Beware Of Dead Mens Bones

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness…” Matthew 23:27,28.

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Hypocrisy, hupokrisis, (Noun) Strong”s # 5272- from hupokrinomai, (5271), to pretend. Hypocrisy, dissimulation (Mark 12:15; Luke 12:1; Gal.2:13; 1 Tim. 4:2; 1 Pet.2:1).
Hupokrisis was used generally for flattery or evil deception.
Old Testament: God cannot tolerate hypocrisy (Job 13:16), and He is continually exposing (Job 5:13). Jesus confronted hypocrisy all through His ministry. Idolatry is a form of hypocrisy which keeps a man from being perfect (fully mature) and wholehearted, with the Lord his God (Deut.18:13).
The prophet Isaiah brought scathing, humiliating expose’s, and denunciations of the religious hypocrisy which was widespread in his day. Malachi also expounded on hypocrisy as well.
All false prophecy was hypocrisy—Like todays seeker-friendly, oh, say what I want to hear, preaching and teaching—the saying of the thing that pleased, and not the thing was true. The person most deceived was the hypocrite himself (Isa. 33:14; Job 27:8), but he was also a danger to the society in which he lived (Job15:34).
New Testament: In the synoptic gospel hypocrisy is denounced more so than any other sin. In John’s Gospel it is compared with pseudos (5579), falsehood, lying, which is equally condemned. Jesus presents this evil as something hidden that one day will be made manifest, a sin which glories in misleading another by smooth flatteries (Matt. 22:15,16).
In Jesus’ day religious hypocrites went about in long robes seeking to be reverenced by public recognition, taking honor for granted and veiling oppressive greediness with long prayers (Mark. 12:38-40).
Hypocrisy puts on a clean suit and undergarments without first taking a much needed bath. They take great joy in cleansing the outside of the cup and platter while leaving them full of extortion and wickedness.
Jesus said, “Woe, to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like graves which are not seen, and the men who walk over them are not aware of them.” Luke 11:44.
Tommorow: Part two.

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