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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Matthew 23

Bad pharisees

Summary:
Jesus told his disciples to do what the teachers say but not what they do. They like the big titles, but the disciples shouldn't care. The teachers preach about what they won't enter. They make replicas of their evil selves. They're confused and place more importance on gifts than on God. They worry about little things and forget the big. They only worry about appearances. They are just like their fathers who killed the prophets. They will be a victim of violence. Jesus just wants to hold Jerusalem in his embrace.

Key verse:
28. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

My thoughts:
This is the seven woes on the leaders and teachers. Their fault is simple. They don't focus on God. They don't act as if God really exists. If God doesn't exist, then money is important, and appearances is important and integrity is not. We can't forget that God truly is real, and if we act in accordance with that reality, then what we do will make sense. Basically what Jesus is doing is asking us to live a life to please God, not others.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Mark said...

"You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are."

Haha, so harsh it's pretty funny. Not so surprising they wanted to kill him after the stuff he said in this chapter...

5:10 pm

 
Blogger Pete W said...

See... Jesus hated the Jews. And so should we.

1:18 pm

 
Blogger Pete W said...

< cough >

1:19 pm

 
Blogger Jenny T said...

Gosh Peter!! That is the type of thing you shouldn't say even when you are joking! "NO!" *tap* :D

4:08 pm

 

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