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Matthew 23 - AMP

2 The scribes and Pharisees sit on Moses' seat . 3 So observe and practice all they tell you; but do not do what they do, for they preach, but do not practice. 4 They tie up heavy loads, hard to bear, and place them on men's shoulders, but they themselves will not lift a finger to help bear them. 5 They do all their works to be seen of men; for they make wide their phylacteries (John D. Davis, A Dictionary of the Bible.small cases enclosing certain Scripture passages, worn during prayer on the left arm and forehead) and make long their fringes . 6 And they Kenneth Wuest, Word Studies.take pleasure in and love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues, 7 And to be greeted with honor in the marketplaces and to have people call them rabbi. 8 But you are not to be called rabbi (teacher), for you have one Teacher and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth father, for you have one Father, Who is in heaven. 10 And you must not be called masters (leaders), for you have one Master (Leader), the Christ. 11 He who is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled (brought low), and whoever humbles himself shall be Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.raised to honor. 13 But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in men's faces; for you neither enter yourselves, nor do you allow those who are about to go in to do so. 14 Some manuscripts do not contain verse 14.Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you swallow up widows' houses and for a pretense to cover it up make long prayers; therefore you will receive the greater condemnation and the heavier sentence. 15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you travel over sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes one , you make him doubly as much a child of hell (Gehenna) as you are. 16 Woe to you, blind guides, who say, If anyone swears by the Richard Trench, Synonyms of the New Testament.sanctuary of the temple, it is nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the Richard Trench, Synonyms of the New Testament.sanctuary, he is a debtor . 17 You blind fools! For which is greater: the gold, or the Richard Trench, Synonyms of the New Testament.sanctuary of the temple that has made the gold sacred? 18 You say too, Whoever swears by the altar is not duty bound; but whoever swears by the offering on the altar, his oath is binding. 19 You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar which makes the gift sacred? 20 So whoever swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21 And he who swears by the Richard Trench, Synonyms of the New Testament.sanctuary of the temple swears by it and by Him Who dwells in it. 22 And whoever swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by Him Who sits upon it. 23 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you give a tenth of your mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected and omitted the weightier (more important) matters of the Law--right and justice and mercy and fidelity. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides, filtering out a gnat and gulping down a The camel was also unclean, one of the largest of unclean animals, whereas the gnat was the smallest of unclean animals (Lev. 11:4).camel! 25 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but within they are full of extortion (prey, spoil, plunder) and grasping self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and of the plate, so that the outside may be clean also. 27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you are like tombs that have been whitewashed, which look beautiful on the outside but inside are full of dead men's bones and everything impure. 28 Just so, you also outwardly seem to people to be just and upright but inside you are full of pretense and lawlessness and iniquity. 29 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you build tombs for the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, 30 Saying, If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have aided them in shedding the blood of the prophets. 31 Thus you are testifying against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers' sins to the brim . 33 You serpents! You spawn of vipers! How can you escape the Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.penalty to be suffered in hell (Gehenna)? 34 Because of this, take notice: I am sending you prophets and wise men (interpreters and teachers) and scribes (men learned in the Mosaic Law and the Prophets); some of them you will kill, even crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue and persecute from town to town, 35 So that upon your heads may come all the blood of the righteous (G. Abbott-Smith, Manual Greek Lexicon.those who correspond to the divine standard of right) shed on earth, from the blood of the righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar . 36 Truly I declare to you, all these will come upon this generation. 37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, murdering the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a mother fowl gathers her brood under her wings, and you refused! 38 Behold, your house is forsaken and desolate (abandoned and left destitute of God's help). 39 For I declare to you, you will not see Me again until you say, Blessed (magnified in worship, adored, and exalted) is He Who comes in the name of the Lord!

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Perry Greene avatar
Defusing Duplicity
Shared by: Perry Greene on Jan, 2017
Summary: This is the first lesson in a series based on James MacDonald's book, Authentic. This lesson battles the problem of hypocrisy.
