Matthew 23

23 Jan

Continuing to go through the book of Matthew looking at one chapter a day and offering a thought, question, or quote. Today it is Matthew 23:

Matthew 23:13, 15, 23, 25, 27, 29 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!

Hypocrisy was an actors term. It was a word coined for an individual who was playing a role. It was a word in the acting world of someone who was no longer themselves but behaving as someone else in front of others. There are two keys to hypocrisy 1) the hypocrite chooses the opinion of the crowd vs. choosing an audience of one (God) and 2) the hypocrite ultimately doesn’t live in a community of grace. They are in a community where they have to put on a front or a face. After a while it becomes all they know.

It was Shakespeare who said that God has given us one face and we have traded it for another.

Do you hate hypocrisy in the church. So does Jesus. If you have been turned off by the hypocrisy of others that is understandable. And we tend to be very aware of the hypocrisy of others and very tolerant of our own. Where might you, before you have all kinds of images of people in your mind that this applies to, first look at yourself?

We often always put ourselves in the shoes of the hero’s in the text and put others in the shoes of those who are doing less than stellar.

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