Read Matthew 23
The seventh of the woes—you guessed it: hypocrites.
Have you ever thought if you were in Adam’s or Eve’s place, that I would not have done that? That tree would still have all of its fruit. I would have chosen differently.
And the world would be a better place…
Then we realize that we have only been awake for 10 minutes and need to confess to God for 15 minutes. It is human nature to think that we would have done a better job.
The Pharisees had this sanctimonious—holier than thou—nature about them. They didn’t really live according to God’s desire, but they wouldn’t tell you that. If they made an error, it wasn’t really an error.
If you are the guys with all of the penalty flags, you know you can’t waste them on yourself. You will surely need them before marking off 15 yards for some petty offense for those who are not sporting the pretty big boxes on their foreheads.
The Pharisees can’t divorce themselves from the sinful world that they live in. Like their ancestors, they have grown accustomed to some of the comforts of the godless. While they are sanctimonious, they are not sanctified.
They were not growing closer to God. They made up their own rules so they didn’t need to be.
Here is the short version-hypocrites.
How do we apply this to ourselves? Stay humble. Let the word of God judge the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.