Summary: Matthew 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:
Eight Woes Upon The Pharisees
By Pastor CG
Marks of a Pharisee
a [Moses’ seat]
Twenty-one Characteristics of Hypocrites
19. They glory in physical cleanliness, but live in moral filth (Mt. v23:25-26).
a [whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not] Obey God’s Word even if it comes from hypocrites, but do not live like them.
a [they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers] They point out the narrowest road to destruction. Practicing religion is not in itself condemned, but focussing only on its outward forms—the acts of piety to be seen of men—is wrong.
a [works they do for to be seen of men] The works of the hypocrites were done to be seen by others. Like many today, outward style in dress and beautiful forms of religion made the sum of their godliness.
b [seen of men] To be looked at as a clown or actor.
c [phylacteries] A small square box containing a parchment or skin (about 1 1/2 x 18 inches) on which were written Exodus 13:1-10 (quickview) Deut. 6:4-9; Deut. 11:13-21. Worn on the arm and forehead by men only. Common people wore them only during prayers, but they were worn continually by the Pharisees who sought to enlarge the boxes so as to attract attention. Jesus did not condemn the wearing of them but the show made of them in public. They became badges of vanity and hypocrisy and amulets to drive away evil spirits.