Series: Get Real!
Dr. Ronald Shultz avatar
Prayer of Salvation or Damnatiom
Shared by: Dr. Ronald Shultz on Oct, 2016
Summary: Don't put that notch on your Gospel gun until you are sure you hit the target. If it is not a heart shot, a flesh wound will kill them.
Scripture: Matthew 23:15
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 99
Daniel  Chapman avatar
The Steps of The Righteous
Shared by: Daniel Chapman on Aug, 2016
Summary: An insight of the 15 steps of the Holy Temple where it is believed to be where Jesus taught from. a comparison of the psalms of ascension to both; the pilgrimage to Jerusalem & the temple steps. This sermon is rich in history, illustration, & God's word!
David Radcliff avatar
Shared by: David Radcliff on Mar, 2016
Summary: One of Christ's most scathing sermons.
Scripture: Matthew 23:13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 188
Bob Marcaurelle avatar
HYpocrites - The Best Argument Against Salvation
Shared by: Bob Marcaurelle on Mar, 2016
Summary: Message seven shows hypocrites lead many people to doubt the reality of church member's claims and their need of accepting Jesus. It defines what a hypocrite is and what our response should be.
Scripture: Matthew 23:13-14
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 200
Jerry Owen avatar
As A Hen Gathers Her Chicks
Shared by: Jerry Owen on Dec, 2015
Summary: A Mother's Day sermon describing the love of a good mother and the love of Jesus Christ in an unusual way.
Scripture: Matthew 23:37
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,491
J Jeffrey  Smead avatar
'Cause I Showed Everybody How To Find Jesus
Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Dec, 2015
Summary: And on the way home Jana said, with great satisfaction "I had the main part in the play!" "You did?"wondering why she thought that. "Yes," she said, "'cause I showed everybody how to find Jesus!" Wouldn't that be a wonderful way to be remembered.
Greg Gordon avatar
Matthew 23 - Call No Man Father
Shared by: Greg Gordon on May, 2015
Summary: And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. - Matthew 23:9 Leaving a Presbyterian Church today at the end of the service we sang 3 amens, which is typical in many reformed churches dating back to the time ...
Scripture: Matthew 23:9
Views: 269
Dr. William D.  Poovey avatar
Shared by: Dr. William D. Poovey on Apr, 2015
Summary: Matthew 23:37 , how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,
Scripture: Matthew 23:37
Denomination: Foursquare
Views: 810
J Jeffrey  Smead avatar
You "Are" The Salt You "Are" The Light (Short Homily)
Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Mar, 2015
Summary: You "Are" The Salt You "Are" The Light! It does not state you could be the Salt or the light. It does not say you should be the salt and the light. It says you "are". It is a promise!
Dale McAnally avatar
Have We Not Rather Mourned?
Shared by: Dale McAnally on Dec, 2014
Summary: Mourning in it’s truest sense in the scriptures means intercession, travail, and earnest supplication. Mourning means that we are seeing or perceiving people and situations through the eyes of the Lord rather than through the judgment of the flesh.
Trae Durden avatar
Weightless Faith
Shared by: Trae Durden on Dec, 2014
Summary: We hear Jesus say “My yoke is easy, My burden is light” (Mt. 11:30). And we choose to run with that “easy” life! We love to forget that He also said, ““If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mt. 16:24)
Bishop Lalachan Abraham avatar
A Reflection on Servant-Leadership
Shared by: Bishop Lalachan Abraham on Nov, 2014
Summary: Jesus said “The greatest among you must be a servant.”(Matthew 23:11)
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Scripture: Matthew 23:1-12
Denomination: *other
Views: 6,075
Kenneth Sauer avatar
"We Can Get So Off Base"
Shared by: Kenneth Sauer on Nov, 2014
Summary: A sermon about loving mercy.
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-12
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 532
Craig Benner avatar
Pharisee or Holiness?
