By: Pastor Bill
Upcoming Church Scriptures To Read: Matthew 23:1-39 / 1 Kings 16
“Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” Luke 12:1
What is your experience with hypocrisy? Webster’s defines hypocrisy as “a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion; a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings.”
There is no better illustration of this than a certain man of history: “He made free use of Christian vocabulary. He talked about the blessing of the Almighty and the Christian confessions which would become the pillars of the new government. He assumed the earnestness of a man weighed down by historic responsibility. He handed out pious stories to the press, especially to the church papers. He showed his tattered Bible and declared that he drew strength for his great work from it as scores of pious people welcomed him as a man sent from God. Indeed, Adolf Hitler was a master of outward religiosity–with no inward reality! Hypocrisy!”
In Matthew 23, Jesus’ last public sermon, He points to the “hypokritēs” (hü-po-kre-ta’s) “the mask wearers” of His day. He gives here in Matthew 23 a scathing rebuke …both for their good, as they desperately needed to repent from their falseness…but also to correct them publicly to warn the multitudes and even His own disciples of falling into SPIRITUAL PRIDE and in so doing they ‘fake it in order to make it.’ Lets pray this prayer together today:
“Lord Jesus, humble us… and keep us humble. We want to always be useable and blessable as Your sons and daughters but we know that hypocrisy and the leaven of it is ever present at the door of our hearts and minds. May we stay humble, may we stay near to You… In Jesus name!
By His Spirit,