20 Jun Woe to You, Hypocrites!
Woe to You, Hypocrites
Verses to read:
1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:
2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.
3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.
4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.
5 “Everything they do is done for people to: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long;
6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues;
7 they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.
8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.
9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.
10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah.
11 The greatest among you will be your servant.
12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
First and second woes: Mislead people away from God.
1) First woe: Shut doors to potential believers.
2) Second woe: Lead new converts astray.
Third and Fourth woes: Upside down priorities.
1) Third woe: Dishonest and insincere toward God.
2) Fourth woe: Value the lesser more than the greater (tithes > justice).
Fifth and sixth woes: Undue focus on ‘externalism’
1) Fifth woe: Use external cleanness to conceal inner impurity.
2) Sixth woe: Use outward righteousness to hide inward evil.
Seventh woe (the climax): Rejection of those sent by God.
- Of the 7 woes pronounced by Jesus, which are those that you have to be more watchful of too? Can you sense the threat of hypocrisy in your life, and how can you nip it off more and more from your life?