Thursday, February 11, 2021

Matthew 23 - Part 6


Read Matthew 23

The fifth and sixth of the woes—hypocrites again.

This is one of the more difficult sections for men of this century to understand.  If your cup is dirty, put it in the dishwasher.  That’s why you bought the thing.  Let it do the work. Why wash the cup so that it’s clean enough to wash.  What up with that.

Let’s leave the mechanical dishwashers out of the interpretation.  The Pharisees were all about appearances.  If the outside looked good, people might think that they were clean on the inside.

Jesus knew better. He continued by calling these religious hypocrites whitewashed tombs.  The tomb looks pretty on the outside but everyone knows that you don’t want to open a tomb.  The smell would be overpowering.  The inside of a tomb is not an appealing sight.

We have looked at this inside out thing before. If God’s word is not a work in you from the inside—the heart and mind—then it doesn’t matter how pretty you make the outside.  God sees the heart.

We must take the words of our Lord, internalize them, and live them.


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