January 27
A Warning To Hypocrites
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. Matthew 23:23
Read Matthew Chapter 23
The Greek word for hypocrite means actor. Webster's Dictionary describes the word hypocrite as one who pretends to be something he is not. Another way to describe a hypocrite is one who does not practice what he preaches. Jesus devoted almost this entire chapter to warning the scribes and Pharisees of the danger of being hypocrites. Not only did He warn them, but He called them hypocrites. Jesus reminded them over and over again that their outward appearance meant nothing, because they lacked truth on the inside. We are reminded of this in Scripture, For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. (1 Sam. 16:7b) We need to take a lesson from these warnings. Because we are sinners, we can fall into hypocrisy. We need to examine our lives to see if there lives in us any dead man's bones. It can be painful to look closely into our souls, but so profitable if we do. Jesus is God's gift to us for salvation, so thankfully we have somewhere to take our sin.

Prayer: Father, help us to be real and transparent before You and others.

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