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Will the real hypocrites please stand up ?




TEXT: MATTHEW 23-25-28, MARK 12:38-40


This message this morning is not only for the body of Christ but to us as individuals so that we may evaluate were we stand in this Christian walk.

There are so many people committing hypocrisy and don’t realize it and may realize it and refuse to acknowledge it.

The text this morning deals with a group of people who think that they are in the right but actually in the wrong an therefore causing others to stumble, causing those who would come to Christ to otherwise turn away.

Pharisees and Sadducees appeared righteous outwardly and inwardly their motives were evil. They did more to drive people away from God than lead them to Him.

They were experts at appearing good from the outside, when they were actually unfaithful on the inside. When they fasted, they would pretend to act like they didn’t want anyone to know, but they would disfigure their face or find some round about way for others to find out so

before we go too much further, we need to know who the scribes and Pharisees are. We need to know who it is that Jesus is giving such a hard time to. Well, the Pharisees were a relatively small group, possibly no more than 6,000 of them. Scribes, whose job was writing in a world where most people didn’t read or write, were very often Pharisees, so they tended to get lumped together by Jesus. Pharisees were the religious people who studied the scriptures and taught the faith

We need to go back to in history to understaND something of the background of the Pharisees and the scribes. You may recall that after the Babylonian exile when the Israelites returned to their land there was a very strong feeling that their exile had been as a result of their failure to keep God’s laws. And as a result there was a new emphasis on understanding and studying the Scriptures, and the scribes and later the Pharisees were right at the heart of that. So, they were grounded in a heritage of commitment to scripture and the law of the Lord.

About 150 years BC, there was an attempt to force Greek education on the Jews, and in this period, the Pharisees became staunch defenders of the Jewish religion and traditions. In this cause, they developed a national system of education so that, in theory at least, all Jewish boys were taught the Torah. This development was of great importance, and it was their desire and intention that everyone in Israel achieves holiness through the study of the Torah. So, we see that the Pharisees were committed to teaching and education, and the Pharisees consequently found their main function in teaching and preaching.

The purpose of their teaching was for people to achieve holiness, and to that end, they believed that the application of Gods laws to one’s life was crucial. They were committed to holiness of living. The Pharisees sought to integrate the priestly standards of purity into their private lives.

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