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Matthew 23

October 15, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

“Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, ‘The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses.[a] 3 So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. 4 They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden. 5 “Everything they do is for show.’” v. 1-5

The Pharisees had become more worried about what they said and how they appeared in public than they did about pleasing God.  They knew their stuff but they didn’t seem to apply it to their personal lives (they did their public life) and added man made rules to Gods laws that made it very burdensome for other people.  Jesus says listen to their teaching but don’t follow their example.

It’s easy to want to be recognized.  But we have to be real.  When we put on a mask, or begin to look good on the outside but are dieing on the inside we are in trouble of doing some of the things Jesus called the Pharisees out on.

In this passage Jesus accused the Pharisees of these 7 things

  • Not letting others enter the Kingdom of Heaven and not entering yourselves v. 13
  • Converting people away from God to be like yourself v. 15
  • Blindly leading God’s people to follow man-made traditions instead of God’s Word v. 16-22
  • Involving yourself in every last detail and ignoring what is really important: justice, mercy, and faith v. 23-24
  • Keeping up appearances while your private world is corrupt v. 25-26
  • Acting Spiritual to cover up sin v. 27-28
  • Pretending to have learned from past history, but your present behavior shows you have learned nothing v. 29-36

Pretty convicting list.  If we are, better yet, If I am not careful, I can easily get caught up in one of these areas.

Jesus, as I read yesterday help me love you with All that I am and help me to stay focused on you and not try to be something I am not.

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