QT – Matthew 23

Vs. 7, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites.”  It’s time for Jesus to take the offensive move and reveal the hypocritical Pharisees.  The warning is for all of us to not fall into the trap of religious righteousness.  The great sin was pride as they found the respect of others by ruling with fear and false teachings.  Jesus would share eight woes and in many ways we can contras them to the beattiutudes in Matthew 5.  We see a picture of some of the things they did that went against the very core of love and humility.  Sadly, we see Jesus lament over the many opportunities that have been given to the Pharisees and to all of us. 

Regarding application…Godly Living.  Vs. 3b, “…But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.”  Practice what you preach.  It’s still a saying we use today.  We must walk the walk if we talk the talk.  Don’t think that this only applies to people who just preach.  Everyday we are living testimonies of Godly living in how we speak and act.  This is a very convicting chapter as I reflect upon my own wants and desires.  Despite our failings as Christians and the times when we cause others to hinder…Hypocrisy is not a valid excuse to leave the church.  So many people will use this reason to justify themselves that they don’t need to go to church.  However, we as the church most definitely need to do better in how we live this life.  Let’s do the best we can to encourage others in how we live rather than turn them away from being hyopcrites