. He certainly had harsh words for them and disagreed with their hypocrisy and self-righteousness, but He told lots of parables to them to call them away from their sin, and He spent lots of time eating with them, just as he did with the “sinners.” He wasn’t a Pharisee toward the Pharisees. May we not be either.


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