Shared by: Craig Benner on Oct, 2014
Summary: There are many who would argue that a Pharisee and one who believes in holiness are one in the same. I beg to differ. True holiness affects the external and the internal. It affects the acts and the attitude.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-33
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 300
Christopher Holdsworth avatar
A Critique of Pharisaic Hypocrisy
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Sep, 2014
Summary: To "say and to do not" versus the grace of humility.
Michael Deutsch avatar
Idol Worship
Shared by: Michael Deutsch on Aug, 2014
Summary: Idols we worship. Part 3 of 3.
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-28
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 318
Michael Stark avatar
Writing Off the Future
Shared by: Michael Stark on Jun, 2014
Summary: Teaching Christian values without bringing our children to faith in the Risen Son of God, condemns them to eternal death. The Pharisees stand as a beacon warning Christians not to succumb to the lure of presenting Christian values.
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-15
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,004
Larry Turner avatar
The Puppy Story
Shared by: Larry Turner on Mar, 2014
Summary: Two Christians, one unbeliever, a little girl, a puppy, and a shark constitues a story about the lost and the believers responsiblities.
Mark Opperman avatar
Help for the Hypocrite
Shared by: Mark Opperman on Jan, 2014
Summary: As we better understand what a true Christian is, we’ll have a better understanding of what a hypocrite is. 3 distinctives of genuine Christians: Real Christians Are Forgiven Sinners, Are Not What They Used To Be, and Are Becoming What They Will Be.
Scripture: Matthew 23:23-28
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 556
Shared by: KERMIT REAVES on Jan, 2014
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Scripture: Matthew 23:25-26
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,718
Jeff Strite avatar
Where's Your Worth?
Shared by: Jeff Strite on Dec, 2013
Summary: Where do you find your "self-worth"? Is it in God, or in yourself? The Pharisees looked for their importance in themselves and ended up robbing God of His glory to gain their own. How can avoid the traps that ensnared these highly religious leaders?
Dr.W.Samuel Legon avatar
Shared by: Dr.W.Samuel Legon on Oct, 2013
Summary: When people go to far with God and he leaves them alone.
Scripture: Matthew 23:37-24:1
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 743
Gerald Roberts avatar
Dressed UP
Shared by: Gerald Roberts on Oct, 2013
Summary: Sermon titled dressed up because it is close to Halloween. The describes how the Pharisees dressed up outwardly but inwardly were not Saints. The sermon share how Saints are dressed up.
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-12
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 529
Christian Cheong avatar
Going for Life Change
Shared by: Christian Cheong on Oct, 2013
Summary: The Pharisees did not experience life change because they had a different belief. Don't replace the relationship with a religion. Don't make the outward more important than the inward.
Rodney Johnson avatar
Desktop COmputer Christian Part 3
Shared by: Rodney Johnson on Jul, 2013
Summary: Part 3 focuses on the tablet Chjristian - one who places a lot of restrictions on how to be a Christian.
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid avatar
Trying Times - "Mission Sunday School Class"
Shared by: Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid on Jul, 2013
Summary: Witnessing for Christ
Series: Trying Times
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Matthew 23:1-24:51
Denomination: Friends
Views: 2,082
Ian Johnson avatar
Shared by: Ian Johnson on Feb, 2013
Summary: The call to come inward to the table is often ignored because many don’t see the value of such fellowship; their aim is to be doing where as the aim of the table for two is simply “Being” in His presence.
Scripture: Matthew 23:13-25
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 687
Dave Bentley avatar
Not A Fan: Follow the Redeemer, not Just the Rules
Shared by: Dave Bentley on Jan, 2013
Summary: Third in a series of messages based on the book NOT A FAN, calling believers to become committed followers of Christ
Series: Not A Fan
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Scripture: Matthew 23:1-24:1
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,215
Jerry Watts avatar
Missing The Mark
Shared by: Jerry Watts on Dec, 2012
Summary: This message series inspired by Kyle Idleman's book, "Not a Fan."
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Scripture: Matthew 23:1-39
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,052