Woe to You, Hypocrites!

Woe to You, Hypocrites!

Preacher Huijun - 9 June 2018

Woe to You, Hypocrites! (Matthew 23:1-12)

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Scripture References: Matthew 23:1-39

From Series: "All English Service"

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Woe to You, Hypocrites

There are signs of dangers lurking in our Christian walk. They threaten our relationship with God, steal our joy and power, distract us and even make us stumble others. Jesus warns sharply against: (1) turning others away from God, (2) upside down priorities, (3) excessive focus on external piety to the neglect of internal purity, as well as, (4) the ultimate sin of rejecting God. Though we sometimes fall into some of these weaknesses, God still desires a repentant and humble heart, on which He will shower mercy and help.

Verses to read: 

<Mt 23:1-12>

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:

“The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.

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.

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;

they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues;

they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.

“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.

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.

 

Reflection:

  1. 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?
Preacher Huijun Lin
huijun1910@yahoo.com.sg

Huijun serves as Secretary of The Blessed RUN Ministries. She is also the Preacher at The Life Church and Missions (Singapore). She graduated from Singapore Bible College and currently lives in Singapore with her husband, Chengji.

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