Luke 11:47-48 — “Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers…” Jesus accused the law experts in His day of giving their approval to the murder of the prophets. How could this be? Didn’t these men revere the prophets? Didn’t they show their respect for the prophets by building their tombs?
As we consider Jesus’ second denunciation of the lawyers, we again see the deeper problem. They misunderstood and mishandled the very thing they were supposed to be experts in – the Law of God. They fundamentally missed the message of the Law and that was seen in their attitude towards Jesus.